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So many themes and messages - something for everyone
on 25 February 2012
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written real story from a gifted author. Her writing is very accessible and the best thing, for me, is that she's naturally very funny. Her observations on life and culture give a warmth, realness and point of reference to all kinds of themes and experiences that are pretty scary, immense and life-changing.
At the same time, I learnt about Islam and the Hajj pilgrimmage - an unexpected bonus. Also, it was very refreshing to get a different perspective on Islam and Muslims and Asian culture, outside of the stereotypes that few Muslims can actually relate to. That said, the themes and experiences are completely universal, so ultimately, I think that absolutely anyone and everyone could read this book and take something positive from it. Whether it's boredom with the mundane 9-5 of your job, or a difficult relationship, or the way you treat your parents, the book contains a wealth of experience, insight and hope (no matter what situation you are in).
The personal journey and the physical journey are connected well, so you get a good mix of personality and emotion, with some real descriptions of the environment the author finds herself in.
The book is full of hope, too. Yes, there's despair and difficulty, but it's great to see how the author takes on the physical and emotional challenges. You want her to succeed and be happy.
Definitely a page-turner.