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Compelling, if a little over-written, journalistic account,
This review is from: The Meadow (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The Meadow is the compelling real-life tale of a mysterious kidnapping in Kasmir in 1995. I must admit I knew nothing of the kidnapping until reading this book, but the mystery surrounding the backpackers and the horror of the account of what really happened to them makes this a compelling read.
I suspect The Meadow is overly long - I was surprised by the size and weight of this book when it came through the door - and this suspicion was strengthened when I started reading. Its an easy read, written in a journalistic style, but is in places excessively and unnecessarily detailed e.g. in descriptions of the backpackers' plans and preparations for their trip. Like a lot of similarly well researched books, it feels as though Levy has been keen to include all bits of his research, whether they add to the story or not.
More annoying, for me, was the over-reaching that Levy occasionally makes in relation to the thoughts of the protagonists. This isn't research - it's conjecture - and it weakens what would otherwise be an excellent account. All the same, it's well worth reading.