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A story to make you think,
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This review is from: No More Mulberries (Kindle Edition)This novel gave me a lot to think about. It was outside my comfort zone and I wasn't sure if I would like it, however it had me engrossed from page one. It is the story of a mixed marriage, Afghan husband, Scottish wife, and their two children, who live and work as medics in Afghanistan. The mix of cultures fascinated me, as the story drew a picture of a very different lifestyle to that we are accustomed to in the west. It was like taking a step backwards in time to a more simple, basic life without all of the amenities we take for granted. The main character Margaret, who has embraced the muslim faith and changed her name to Miriam, is not fazed by the conditions in which she lives. The stresses come from her relationship with her husband Iqbal, and her inability to resolve her grief due to the death of her first husband Zawad. But it was the descriptive narrative and the culture that fascinated me the most. However, I did notice that a lot of the minor characters had the same first name, there were several Dauds and Anwar's for example, but this did not lead to confusion, and I had no trouble identifying each character as they appeared, the characterisation was so good.
This book was an excellent story and, although there is conflict within the pages and most of the men seemed to have Kalashnikovs, this not a war story. I would highly recommend it for your reading list.