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A surprise - simple and beautiful,
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This review is from: The Book of Saladin: A Novel (Islam Quintet 2) (Paperback)
I'd heard of Tariq Ali as a political animal and didnt know what to expect. I was surprised. This book is written in style, almost like a story your mother might have told you when putting you to pbed, except of course no mother would read a child this particular story so full of life, sex and death.
The story of how a man through sheer force of will united the squabbling emirs to re-take Jerusalem (Al-Kuds) is breath-taking. I kept on putting off my job, my family until I could finish this book.
It is not a history book. It is a heroic tale - one which deserves to be told over and over again. Highly recommended.