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An interesting account of an unusual life
on 28 May 2009
I should probably start by saying that this is not usually the genre of book I go for. It was recommended to me by a friend who described the subject matter. As it sounded intriguing I thought I would give it a try and was glad that I did.
It is not the most enthralling book I have read (I didn't sit and read it in one sitting as I have with other tomes) but it was entertaining enough. What I enjoyed was the mixture of Emma's life history and that of the region, including its political and military groups.
I felt at times that there was a speculative element about Emma's motivations which was probably unavoidable. It is a pity that there were some gaps in her story about which her own experiences will forever remain unknown. I am thinking in particular about her marriage to the Sudanese warlord.
A strength of the writing was that I was able to gain a vivid picture of the region, helped greatly by the fact that the author had been there herself. In addition, the author had mixed in some of the same social circles as Emma; I felt this added legitimacy to her writing.
I would recommend this to a friend if they were someone with an interest in history, biographies or unusual life-stories.