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An intelligent and gripping read,
This review is from: The Submission (Paperback)
The brilliance of Waldeman's novel comes from her understanding that no character portrayed is good or bad, instead she presents a cast of complex, vulnerable people who make mistakes, bad decisions and errors of judgment but even those characters who could be regarded as the antagonists aren't entirely unsympathetic. Ironically given Waldeman's previous career as a journalist for the New York Times the least likeable character is the tabloid reporter who breaks the story that a Muslim has won the competition.
This is a novel with an ambitious scope and a bravely honest exploration of a nation's response to tragedy - both the good and bad responses. Waldeman has held a mirror up to her country and isn't afraid to report back what she sees. This is an absorbing read which completely held my attention from beginning to end and offers genuine drama and an unexpected ending.
The Submission has jumped straight to the top of my list of favourite books of the year and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for an intelligent and gripping read.