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Extremely well written,
This review is from: Lyrics Alley (Paperback)
This was a move away from my usual literary diet and I was greatly taken by the Author's writing and subject matter.
This was a fascinating part of the social and cultural history between Sudan and Egypt and the Author handles this with subtelty and intelligence.
The characters are a rich mix of different styles and Leila Aboulela creates an extra frisson between the between the young cousins Nur and Mahmoud Abuzeid's first wife Waheeba and second wife Nabilah.
The story centres on Nur (one of Mahmoud Abuzeid's sons) who is a bright and engaging individual who has the World at his feet until tradegy besets him (as this is on the sleeve notes I'm giving nothing away!).
There is alot to this book but the one downside was that I thought that the story would kick-on but alas, and IMO, it didn't.
However I can see why it has been critically acclaimed and will consider some of her earlier works.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2014 10:25:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2014 10:28:57 GMT
Yes, I enjoyed this novel but felt (like you?) that none of the themes, introduced into the story, were fully developed. Perhaps that was the author's intention. Leaving readers to make up their own minds.
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