An enthralling view into a world of politics, religion, persecution, corruption, love, loyalty, and extremism. A story of violence and tenderness, love and fear, hope and despair, in a nation wracked by political and religious inconsistencies.
There are times throughout my reading year when I need to sit down with a “page-turner”, a book impossible to put down. A book I can finish in a couple of sittings.
This book is not one of those – it can’t be rushed. It needs to be savoured, not only to enjoy the richness of the writing, but to absorb the realities it explores. It takes us into a world contrasting significantly from the familiar western reality most of us take for granted, a place where political and religious allegiances, no matter loosely held, can make daily life precarious depending upon the opportunistic agendas of others .