Monday, February 21, 2011

Book 3 - A Country Called Amreeka

This was a book club book - I wasn't at the meeting where we selected it, so I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it.

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I felt pretty embarrassed as I read this book that I no real working knowledge of the modern day Middle East conflict.  But now I feel incredibly educated and with that education comes sadness at the overwhelming nature of it all.  But the book was an interesting read - if not necessarily written in a style that I liked. The author would build up each short story to a important historical climax and then stop.  While I understand the method - I feel like for a non-fiction book that is trying to share information, there should have been more about what happened to these characters after these big, life changing events.

Also the stories had a lot of exposition at the beginning which makes sense, as she's writing for an audience that is unfamiliar with the subject, but it made it super hard to slug through the first three pages of each story.

I recommend this solely on the fact that this is an important subject matter, and I feel that if you live in America and are not searching out to discover both sides of the story then you really have no idea what is going on. 

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