“A beautiful story of a beautiful woman. I enjoyed her love of her religion and the fact that Islam had a gentle face.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Reading for my CBC books discussion group.”RB wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After reading this novel, I came to appreciate the culture of the characters of this novel a bit more. The real tone of this story is about love lost and patient hearts awaiting a rekindling after trauma and war in a far away place. It was an enjoyable journey, however I require more action in a drama such as this one...”ADELAIDE S wrote this review Friday, November 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I liked this book. I liked the characters as people, even with all their flaws - not to mention the cultural differences (some of which, esp. the FGM practices, are horrifying from the Western perspective) that are shown as part of every day life.
I enjoyed reading it, and and following Lilly through her adventures in Ethiopia as well as her life in England after the 'revolution'.
[spoiler] I have to admit in the later chapters there was one moment that was a bit of a blow to me - up until this point we're encouraged to grow attached to Aziz, especially with Lillys' adoration of him. Finding out about that he was involved with the communists was a blow, although one that I perhaps should have expected. I wiki'd Ethiopia and the 60s-80s period a few days ago trying to find some background information (I'd never heard about any of the history stuff in this book before) and it mentioned that the group who took over were largely the better-off Harari, and a doctor would presumably fit in that group.
But with so many mentions of his parents marriage, and the dissaproval about it, you don't really think of him as being upper class, and certainly not capable of committing the acts we're told about the revolutionaries doing. It's definitely a relief when you find out he wasn't part of that group.[/spoiler]
The only thing was, while I enjoyed reading it and I was certainly happy with the ending (somewhat sad, and things aren't settled by any means, but it looks hopeful, like things are going to end well), it wasn't a book that really drew me into the story. I actually was putting the book aside for days at a time - I don't know how long it could have taken me to finish if I didn't need to return the book to the library!
I'd definitely recommend it for people who like realistic/historical fiction, especially about a subject that isn't necessarily well-known. It's also nice that while it does mention the darker side of Islam, Islam as we're shown through Lillys' eyes is far more positive. ”
“A beautiful story of a beautiful woman. I enjoyed her love of her religion and the fact that Islam had a gentle face.”Barbara P wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“audio”Queentrump wrote this review Sunday, April 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Luminous.”Angela N wrote this review Monday, February 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this lovely story and learned a lot about the muslim religion. ”Anne Murphy wrote this review Saturday, November 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A unique insight into the Muslim faith. Well written story of a abandoned English girl that grows up in Ethiopia. She later finds herself in London in a Refugee settlement trying to come to terms with herself and the loss of the nation she loved. ”kbhaynes wrote this review Saturday, November 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No