Read from July 26 to August 14, 2016
The book told the story of a young Woman’s life in Egypt between 1984 and 2014. Including the revolutions that occurred during this period.
I found the first 1/4 of Part 1: Summer 1984, Cairo of this book a bit slow going but I would say that this was because this is where most of the basis of the books story is developed. With this being the case the way that it was written as continuous pros meant that it was very dense so could only read small chunks (a few pages) at a time. After I got past this position in the book I flew through it reading the remainder of the book over the course a couple of days.
The writing was easy to follow and very descriptive which meant that it drew you in, but there were times that the nature of the cotinuous prose style of the writing, not been broken on to chapters within the sections, meant that it was quite heavy going at times.
I found the book really interesting because I had never read a book about Egypt especially based on the political situation in the country in a given period (1984-2014).
The characters in the book were really well developed and multi faceted so were easy to connect with. I especially liked the main character and her relationships with the other characters were great, and it was interesting seeing how she dealt with all the relationships she had with each of the other characters.
The descriptions that the author gave of certain things in the book really made me feel like I was experiencing the things that she was describing. The plot development and world building in the book also supported this as well because they supported the descriptions that were given.
I only gave this book a 4 star rating because although I would both recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for anyone who I know who I think will enjoy it, I would warn them that they may find it a little slow going for the first 1/4 of part 1 of the book.
Disclaimer: I received this book through a book review site called Bloggingforbooks in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.