Elegant, refined, delicate, somewhat exotic and full of suspense.
This is a difficult novel to review – compelling from the point of view of plot, accomplished from the point of view of style, controversial from the point of view of content.
As a Post-Colonial novel, this monologue of a “reluctant fundamentalist” talking to an American stranger is bound to give a subjective albeit refreshing point of view on complex political issues,reminding us that there are always two sides to every story. It may be disturbing or unsettling to a Western audience, but it is still food for thought.
A book that challenges our prejudices (starting from the title itself) and our beliefs through a metaphorical prose and an unresolved ending that leaves the reader craving for more, signalling that there is no definite answer or solution when different cultures confront each other. And clash....Continua
Il finale è talmente deludente che le stelline calano da 3 ad 1...
It happens sometimes, and probably more often than we can imagine, to become someone else’s janissary; a modern-day devoted janissary, a loyal and stern servant adopted by a foreign and powerful empire.