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Brief review – Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali

October 6, 2015

Just now finished reading it.

Good to get an idea about the times in receding Muslim powers, at the end of the 15th Century, in Spain. As the author is historian, we are assured that the fictional story is well rooted in history. My personal gain is getting to know a bit of history, I am interested in, geography and time wise, without heaving to read a heavy-dry history book. So in that respect I liked the book.

But my problem is with the last 15%, the war/fight is described in a very limp way, without any intensity. So one does not get a buy in to the events happening (which should have been catastrophic) around us. Countless other pure fiction writers would have done a much better job, in the last 10-15%.

I read it on my Kindle. Overall a good read, if you are interested in the topic – Islamic medieval history, and through the convenience of a fiction.

Overall rating: 3/5

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