This book takes place in England and Iran--the latter of which was totally foreign to me. I appreciated the separate reading voices--both the young British daughter and the heavy accent of her Iranian-born mother. The touch of brief interludes of appropriate music helped to transition the reader from one country and person to the other. I loved getting acquainted with the various customs and people in a land so far away.
I love to learn about different cultures and this book certainly opened my eyes to the way of life in Saudi Arabia. The narrator's accent certainly made the story sound like it might have come from Carmen's lips. A fascinating read!
The story sounded interesting but I was disappointed by the coarse language and sexual exploits of the characters. It is bad enough to hear "f***" and "s***" on the streets but to have someone yelling it in my ears made me wish I hadn't spent my money on this book. I never finished the book and chalked it up to money badly spent.
I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.
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