This is a great story even though it's not told perfectly. English is not the first language of the author, and sometimes the story falters when he tries to be literary rather than just telling the story. But the story itself is so interesting and informative that I highly recommend it. The Sudan story is the may turn out to be the world story in a microcosm.
Isaac Babel is one of my favorite authors, and I'm very familiar with the historical time and place in this book. I was looking forward to the story, but unfortunately there wasn't much story to tell, although the narrator tried to make one by reading very, very slowly with dramatic pauses unjustified by the text. It takes more than a series of barely related incidents, no matter how historically accurate, to make a novel.
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