Listen because unless you grew up with influences from the Middle East, you will likely miss too much by simply reading. Hearing the author's pronunciation and voice inflection transported me to the dessert region when my West Virginia education would have failed to let me follow. Understand why he so loves this hard place. This book teaches empathy and that's a quality we all need.
Not a book for a single sitting, take the 12 chapters in a dozen visits with a brilliant mind.
Like most people, I fear memory loss and it is good to be reminded that it can also be a blessing.
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