10 months ago
“..But safety is not about never having bad things happen to you. Its about knowing that the bad things can’t separate us from each other”
This book is my first indulgence into written account of the plight of refugees from Middle East countries. I am lucky to call “indulgence”, what these people call “life”. Needless to point out it reduced me to tears. The only other book to have done that is The Kite Runner.
The writing style is one of its kind. The author has a condition called synaesthesia, wherein letters, numbers, smell and voices evoke a sensation of colour. She speaks through the voice of a little girl, Nour, who also associates colours with her everyday experience. Born and brought up in Manhattan, as opposed to her two elder sisters-warm Huda, and distant Zahra-up until her Baba is no more, forcing the family to move back to their land: Syria, Nour’s character is a convincing voice of a person who’s life is changed rather abruptly.
We have read much about the refugee crisis, but when narrated in the voice and innocent understanding of a young girl, it hits all the tender chords in one’s heart. Running parallel is the story of the legendary map maker Al-Idrisi and his apprentice Rawiya, who explore the world to unravel its secret and face humongous challenges in the process.
The plot moves at a comfortable pace, through Syria, followed by Egypt, then Libya, Algeria, Morrocco, and finally Ceuta in that order. What accompanies is the real life hardship of people displaced from their land, and the endless grit to survive, even when death seems an easier alternative. “..People always think dying is going to hurt. But it does not. It’s living that hurts us”
If you were forced to leave your land now, this moment, what would you take along? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 .
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