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Mortimer of the Maghreb: Stories

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In this psychologically complex and darkly humorous debut collection, awardwinning writer Henry Shukman introduces an unforgettable cast of characters, travelers whose certain paths around the world lead invariably back to the uncertain self.

In “The Garden of God” an aging, ailing war reporter reflects on his adventures covering a little-known conflict in the Sahara and t
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Vintage (first published 2006)
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May 30, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
Wonderful stories. Described a life and landscape very different from mine. Very thought provoking.
Jan 08, 2009 Tarynroch rated it liked it
This is sort of your typical story of a war reporter, traveling off to far lands and making somewhat narrow conclusions about the people he is studying. This is normal for most foreigners in lands where it is difficult to truly immerse in or understand new, so different cultures, and in this way, Shukman's writing is true to life. He's a decent story teller. The first half the book takes place in North Africa, and despite the somewhat silly existence of a love story thread, it's generally well-d ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the whole book painfully boring, but especially the first story. Mortimer actually says “war is boring”. I'll have to take his word for it, but I’d rather not read a boring novel. The shifting back and forth between past, present, and middle didn't flow well at all. I enjoyed some of the beautiful descriptions of the desert, a climate I have never admired or identified with, so there was that. Old Providence didn't really stand out to me, and Darien Dogs came across as totally ridiculous ...more
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