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سمرقند by Amin Maalouf
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Apr 17, 11

Read from November 23, 2010 to April 17, 2011

A classic, glad I got back to finishing it.

What makes Maalouf my favorite among Arab writers is how he's capable of writing in a stone cold analytical manner, never to be lost in the whirlpools of mainstream Arab emotion. He sticks his hand into the fray, points at one faulty pipe, and tells you "That there, that's your problem".

My God, even his love is analytical.
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Reading Progress

11/23/2010 page 28
7.47%
12/06/2010 page 110
29.33% "First part done. I love how the historical is mixed with the mundane" 2 comments
12/19/2010 page 200
53.33% "This book is the richest Arabic book I've ever read!"
01/01/2011 page 290
77.33% "Subtle wisdom contained in each passing page"

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Dareen I should be reading this :O
How is it?


Seleucid LOL <3. It's good, but still too early to tell.


Rania I loved the first part the most,Omar alkhayam and his poetry


Seleucid Nearly done with it. Second part is very beautiful too. It's striking how well he understands Eastern society.


Rania it's a beautiful book.
I enjoyed every page :)


Saleem Khashan but dont you agree that the first part reads like you are living in the middle of one great love story, despite the deaths and occasional brutality? I love this book that I never read a novel twice except this one three times and very few others, Salam


Seleucid If the part was love, then the second should be called revolution


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