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Links by Nuruddin Farah
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Jan 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, contemporary
Read in January, 2012

This book was not at all what I was expecting - in a good way. I was nervous about reading it because I thought it would be contain a good bit of painful, graphic devastation and violence. It is, after all, set in Somalia, torn by civil war. However, it turned out to be very much about the psychology of the characters. Certainly there was some violence and devastation described, but not as much as I was anticipating. The writing was almost dreamy at times. I was captivated by the story, which includes a bit of mystery of sorts, but in the end I'm not sure if I got out of it what I was supposed to. I think Farah captured well the confusion of returning to your war-torn homeland for the first time in 20 years, but at times the main character bothered me because it seemed like more often things happened to him instead of him taking decisive action - but perhaps this was intentional to convey the sense of place. In any case, it was an interesting book and I learned a lot about Somalia.
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