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The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare
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Despite the middling review, I do think this was a book worth reading.

It is a novel of great ambiguity, which is central to Kadaré's themes. The boundaries between fascism and authoritarian communism are often crossed and at points meld into one. The characters do the same, presented as good, bad or both. Kadaré does some great work of weaving Albanian history and folklore into what is essentially a politcal (or social) critique while also throwing in historical facts as background and a thriller-style plot point. Really the author does particularly well to condense all of this into one novel.

The reason I mark it down is because I feel there could have been a little more in the way of character development to really complement the plot and at times I found myself struggling, having to re-read sections as they were entirely confusing and I still didn't get the point. Perhaps it was just me being dense...

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Reading Progress

June 20, 2017 – Started Reading
June 20, 2017 – Shelved
June 20, 2017 –
page 63
June 21, 2017 – Finished Reading

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