I tried really hard to like this book, but the bad
translation stymied me. I made it through 75 pages before giving up. It badly
needs some explanation of the many Islamic/Turkish/Arabic words and phrases
This interesting and informative book detailing the life of
a Jewish woman born and raised in Tunisia and finally living in America is
written in a series of vignettes.The
order of the vignettes wanders from Tunisia to France to Canada to Israel and
America and back again.The reader often
wishes the order were more chronological, but the tales are interesting and
follow a thematic message.
The structured life of a very sheltered and privileged
family is detailed although the effect of WWII is glossed over initially. When the
author moves to France for university we learn more of her life and the life of
her future husband as the Shoah (Holocaust) shatters Jewish life in Europe and
North Africa. The structured life of observant Jews is detailed and made
interesting for the general reader.
Finally the author lives out the advice of her first “real”
teacher – If you want to succeed, you can – and finds a fulfilling and very successful
life in America, the land of the bagel.
A great thriller with good characterization and tight
plotting.The characters are
"real" with back stories that support their actions.The plot is believable and moves along
quickly without feeling rushed. The final twist is realistic and right for the