” … writing could be dangerous.”
What is most intriguing and new (sort of) about this book is that it is set in the Middle East, specifically Syria; all books seem to be set in Europe, America, or sometimes Asia, but there are so many other places that you could have a story take place in, and it was wonderful to see this new story take place in this other culture.
The story follows Bea, an American exchange student in Syria looking to study this ancient manuscript, “The Astonishing Text,” which is a sort of Rome0-Juliet love story set in the Middle East, and it is said to move a reader to tears. I found this book to be an interesting look into another culture—its’ language, its’ family, its’ religion, etc.—but what I found lacking was an overall flow to the story. It would cut off at parts where I felt it could have been elaborated on. This book is filled with beautiful quotes, but a disjointed story. I just wist that it had flowed better. Also, I had a problem with the love story. Call me old fashioned, but I just couldn’t champion a love story that was between a married woman and a man not her husband. There’s many more aspects to this love story, of course, but essentially that is what it is about.