Title: An Ishmael of Syria
Author: Asaad Almohammad
Genre: Historical literature and fiction
Rating: 2 out of 5 fairies
Where to buy: Amazon
Synopsis: Adam is a tortured soul. Exiled from his homeland, forced to watch the horrors unfold from afar. His family, still living – or surviving – in war-torn Syria struggle daily to feed, clothe, and educate their children.
Adam tries to be a ‘global citizen’ and become a part of his new community in Malaysia, but is constantly faced with intolerance, bigotry, and plain old racism. Opportunities are few and Adam finds himself working long hours for poor pay so that he can help his family.
The increasingly distressing news bulletins, along with Adam’s haunting childhood memories, compel him to examine his own beliefs; in God, in humanity, in himself and his integrity as a reluctant bystander in the worst human catastrophe of the twenty-first century.
About the Author: Born in the 80s, Asaad Almohammad was raised in Ar-Raqqa, Syria. A member of the International Society of Political Psychology and a research fellow, he has spent years coordinating and working on research projects across the Middle East and North Africa. To date he has addressed a number of psychological aspects of civil unrest, post-conflict reconciliation, and deradicalisation. In his spare time Asaad closely follows political affairs, especially humanitarian crises and electoral campaigns. He is especially interested in immigration issues. An Ishmael of Syria is his first novel.
Review: I was intrigued by the synopsis for this book, but the dialogue is stiff, and unbelievable. The book itself felt like picking up and reading the diary of someone I know nothing about. It felt disjointed and confused. Very disappointed. Cannot recommend this book at all. It kills me that a book that seemed so promising bombed so hard.
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