Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: Alif the Unseen

Alif the UnseenAlif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the many surprises this novel offered me: an Arab-Indian hacktivist as the main character; the simmering romance between Dina and Alif; the book lore combined with the modern trappings of technology; and the layered presentation of myth and philosophy, religion and fantasy interwoven with much care and craftsmanship. How can such contradictions exist in one novel and yet stitched so tightly into a beautiful tapestry like an embroidered story cloth of the ancient times.

I finished the novel with a thought that the fundamental beliefs we hold as truths will never change in the face of modernization or progress. Good books and well written novels illuminate and present such insights. This novel did just that to me.

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