The Weight of A Mustard Seed

The Weight of A Mustard Seed

The Intimate Life of An Iraqi Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny

Book - 2009
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Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2009
Edition: 1st Canadian ed., 1st HarperCollins Publishers Ltd hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781554683758
1554683750
Branch Call Number: 956.7044092 Janab -S
Characteristics: 288 p. : map

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tauseef365
Dec 17, 2012

I completely agree with rocket88. i struggled to get through this book and to keep the characters straight, and I'm not unfamiliar with Arabic names. Muddled, and layered in a way that diminishes rather than enhances the story. It is said that a good writer disappears from the work. If you're reading a story and you're thinking about the writer, the writer is doing a poor job. Part of the problem is that it's the story of the writer's journey to get the story mixed up with the general's life story. It's a shame, because it is an important book, and it is worth a read.

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rocket88
Jan 27, 2010

An interesting read overall but not really a well written or engaging book. The subject matter interested me but I was disappointed in the lack of depth and many of the characters aren't fleshed out. And yet they should be since the author concentrates on one family for the most part!

There are many fine books about Iraq but few had the opportunity to tell the story from the point of view of a major military hero who was one of Saddam's favourites. I felt that the writing didn't serve the story well. It could have been a great book and it's merely "OK"

A definitive account "from the inside" has yet to be written on the subject of Saddam's Iraq or at least one relatively free of cant and/or propagandized accounts of Hussein's evil..which often snip out the massive Western involvement in his brutal rule.

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