Monday, 25 January 2010

Reviews of The Dark Side of Love

Having just been selected for the next cycle of Exclusively Independent, detailed below are some fantastic reviews...

The international best seller from Arabia Books, The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami, continues to experience ongoing success.
Here are just some of the great reviews:

'A masterpiece! A marvel of prose that mixes myths, stories, tales, legends, and a wonderful love story... You will experience a Scheherazade in sparkling colours - a big love story, which does not spare us the sharp knives of grief.' - Die Zeit

'At last, the Great Arab Novel - appearing without ifs, buts,equivocations, metaphorical camouflage or hidden meanings..... Despite its length, the book is a compulsive read. We experience a long-awaited revelation of a society too long presented as a set of gruelling orexotic stereotypes. And the mythic elements endure, in the grist of many twisting tales. The continuing roll-call of revenge for old slights is exemplified by a piece of dialogue in which two brothers toast their success in avenging their father's death after 15 years,and one notes: 'A Bedouin would say: well done, lads, but why in such a hurry?' - Simon Louvish, The Independent, 31 July 2009.

'There are no faux-magical pyrotechnics in the telling, but richly detailed characters working through real situations, characters whose inherited wounds the reader comes to care deeply about. Each is vividly drawn,with quiet and acute intelligence.' - Robin Yassin-Kassab, The Guardian, 16 May 2009.'With its feuds, lovers, murders, villains and assorted heroes and heroines, this is a novel to enjoy and to ponder.' - Claire Hopley, The Washington Times, 11 May 2009.

'With its feuds, lovers, murders, villains and assorted heroes and heroines, this is a novel to enjoy and to ponder.' - Claire Hopley, The Washington Times, 11 May 2009.

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