The book is weird, no doubt about it. It took a while for me to adjust to the writing style and see it as more than just an author showing off her skill with words. The writing is both solid and liquid, firmly rooting you to the setting but making the characters wet and slippery. It’s inventive and frustrating.
A thorough laugh-riot with a supremely satisfying ending. The Martian must be my first 5-star book that hasn’t left me sad and confused.
This is a simple story filled with simple characters told in simple language. Apart from a few incidents here and there, this could be a Nancy Drew-ish children’s book.
The Automobile Club of Egypt has lots of drama, a fast-paced storyline and well thought-out characters. Alaa Al Aswany knows how to keep the readers hooked and he is an excellent observer of human nature.
Word by Word was such an absorbing, fun, and educating read. Even the footnotes were so interesting that I read every single one of them. I’d recommend it to anyone with a mild interest in languages.
With both parts, I came out with mixed feelings. I sorted them by devouring reviews (the long eloquent kind and the Twitter kind), watching decoding videos, reading parts of the books, and talking to my friends. Then, I watched the movies again, only to like every bit of it.
While the Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is a near perfect adaptation, there are some significant deviations from the books.