Thursday, October 05, 2017

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Book of the Day: The King By Kader Abdolah


Quote of the day: 


You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise. -Maya Angelou







There is something to be said about a book that touches on history. After all what is history if not the study of the past. Here we see a Persian story encompassing its past, its people and culture all weaved into a wonderful tale as seen with this book by Persian-Dutch writer Kader Abdolah. 'The King' is a tale chronicling the life of Naser, a young Persian Prince who inherits the throne following the death of his father, the Shah. With his new status comes a lot more responsibility than the new Shah could ever imagine. He has to deal with his mother, Mahdolia, his grand vizier, Mizra Kabir, who is a special adviser, and external forces from several countries including Britain, Russian and France, each scrambling for the inexperienced king's attention, as well as the country's potential resources on their march to modernization.

He has to deal with several forces within his own kingdom all competing for power, including his own mother whose view on the affairs of Persia differ greatly with that of the progressive vizier -whose dream it is to build roads, create employment by building factories, and modernizing the army. Caught between the counsel of his mother and that of the vizier whom everyone around him despises -but not the common people on the streets, the king of Persia must decide which path to follow for the advancement of the country and people.

The narration flows effortlessly and each chapter is as exciting as the last. The characters are memorable and Kader has managed to write the book in a simple manner. If you are seeking an alternate reading material away from your usual, it definitely is one to add to your reading list.




Peace. Love. Light* 


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28 comments:

  1. I admire people whose brains take them into historical artworks like this.

    I also love that Angelou quote. It goes straight to the heart.

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  2. Great when each chapter keeps you wanting more indeed.

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  3. Oh, this sounds like a good one. I've been wanting to sit down and read a good book. You're right, there's just something about a book that focuses on the history. The Maya Angelou quote is simply wonderful. Do you know she's my favorite, love her!

    ~Sheri

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  4. I'm a fan of books with historical elements. I've not read this but it sounds really intersting one to put on my list. Thanks for sharing. /Madison
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  5. Fab review! Love the quote too!

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  6. This book sounds fascinating. I have enjoyed (and sometimes been disturbed by!) many books set in the Middle East. The quote you shared really resonates with me. Just love that.

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  7. Thanks so much for the recommendation! :)

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  8. Looks really interesting! Have a nice day)

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  9. dogeared pages almost guarantees it's a good book.

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  10. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this sounds like it would be an interesting change from the types I usually read.

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  11. Sounds interesting, thanks for your review.

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  12. It seems interesting, Blogoratti. Thank you very much for the information you shared with all of us. Kisses, my friend.

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  13. Sounds like a good read. I am always up to find new books to read.

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  14. Sounds like a definite good read.

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  15. It seems like this would be a difficult book to put down.

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  16. That looks like an interesting read!

    peace, light and love!

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  17. It's nice to get back in reading and exploring our history. This is a great book I think and lovely review dear.

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  18. Hi Blogoratti - thanks for bringing this book to our attention ... I've noted it and hopefully will be able to read some more in the coming months - brilliant, you always offer us really interesting reads - cheers Hilary

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  19. Interesting book:) As always great quote:)

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  20. Seems like an intersting book... Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Looks like an interesting read. Good review.

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  22. I've heard good things of this one. Will have to pick it up

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