Once again, I’m probably the last person who has read this book. But I’ll sum it up anyway, since it was really popular a couple of years ago. The story is a simple fable about a Shepherd who has a dream of treasure, and sets off on a quest to obtain it.
There was something lovely about the sheer simplicity of this book. Like reading a fairy tale.
However, I just cannot understand how this became a national phenomenon. I mean, sure it was nice and all, but the writing wasn’t worth writing home about (admittedly, this could be a translation issue.) The plot and most of the characters were not complex. The moral or message of the book is nice, if a little naive.
from the Brooklyn Museum, Egypt 1900.
That being said, I have discovered the best to utilize this book. This novel would ideal to read aloud to your 9 or 10-year-old child. The message and the characters would be great for them. I say, read to your child, not have them read it because this is one of those books that is almost better to talk about than to actually read.
Recommendation: Listen to the audio version read by Jeremy Irons. He was an excellent narrator. I just loved listening to his voice!
Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre and Israel’s Deadly Response
by Aaron J. Klein; page count 288
If you didn’t get it from the title, this is a non-fiction book about the 1972 terrorist attack in Munich and a country’s reaction.
Honestly, I don’t want to go into detail about the attack, or Israel (very understandable) retaliation to it. Because this isn’t really the place for that kind of politicized talk. If anyone is really interested in my opinion on that, we can comment about it if you really want to.
It seemed very well written to me. Klein created a sketch of events and emotions of people involved without making it too dramatized. even knowing the outcome of events, I wanted to hear what happened next. What I believe encompassed the last couple of chapters (it was the last CD in any case) dragged a bit, but then that could have been me projecting my long road trip onto the book. So don’t take my word for that.
Audiobook specifics: Generally, the story was well-read. However, I would have preferred slightly heavier accents for some of the characters. Just to get me more in the mindset, really.