The Dark Side of Love

The Dark Side of Love

Book - 2009
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A dead man hangs from the portal of St. Paul's Chapel in Damascus. He was a Muslim officer-and he was murdered. But when Detective Barudi sets out to interrogate the man's mysterious widow, the Secret Service takes the case away from him. Barudi continues to investigate clandestinely and discovers the murderer's motive: it is a blood feud between Mushtak and Shahin clans, reaching back to the beginnings of the 20th century. And, linked to it, a love story that can have no happy ending, for reconciliation has no place within old tribal structures. Rafik Schami's dazzling novel spans a century of Syrian history in which politics and religions continue to torment an entire people. Simultaneously, his poetic stories from three generations tell of the courage of lovers who risk death sooner than deny their passions. He has also written a heartfelt tribute to his hometown Damascus and a great and moving hymn to the power of love.
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Interlink Books, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781566567800
Branch Call Number: FIC Scha
Characteristics: 853 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea - Translator


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May 12, 2011

This would be a far more impressive work if the author had more than an beginner's skill in telling a story: he clogs the flow of the narrative with a jumble of information, presented in a haphazard fashion. The characters are cardboard. All the sensual details that bring a tale to life are absent: It's like looking through a telescope at a TV a mile away with the sound off.
Of interest solely for a sociological perspective on Syrian society.

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