Currently reading

Eleven
Paul Hanley
A Month in the Country
Michael Holroyd, J.L. Carr
A Tale of the Dispossessed: A Novel
Laura Restrepo, Dolores M. Koch
Mesabi Pioneers
Jeffrey Smith, Russell Hill
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
Jon Rothschild, Amin Maalouf
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Nayomi Munaweera

All Our Names

All Our Names - Dinaw Mengestu I needed a little bit to digest this book, and it's probably closer to a 3.5 star for me. It's well written and I enjoyed reading it. It conveys the horror of war/revolution. It touches on race relations in the 1960s. It's well-constructed.

But the book is really about someone who is not either one of the narrators. It's really about the absent Isaac, revolutionary of a different stripe. Because of this, the actual main character and narrator, whose true name we never learn, is incredibly passive. He's telling a story that's really about someone else, true. But it seems like everything just sort of happens to him. Maybe that powerlessness is part of what the author is trying to convey. But it's more than a little strange.

In the end, I can't really even decide how much I like this book. But again, I'm glad I read it. And it was well done.

I won this book from FirstReads.