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This brutal depiction of a Syrian no man's land that was once Aleppo, caught between Rebels and Assad, had me on the edge of my seat. Borri was embedded there for two years and it's non-stop. Both the rebels and Assad are taken to task for their lost humanity. She displays the lost sense of morale (and morality) when war drags on and on. You get the sense that they no longer know what they're fighting for.
Syria and the refugee crisis is in the news right now, and this writing gives a vivid picture why it's unlivable. Even if it wasn't so topical, this is worth reading. Borri is an excellent writer. Lean evocative sentences get straight to the point.
Narrator, Ruth Urquhart brings you right into it, like a breathless reporter witnessing events in real time.
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Terrible. I took a chance despite the bad reviews because I was very interested in the subject. Unfortunately, the book is uninformative and just plain boring. The narrator is monotone and her accent makes her very difficult to understand. I would give it zero stars if I could.
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