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Crossbones Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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"Politically courageous and often gripping... Crossbones provides a sophisticated introduction to present-day Somalia, and to the circle of poverty and violence that continues to blight the country." –The New York Times Book Review
"Mesmerizing... A searing look at individuals caught in the chaos of anarchy." –The Daily Beast (Hot Reads)
"Harrowing without resorting to sensationalism, this highly topical final volume in Farahs's Past Imperfect trilogy should burnish his well-deserved reputation. It is dense, complex stuff, but his brave and imperfect characters are a pleasure to follow. [A] gripping but utterly humane thriller set in one of the least understood regions on earth." –Kirkus Reviews
"Farah writes enthrallingly about his native Somalia... Expect sharp insight into both human nature and secretarian strife, told in illuminating language free of cant." –Library Journal
"[Farah] writes beautifully and prolifically about his native Somalia." –TheMillions.com
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Farah also sets the pressing issue of Somalian sea piracy in context, arguing its root cause in the global exploitation of Somalia's fish stock, and claiming that the beneficiaries are not the pirates themselves, but financiers in the developed world.
For the ordinary person negotiating such social disruption, compromise is often unavoidable and outcomes terrible. But the human spirit, however thwarted, however distorted, dimmed and weakened, prevails. People can still care, can remain committed to each other, can show hospitality and generosity. Humanity can and does transcend its own social artefact.
Geoff Crocker Editor Atheist Spirituality web site
We were unaware of the true plight of the Somalian people and this book is well researched and based on numerous articles as are listed in the appendix. We met the author who is a thoughtful and humorous speaker.
Somalia is in deep trouble and educating ourselves is a good start of how to help.
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This book was required reading for my college writing class. I did the assign reading from this book, and treated as an assignment.Published 13 months ago by Jose Romo
Interesting history/ info about Somalia. But writing was a bit corny and storyline/ plot was a little odd and didn't have a clear endingPublished 17 months ago by Meghan H.