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The Libyan Paperback – September 9, 2013
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About the Author
Esther Kofod was born in Singapore, and schooled in Switzerland and the United States. She was a copy writer and creative director for an international advertising company in Singapore. She has travelled extensively throughout the world, and lived in Libya for several years during Gaddafi's reign of terror. THE LIBYAN is her debut novel.
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It's been a while since a book was able to force me to keep reading non-stop. This one did, from the very first chapter I couldn't wait to know what's next, that I finished it in 3 days.
It is a romance novel written with a great amount of details and emotions, that makes you live in the story, see the people and places, hear the sounds, and feel the heat. It highlighted so much of the Libyan qualities, beautiful traditions, and good deeds; however, also shed a strong light on some of the dark parts of the Libyan culture, especially back in the seventies, during which most of the story events toke place.
As much as I've heard about the horror Libyans have encountered because of Gaddafi in the late seventies and eighties, and even though things did not get much better after that when I became old enough to understand what was going on, but this is one of the few times where I actually felt it so strong, the effect of his evil on people's lives and minds, the power he had not only to kill, but to destroy families and poison people of principles and ethics.
This is the kind of stories that stays with you even after you finish reading. You know that it is not just a fiction, but actual facts and events that happened to real people.
After I finished, I couldn't stop the questions circling in my mind, how? why? what? and, ... until when?
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