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The Man On The Rails: An absorbing and contemplative tale about the ravages of war and the need for love by [Rovshan Abdullaoglu]

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Editorial Reviews


"Azerbaijani writer Abdullaoglu explicitly confronts some ofthe worst moments of the Balkan war and does a commendable job of portrayingthe complexities and nuances of that fraught place at its darkest hour. Thestorytelling is convincing, and its philosophical aspect has a timely and vitalmessage. A lot happens in this novel, and though the incidents all come fullcircle, the narrative is weighted much more heavily to Farouk's story. Somescenes are a bit preachy, but the theme of love overpowering adversity remainsauthentic. An absorbingand contemplative tale about the ravages of war and the need for love."
 Kirkus Reviews         
   "Bringing together history, theology,philosophy, and psychology, Abdullaoglu contemplates the stories of two menattempting suicide on the same train track.Scenes showing the men's individuallives and the lives of their families do more to humanize them, and theirgenuine emotions help to make clichés (the dead mother and the wickedstepmother, the character in a novel who is himself a writer) feel plausiblyreal. The exploration of family dynamics is filled with sincere emotion,specifically during and after the war in Bosnia, from which Farouk's parents,Serbian journalist Adriana and Bosnian tour guide Amin, flee to Canada. Thestory of Adriana and her family is truly heartbreaking. Abdullaoglu finds clever andsatisfying ways to tie the beginning and the ending together."
BookLife Reviews                                                                   
  "Author Rovshan Abdullaoglu has crafted a wide perspective onhumanity which homes in at the perfect moment to bring us detail and emotionalimpact as the story progresses. I knew very little about the Bosnian war andthe conflicts of the different parties involved, so the novel delivered a lotof historical, cultural, and social perspectives from that time which allreaders can benefit from understanding. I was most impressed by the character development,which creates the strong protagonists who underpin every action of the novel,and of course, Adriana stands out as a proud figure who undergoes quite thelearning experience. The dialogue was a strong point too, driving importantphilosophical questions and digging deep into the emotive content of the tale,but remaining realistic and not clichéd. Overall, I would highly recommend TheMan on the Rails to readers who appreciate thoughtful literaryfiction with a wide-ranging perspective."  
K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite ★★★★★       

  "A cross-generational tale ofsuffering and perseverance, The Man on the Rails is an unforgettable musing on the value of life and theprices we must often pay to survive. In a narrative exploration of culturalbiases and belief structures, as well as the complex confusion of romance intimes of tragedy, this story is anything but a straight line or an easy escape. As is found in Abdullaoglu'sother work, there is an engaging juxtaposition of modern knowledge, ancientcultural traditions, and intense philosophical effort. While this cerebralundercurrent can occasionally make the story feel cold - a vehicle for largerideas - the unique characters and unusual plot turns are effective catalystsfor self-reflection and reassessment of all we think we know."
Self-Publishing Review           

  "The author Rovshan Abdullaoglu success fully brings togetherboth psychological and historical approach to writing thus creatingmulti-dimensional characters that are full of life and complete. It is a longbook but don't be put off by its length. It is indeed worth the effort to readit and get engrossed in the intricate storyline that has everything to keep thereader hooked: fascinating historical background, passionate, courageprotagonists and above all, hope. This book is a tribute to hope: no matter how hopeless things may seem,there is always hope and it is worth living for."
Nara Hodge, author, member of theBritish Poetry Society

From the Author

This book was written for everyone who believes in the victory of our higher emotions, such as kindness and love, over war, and life's hardships. It is dedicated to all people in all parts of the world who must endure the suffering caused by war.

Product details

  • File Size : 2145 KB
  • Print Length : 306 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07JGP88WJ
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : October 16, 2018
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 5 ratings