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About the Author
- ASIN : B07BJMW976
- Publisher : Monteferro Press (March 27, 2018)
- Publication date : March 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2214 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 497 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,849 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am always concerned when I read historical fiction that I am getting a distorted view of history. When reading The Thread of Reason I had no such concern: the thoroughness of the research that must have gone into this book is truly striking. Ever since an assassin murdered the vizier of the Seljuk Empire in the eleventh century, scholars have argued about who put him up to it. In the Thread of Reason, Isenberg has proposed an answer to this while keeping within the bounds of what we know about the murder, the characters, and the era. One is left feeling that Isenberg must have spent countless hours walking around eleventh century Baghdad, entering the shops, inquiring as to which goods came from where, as well as traveling around the Persian countryside with some of the best-known figures of that time and place, getting to know them as people rather than names in a history book. For example, in a picturesque scene, Omar Khayyam, the book's central character, speculates on the source of the glyphs near Farhad's staircase as someone of his time would have, not knowing what we have since learned about them, while discussing with his companion how the Persians' perceptions of their Arab rulers had changed over time.
This is a well-told story, an enjoyable, page-turner. Of all the books I've read, I consider James Clavell's "Shogun" to be the most similar.
The murder took place near the start of a critical transition in Islamic history, from a relatively open and tolerant society that embraced science towards religious fundamentalism, and we can see the uneasy truce between those two world views beginning to fray in The Thread of Reason. When this book was launched, Isenberg stated that it was the first of several planned novels spread out over a century, that trace this transition. I look forward to the next book in the series.