The Book of Gaza – A City in Short Fiction (Edited by Atef Abu Saif)

I was sent this book as part of a subscription with NinjaBookBox and I am so glad that I was. The writing in it was beautiful and even though on times you could tell that it had been translated, it didn’t spoil the powerful message and impact that these short stories put across. Of course, with this being an anthology, there are always some that are better than others and some that just stick with you.

This book was short in itself and to think that it then contain 10 short stories, you would think that they wouldn’t be that well put together. That the stories would feel short and rushed, but this book didn’t feel like that at all! This surprised me because that’s usually my problem with short stories. In fact, one of my favourite stories in the book, Red Lights, was literally only 3 pages long.

Each of these writers, authors, have done amazingly so, as each of these stories have power or beauty. Each are moving, passionate and they are all gripping.

It was missing that something, some of the stories that weren’t as good, that just stopped it from being faultless read, which I wish it could’ve been, as I don’t want to say anything negative about this book. There are more books in the series, which I cant wait to read; Book of Tokyo, Book of Rio, Book of Istanbul and so on.

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Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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