REVIEW NO. – 11
NAME: THE ALMOND TREE
AUTHOR: MICHELLE COHEN CORASANTI
WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5
The war was on between Palestine and Israel. There was poverty, there was fear, there was anger to bounce back and reclaim the land which was once their very own, Palestinians had to do something. Their anger was about to burst. The war was the only option they were watching at.
In all these times there was a boy Ahmed Hamid who was gifted with great intelligence. He saw the option which everyone else ignored except his father and his teacher.
This tale is based on the struggles of the life of Ahmed Hamid and how he overcomes all the barriers of life and teaches everyone the way of peace and equality.
His journey from living in tents and working as labors to earn his bread to the MIT and then to the winning speech of Novel Prize for physics will leave you unmotioned and will teach you the value of the life we are living.
It would be harsh to call it just a novel, it’s far apart of that. It’s a ride of life you can’t afford to miss.
- The positive spirit with which it is written, You will feel the vibes around you.
- The magical experience which the writer creates using her words to describe the environment around the characters.
- The character of Ahmed’s father.
- The letters he received from his father throughout his journey whenever he stuck in taking the decisions of life.
- The writer was not only the science believer but also believed in beliefs normally known as superstitions. She never ignored the presence of almighty which is mightier than the science as it can’t be reasoned by laws of science.
- Each character was detailed and each situation appeared different from every characters perspective. She was absolutely clear with the character sketching.
- There were lots of characters but the writer managed them pretty nicely. There was no confusion with the characters.
- Loved the episodes of Ghana. The story will appear dead without this element.
- The speech after receiving the novel prize seemed less magical.
- Khaled seems to be an important character but his end was negative. For the first time I felt the negativity from the novel. But I believe that it was important though.
It was for me the first historical fiction and it helped to clear all the taboos I had in my mind related to historical fiction. Previously I thought that these kinds of fiction would be very negative and quite complicated but believe me THE ALMOND TREE is the one which is positive and simple as well. The author is extremely talented and an expert too to play with the words and this is her masterpiece.
My personal favorite from the novel is the character of Ahmed’s father. His letters were short of words but were clear with his thoughts. I loved the way he portrait himself while living in the hell of detention center in front of his son.
There are various places where the magic is poured by the writer and you will fell in love with the novel and would forget about everything around you.
It is a great novel and have the tendency to touch each and every soul alive on this earth.