Imtiaz Raina, born in Sheffield, young father, young husband, son of loving parents, has decided to die. He has convinced himself that he believes in his cause. And before he leaves home for a final time, he wants to be sure his family understand why. So he decides to write for them, to leave his journey behind. Raw, funny, tender, furious, vulnerable, selfish, desperate, and proud: this is his story.
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Well written, interesting, but inadequate.
Although the writing was very good and fairly compelling. The focus remained on the superficial elements of the situation throughout. It was all about conversations and the protagonist's superficial views of the behaviour of others. At no time were the most pertinent aspects of the central theme explored. How did the protagonist's views change and what were his views that led to him agree with suicide bombing and become a willing participant? What were his thoughts, and how did he feel about agreeing to sacrifice himself and others in his own community?
No, this is the first. The quality of the narration was excellent, aside from the mispronunciation of two words. n.b. The Northern term 'mithering', meaning 'pestering' is pronounced My-ther-ing!
It must present a unique challenge for a well educated, well spoken author to write in the first person as someone with consistently incorrect, colloquial grammer. Sohota did so brilliantly.
- Ann D