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Florence of Arabia

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Mixed Feelings

    In many ways, I think Florence of Arabia has some interesting things to say about the relationship between the United States and the Middle East. I admire Christopher Buckley for being brave enough to laugh at both sides pretty mercilessly, as well as for creating a number of likeable and human characters (as well as some distinctly less likeable ones). At the same time, there were points in the book that were a bit shallow. For example, I'm not sure exactly why every female main character had to be ravishingly beautiful. It seemed like they had enough going for them without constantly commenting on their gorgeous looks. There were also moments where the plot took some pretty fantastical turns. I'm still trying to decide if this was necessary for the book to stay slightly light-hearted (the subject matter gets pretty hefty by the middle) or if it was a bit much. Overall though, the book was definitely not a waste of my time, and I would probably recommend it to people who are not overly invested in the Middle East conflicts and don't get offended easily.

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