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Muslims read too
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2020
I was hesitant with this book to begin with. It deals with a pandemic centered in Mekkah amongst muslims and Arabs. But having lived for a dozen years in Saudi Arabia I thought I would give it a shot. Should have stuck with my hesitation.
First I'll be on record that I DNFd this book. I tried to push through but it was a bit too much for me. Being house bound in a pandemic at the moment I'd rather spend my time reading books that I enjoy. Rather than reading one that offends me any time it deals with Muslims. Which is a lot.
Stereotypes abound in this book. Women who cover are radicals, not that their behavior warrants that label just thr cloth on her head. Saudis insult non muslim colleagues by referring to them as infidel so flippantly. It's an unfortunate dialogue in media that presents Muslim characters. Its tiring and not worthy of my time.
Did the author have a good premise ? Sure it was interesting and could have went somewhere. Even if I ignored all the slights against muslims, the pacing was weird. There was unneeded medical banter that added nothing to the story, in fact it just slowed the pace down and was boring. But again I couldn't get through it.