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Chris Coward, author of Perpendicular Women and former president of the Florida Writers Association wrote:
Another Tomb in Algiers—truly a haunting read. It would have been enough for the book to immerse the reader in the richness of the culture of the late Ottoman period in Algiers; it would have been enough to immerse them in the cadence of the language, the cultural passion, and explosion of colors, scents, and sounds.
But the genius of Another Tomb in Algiers is that these things, fabulous as they are, never overshadow the story. You as a reader are there, and although the tale is set in what most would consider an exotic time and place, you, the reader, can relate to the trials of a young man feeling his way, caring for his friends, and striving so hard to do the right thing, only to be faced with an excruciating moral choice at the end. Then there are Muhamma’s mentors, friends, and antagonists, colorful, yet universal.
Thank you, AJ Lewis, for sharing the era and a subtle but solid hope that heroes like Muhammad are out there still.
All that, and the book also is fun. I for one had a hard time putting it down. It’s definitely a must-read.
It’s clear, right from the outset, that Ettore considers this his tale, and while the women in the bordello are important in that they raised him, they gently recede to the background through the lyricism of his voice.
A historical literary tale of sweeping adventure and high stakes as Ettore’s carefully constructed manipulations and deceptions crumble around him under life-and-death circumstances.
Praise from the Judges of the Royal Palms Literary Award sponsored by the Florida Writers’ Association who voted to grant the Gold Medal for historical fiction to A Captive in Algiers.
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