Friday, June 18, 2010
Leo Africanus - Book Review
Hassan Al Wazzan known as Leo Africanus (Christened by this name by Pope Leo X) is one of my favorite books by Amin Malouf. Yes I read literary books too, not only trashy romances as some liked to point out. It is one of my many books which I like to reread every now and then. It is the wonderful biographical adventures of traveler Hassan Al Wazzan in the late 1400. It is a historical fiction which takes to different parts of the world starting from Andalusia through the Sahara to Timbuktu to Cairo and finally to Rome, yet, with no historical inaccuracies. I love how Amin Malouf portrayed and described every character, with their different backgrounds and beliefs; and scenes of Cities and Palaces were accurately illustrated in a way which makes you feel as if you are standing right now in this particular place and taking in all the textures and colors. In this book we learn that people are from different backgrounds, ideas, cultures and religions, and there are the good and the bad, and no one is perfect. I highly recommend this book to those who like adventures, travel and history.