Title: The Rock of Tanios
Author: Amin Maalouf
A heartfelt rendering from the loser's perspective, which is a refreshing thing to consider.
Maalouf tells a story which takes place in the twilight of the great era of Pashas and Arabian Moguls, in a time when the Europeans began their conquest and eventual takeover of a magical land and their people. We know this time as the Victorian Era.
There is also a mystery involved as well as international politics and intrigue. Maalouf blends all this with a very personal tale of parental love, sorrow, and perhaps even triumph.
Reviewed by Nathalie Vasquez