Friday, February 24, 2012

Book Tour Review: THE HOMEGROWN by Harry Deshpande

I decided to read this book for a BOOK TOUR (sponsored by Tourz de Codex) and do a review on the book.  Here it is.

Where do I begin with this book? It felt like it had quite a bit to say but it wasn't fully realized.  Based on the premise, it is a lot to chew on.  The preface starts off with: "The Western world is increasingly witnessing threats from Islamic jihadists." Arguing that there are two phenomenas, one in Europe and one in America, both of which are distict from one another emerging from the 'social fabric' occuring in these two countries.  From these troubling extremities, he goes on to say, "a minority of converted people have built up a lot of anger inside them towards society.  It is then easy for extremist elements in Muslim society to convert such people from the moderate version of Islam to the radical version, leading to destruction of self and of society." At this point my interest was peaked.  There are many stories out there of people being pushed to the edge, individuals being impoverished, and people who are limited in their ability to attain the bare necessities of life which drive them to extreme measures.  It was at the end of the preface that I was looking forward to knowing about the story of such a peoples... to know the underlying nature of what drives people to their extremes, in particular the Islamic jihadists.

I was a bit dissapointed, though, I really have to say.  The story was simple.  It dealt with a lot of events; what happens here and what happens there.  It lacked a lot details about who the characters really are as people themselves not as individuals part of a society or culture, what the motivations behind the events were and behind people actions (except maybe Nahgma, whose character I thought was the most well developed and whose character I felt most toward.)  I would have liked to learn more about the characters psychology, motivations, and humanity.

There are some points in the book that peaked my interest and was glad to have read the book as a result of these passages.  There are two parts in the book that would be worthy of discussion: one about true believers of Allah and Mohammad and what that really means to the characters in the book, and how important a woman's presence is in disarming worry and "evil out of the cruelest man."  The book had a few good moments among the dispersed collective of thoughts that weren't so well realized.

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