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The Stray Cats of Homs
The Stray Cats of Homs | Eva Nour
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A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I dont know how youve made it this far.' Growing up in Syria, Samis childhood is like that of any ordinary childs - an innocent blend of home and school, of friends and siblings and pets (including stray cats and dogs, and the turtle he keeps on the roof). But everything changes when his country fractures into civil war, and young Sami is forced to leave his family and train as a map maker. Inspired by extraordinary true events, The Stray Cats of Homs started out as a love story, and turned into a novel.
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Bit of a blue theme going on this week....

I planned to read the Simon Reeve, Rotters‘ Club and two Penguin Moderns. I read all of these, plus two more Moderns to finish the full set of 50.

I also read The Stray Cats of Homs and I‘m halfway through The Rabbit Girls, which is very hard but engrossing.

All really great books so a fab reading week for me!

RachelO And your cushions are wonderful! 1mo
TrishB Great week 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow what a productive week! 1mo
Cinfhen I like all this blue going on 💙great week 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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This novel tells the story of Sami, growing up under Assad‘s regime in Syria. It‘s not an easy read, but very compelling. At the beginning I thought that the writing was too simplistic, perhaps reading more like a magazine feature from the journalist author. However the suspense and emotion grows as the book continues and actually the postscript brought a tear to my eye. (See spoiler ⬇️)

squirrelbrain Sami is a real person; Eva Nour is a pseudonym and is his real-life girlfriend. It is a novel, not NF, but is a slightly fictionalised account of Sami‘s life - names all changed to protect his family and friends. 2mo
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