Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Sky is on Fire

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love books for many reasons and one of my favorite reasons is their ability to transport us to another place and time. I don't believe it's hyperbole to say that books hold a kind of magic within their pages.

In The Sky is on Fire by Magsie Hamilton Little, readers are taken on a fantastic journey with the author as she rethinks her life on a trip through the Hoggar mountains in central Saharan Africa. This is the author's account of her time travelling with her guide Samir, his father Suleyman, and a camel named Fleabag. This is an intriguing tale as she immerses herself into the nomadic culture while on her mission to heal Fleabag. On their quest for healing, they draw upon ancient Tuarag plant medicines and other solutions. The journey made this a fascinating read for me.

This book offers an insight into the desert dwellers of southern Algeria. With so much in the news about the international refugee crisis and its forcing people into nomadism, it is very thought-provoking and timely to explore the tragedies caused by war and poverty. As a reader, I found myself thinking of how I would deal with such harsh conditions. In the end, people just want to live their lives and be safe.

Magsie Hamilton Little's journey has opened my eyes with the level of detail that she supplies which is not often found in the evening news. The Sky is on Fire truly challenges many Western perceptions about North Africa and is well worth the read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I learned so much.

Copies of The Sky is on Fire can be purchased here .

About the author: 
Magsie Hamilton Little is a writer, academic and translator. She is the author of the acclaimed Dancing with Darkness: Life, Death and Hope in Afghanistan and The Thing About Islam (both published by Max Press) and has been an expert contributor to several books about the Middle East, including Afghanistan Revealed and The Rise and Fall of the Persian Empire. She has also written for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Beast and The Lady. You can find out more about the author at her website

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

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