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Title: Two books on the secret library of Daraya but which should you buy? I think this is the one.
Content: There are two books about the secret library of Daraya: The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui, and Syria’s Secret Library by Mike Thomson. I wasn’t sure which of these to buy and so I’m writing this review in the hope that it might help others who are finding it hard to choose. Both books were published around the same time, and both cover the same subject, so you would expect them to be similar and describe the same characters. Both books are written by journalists who were not able to travel to Syria and had to gain their information from text messages and videos. Some characters are shared by both books but there are different characters in each. Both books are very good. Both made me cry. Delphine Minoui’s book is the shortest of the two. If you are looking for a quick account then this is the one for you. I read it in a couple of days. There is a very useful map which I welcomed (I’m a retired geography teacher so I am very happy when books give maps!). There are photos of some of the main characters given at the end of the book, along with a brief description of each. And Delphine gives a list of the most popular books in the library. There are several black and white photographs. After reading Minou’s account, I felt I wanted to know more. Mike Thomson’s book is longer and gives a lot more information. Unfortunately there is no map! There are some excellent colour photographs. I think Thomson’s book is by far the better of the two. He examines some of the wider issues and does a better job of describing what happened to many of the main characters after they left Daraya. As Minoui lives in Turkey, she was able to meet four of the book collectors when they visited Istanbul, but I felt Thomson did a better job of describing the book collectors and their hopes and fears. Mike Thomson introduces Amjad, a young boy who is the ‘Chief Librarian’ – I defy anyone not to fall in love with him! So which should you buy? The simple answer is both! But for those who want to gain a thorough understanding of the situation, I recommend Mike Thomson’s book. It is inspiring – his last sentence is: To see hope triumph once more over pessimism, creation over destruction and books over bombs, would be a victory for us all.
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Title: Resilience under Siege
Content: To live under constant bombardment, to be under siege, at risk of death daily from barrell bombs and sniper fire is unthinkable. The ability to exist from sunrise to sunset each day is an achievement. But how do you survive, how do you find hope? Mike Thomson beautifully describes the people of Daraya and their unbreakable resilience against the brutal Assad regime. Their secret library is a haven of peace, but a place of learning, and most importantly, hope. It is a tangible normality. Books and reading in a sanctuary away from the destruction and death raining around them. That Assad continues in power is unsurprising, given his Russian backers. He has broken his country, destroyed cities and communities. But he has not broken the will and determination of people to find hope for a future of peace and learning. The people of Daraya and those who founded the secret library are the best example of how words and ideas, spirit and cameraderie, the power of books, can unite and forge hope for a better world.
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Title: A harrowing read
Content: This is such a harrowing read, it shows the worst and best of humanity. The worst being Bashar al-Assad the psychopath in charge of Syria as he rampages across a country full of culture and history, torturing and murdering those who disagree with him and his beliefs. The worst is also the rest of the world sat idly by saying things along the lines of don't you cross that red line, so Assad does and there is zero response. It is also the media, not keeping focus on an event like this, keeping it in the public eye is the one way to guilt a response from world leaders. The best of humanity is those who stayed behind to rebel against Assad's rule to fight for freedom of speech without the threat of prison, for the right to live their lives and get an education. You have some who aren't there to fight but are there to offer medical aid, some stay to protect their home and one even stays because he was training in dentistry and he saw all the dentists leaving for safety. Mike Thomson starts off this book well, a little story about the unique grapes that grow only in Darayya, a beautiful place, and then that all gets torn down by what has been happening there in recent years. Mike tries to get there to report but it is deemed too dangerous for him, instead not giving up he manages to contact people still in the town so that he can tell their stories and let the world know what is happening. What he wasn't planning on was uncovering one of the most extraordinary stories to come out of a conflict zone. A group of people risking all to save books and create a secret library so that the people can still educate themselves. It becomes a sanctuary for many from the almost continuous bombardment from pro-Assad forces. Their ability to survive, on such a small amount of food, to live under such immense stress and yet still hold out hope for a positive future blows my mind....incredible people. As soon as I finished this book I went online to see a headline that Assad is still getting warnings from other countries, this time Turkey, and yet still nothing happening. Everybody should read this book showing just how strong the Human spirit is and once they've read it, share it.
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Title: Beautifully written, kept my attention throughout.
Content: There's not many books that can keep my attention, but this was certainly one of them. Such an inspiring book that beautifully portrays the people involved with the secret library and brought tears to my eyes at times. Highly recommended!
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Title: First-hand accounts of what it was like in Syria.
Content: Understanding what actually happened in Syria and yet seeing their amazing resilience was challenging and encouraging. The Syrian people need our support.
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Title: Battling adversity with books
Content: It is a fascinating read , well written and thought provoking.
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Title: Two books on the secret library of Daraya but which should you buy? I think this is the one.
Content: There are two books about the secret library of Daraya: The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui, and Syria’s Secret Library by Mike Thomson. I wasn’t sure which of these to buy and so I’m writing this review in the hope that it might help others who are finding it hard to choose. Both books were published around the same time, and both cover the same subject, so you would expect them to be similar and describe the same characters. Both books are written by journalists who were not able to travel to Syria and had to gain their information from text messages and videos. Some characters are shared by both books but there are different characters in each. Both books are very good. Both made me cry. Delphine Minoui’s book is the shortest of the two. If you are looking for a quick account then this is the one for you. I read it in a couple of days. There is a very useful map which I welcomed (I’m a retired geography teacher so I am very happy when books give maps!). There are photos of some of the main characters given at the end of the book, along with a brief description of each. And Delphine gives a list of the most popular books in the library. There are several black and white photographs. After reading Minou’s account, I felt I wanted to know more. Mike Thomson’s book is longer and gives a lot more information. Unfortunately there is no map! There are some excellent colour photographs. I think Thomson’s book is by far the better of the two. He examines some of the wider issues and does a better job of describing what happened to many of the main characters after they left Daraya. As Minoui lives in Turkey, she was able to meet four of the book collectors when they visited Istanbul, but I felt Thomson did a better job of describing the book collectors and their hopes and fears. Mike Thomson introduces Amjad, a young boy who is the ‘Chief Librarian’ – I defy anyone not to fall in love with him! So which should you buy? The simple answer is both! But for those who want to gain a thorough understanding of the situation, I recommend Mike Thomson’s book. It is inspiring – his last sentence is: To see hope triumph once more over pessimism, creation over destruction and books over bombs, would be a victory for us all.
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