Regional Reading: North Africa and Christie

Haven’t added much to my book reviews as I just finished A Traveler’s History of North Africa–a very dense but very good history of the whole region.

A Traveller's History of North Africa (Traveller's History) A Traveller’s History of North Africa by Barnaby Rogerson

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well-researched and detailed history of (surprise surprise) North Africa. A bit dry, but so informative it should be a reference book. Plus he sourced “Lords of the Atlas” one of my favorites about the Moroccan Berbers of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For quick refreshment after the Traveler’s History, I picked up Christie’s They Came to Baghdad.

They Came to Baghdad They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

rating: 3 of 5 stars

More of a spy thriller than a mystery. Not quite classic Agatha, but still a fun read with lots of twists and turns. Doesn’t hurt that it’s set (mostly) in Baghdad, great sense of what the colonial life used to be. Could use a character list though, we get introduced to lots of people in short succession and it’s easy to lose track of which is who. Good read, but I don’t need to own it.

BTW, I tried to read “A Girls Guide to Kissing Frogs” but couldn’t get past the third or forth chapter–banal and vapid.  Now I’m digging into Good Faith–as of page 13 it’s readable but I’m not yet hooked.

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