Book Review: Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi

I was reading this book along with the audio version(ISBN: 9780735205741), which was narrated by the author,Yasmine El Rashidi.  It was a really short read; it was only 4 hours and 38 minutes long.  Her narration was exactly how I imagined the book read: boring.  She did not add much emotion to it.
The book was supposed to be a fiction, however it read more like a memoir on Egyptian politic.  The character development was weak and confusing.  For example, I thought “uncle” was dead, but he reappeared again.   Was she referring to a different uncle, were there more than one uncles, or was there a time conflict?
Since most of the book is about politic, prejudice or favoritism was hard to avoid.  I did like how the author left a lot of room for readers to think.  However, most of the readers like myself do not know much about Egypt so it was hard to connect the dots.  I think it would be better if there was more background information.
 1.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books.

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