[Following is a volunteer review of "Divided World" by Kenneth Pickering.]
3 out of 4 stars
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I usually snap out of the mere thought of having a terrible experience; lest my fears are snatched from me and become a reality. Divided World
by Kenneth Pickering is cognisant of the fact that, real people who share in my fears, continue to suffer from acts of terrorism, bombing attacks, and political upheavals, the world over. The text comprises of plays by Hannah Khalil, Kate Al Hadid,and Hassan Abdulrazzak, with Kenneth Pickering introducing the trio's work.
None of the plays pass as a charity case; thanks to the first pages of the book, that expatiate on where the refugees are coming from. Parents want their children to have a better life than theirs; the likes of Hana and Reem are no exception, they dare to dream with their children, Yousef and Younis respectively, regardless of the predicament their families face. Just enough information created scenes, that could have otherwise disturbed sensitive readers; a world-shaking historical event that happened years back, and continues to shape world history to-date, was worth noting. I encourage doing the text in doses; this way, the reader will enjoy the quaintness of the plays.
The surprise that Ray had in store for his sister got me laughing out loud; lucky me, I wasn't in public at the time. Name is everything; joining Yousef and Reem in keeping their secrets safe from everyone, especially their loved ones, was of essence; what you don't know can't hurt you. The play, "Corner of a Foreign Field", was sprinkled with Indian English; which gave it a makeover, I could visualize Sadr ud-Din, in particular, doing the Indian head bobble while reading his lines. This is what stood out in the book.
A play was dedicated to one John Bibby; he was just mentioned, a brief biography about the chap would enable the reader to celebrate him. Also, the conclusion of the text was uncouth; replacing it or generally chucking it off would have given the book a graceful culmination. This is what I disliked about the text.
The book will benefit from another round of editing; errors kept popping up while reading it.I therefore withhold a star and give Divided World
by Kenneth Pickering a rating of 3 out of 4 stars
. An audience that has been of the view that theatre plays are outdated will find Divided World
different; it is up for the challenge. Lovers of history will also borrow a lot from the text. The read will not stand well with children; it contains vulgar language and sexual content.
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