1 out of 4 stars
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Maram by Dr. Abdulrahman Saied Abubaker revolves around Maram who is just one of the many victims of the Syrian Civil War. In one of the raidings by the Syrian Army, Maram gets taken as a hostage. The treatment that was given to her was very bad and brutal which ultimately got her to the hospital. Upon seeing her condition, her brother, a leader in the war decides to send her to another country through a refugee boat. In spite of being the sister of a leader, the journey to Germany was not going to be easy. Maram is a short 16 pages book about the tragic journey of a young woman in her quest to gain freedom. I cannot tell more about the plot as that would mean giving away spoilers.
Before I begin telling more about what I thought about this book, I would like to state that the author has done a good job in trying to write a book which brings to our awareness the various problems, troubles, losses of lives and other disturbing things some people face in this world, especially in Syria. This novella, with all its unexpected plot twists would have been a really good one had it not been for the things I am going to state now.
The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was that it was completely written in capital letters. I didn’t have a problem with that but I started having some when I read the first line- “ALGHOUTA EAST FO DAMASCUS WAS IN LACK OF ELECTRICITY AND CLEAN WATER COOKING GAS CLINDERS WERE VRY RAE TO FIND.” This is exactly how the first line of this novella is written. By the second line, I headed over to Amazon to read the sample but was truly exasperated to find that the sample was also exactly like this.
The book description that was posted on Amazon was also riddled with grammatical errors, incorrect punctuations and typos-a problem I faced throughout the book. I usually don’t spot many grammatical errors as English is my second language, but I am quite sure that I shall be able to spot a mistake in almost every sentence of this book. The author also rarely used commas and did not enter a space after a full stop. The silly errors which were made leads me to believe that the author didn’t re-read a line even once after typing it down. The synopsis of this book (in Amazon) also narrated the entire story in short which left no suspense.
I rate this book 1 out of 4 stars. The frequency of the errors, typos and other mistakes hinders me from giving it any more. The low rating given was solely because of the errors. I would recommend that the author should read his own book a couple of times and edit it as much as possible. After this, an editor could make this book a good read. The synopsis should also be completely revised as it is also riddled with errors and gives too much of the book away. Right now, I do not recommend this book to anybody.
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