3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine living in a world where you feel you do not have time for love, a world where you live in total darkness, a world where injustice and chaos prevail. That was the world Mulham found himself in, and he had to find a way to escape.
Who Killed Che Guevara, written by Jamal Bouhassoun, is a fictional story that follows the life of Mulham, a young writer determined to avoid politics and make his own way in life. Throughout the book, Mulham discusses complex topics related to communism, Nazism, and Marxism. He also discusses historical figures such as Omar Khorshid, Bruce Lee, and Ernesto Che Guevara (the book’s namesake).
Although the story is fictional, most of the ideas in it involve historical real-life events and figures. For example, at some points, there is a deep discussion of Joseph Stalin’s terror reign and how Jamal Abdel Nasser destroyed the Egyptian society. All in all, the book manages to blend fiction with nonfiction to tell a riveting story of chaos and injustice.
The one thing I liked most was the inspiring recap of Che Guevara’s life. After reading that section, I was inspired by how much one man could give so much of himself for the cause of justice and equality. Indeed, Che Guevara’s story will stay with me for a long time. The following quote, for instance, encapsulates his passion for humanity: "If inhumane conditions are imposed on the human and he does not rebel, he will lose his humanity, little by little (p. 33).”
Further, it was quite interesting following the lives of Mulham and his friends. For example, there was Abu Ali, an army water tanker driver cum drug smuggler. Reading about Abu—and the other interesting characters—felt like peeking into an alternate universe where people lived very different lives than usual. More importantly, this alternate universe felt more real to me than a mere fictional construct.
Nevertheless, I had a few issues with Who Killed Che Guevara. First, I found it hard to understand some sentences in the book, as they read very awkwardly. Take, for example, the following sentence: "Instead, it was kept somewhat away of time close to promises (p. 3).”
Furthermore, some parts of the book read like a history textbook, which made it quite boring to get through. I would have really liked it if the author concentrated more on the lives of Mulham and his friends than the historical figures. Apart from these issues, however, I enjoyed the rest of the book.
Considering the above points, I rate Who Killed Che Guevara 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted one star because of the issues mentioned above. Further, I do not believe it was professionally edited, as I found more than ten errors in it. Lastly, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical novels.
Who Killed Che Guevara
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