4 out of 4 stars
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Destiny of Dreams is a non-fiction novel written by Cathy Burnham Martin. It depicts the history of the
author's maternal family. They are Armenians whose ancestors immigrated to the United States of America during the First World War. This was around the time the Ottoman Turks had embarked on genocide to wipe out Armenia from the face of the earth.
This story reflects the history of a
family whose ancestors lived in Van during the Ottoman Empire. The author narrates how her great-great-grandfather, Ohanes, and her great-grandfather Garabed were murdered in cold blood. Also, she narrates how her grand-aunties were raped and murdered. The author reveals how her great-grandmother was able to escape from the Turks with two of her sons. In their bid to escape, they faced unspeakable challenges. This book would mesmerize any reader. I enjoyed it from the very first page to the last. Destiny of Dreams is an excellent read.
This book has many positive aspects. The story is told with very clear and concise language. I did not find any errors in this book. This shows that this book was exceptionally well-edited. The organization of the book is both simple and professional. The book is very engaging and Cathy does well to make excellent use of imagery; for instance, her description of Van. The author tells the story of discrimination, genocide, hope, perseverance, wisdom, survival, and the importance of relationships. These are expressed very well so that the reader easily understands them from the author's point of view.
Another positive aspect I found in this book is that it contains authentic pictures of the places and characters in the book. This makes the story more real, alive and captivating. This story is very informative as it enlightens the audience on the violent experiences of Armenians in the past which have not been fully appreciated by the rest of the world. This book is a source of encouragement for millions of people around the world that are going
through hardship and persecution; for instance, the story of Aghavni and her sons, Hrant and Vahram. They escaped from the horrors of genocide traveling across four countries on foot and by sea, enduring and overcoming horrific circumstances.
Despite how wonderful this book is, I found a flaw. Cathy portrayed members of her family to be perfect people, while this is understandable, it is unrealistic. Notwithstanding this flaw, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I gave it a perfect rating because this book is such a wonderful read. I did not rate it lower because the above-stated flaw can be easily ignored. It did not take away my overall satisfaction from this book.
I recommend this book to Armenians all over the world and to all lovers of non-fiction. Those in need of encouragement and motivation should read this book, it will be of great help.
Destiny of Dreams
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