Review by Timbets -- Gates to Tangier by Mois Benarroch

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Review by Timbets -- Gates to Tangier by Mois Benarroch

Post by Timbets » 05 Jan 2017, 20:25

[Following is the official review of "Gates to Tangier" by Mois Benarroch.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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It can be a terrible burden and a lot to process when someone dies. When finding out about a brother that never existed until reading the will can be an overwhelming shock. Gates-to-Tangier by Mois Benarroch is a short story about the Benzimra family traveling to Morocco to find a brother they never knew. Finding their brother is the only way they will receive the money left for them.

Isaque, Israel, Fortu, Alberto, and their sister Silvia, are all Jews returning to Morocco. Morocco is a place that became exile because it is without Jews. Therefore, these siblings, have not been to Morocco in years. If it were not for the will, they would probably not have gone back at all. While forming a plan to try to find their brother Zohra, mixed emotions, confusion, and frustration combined make it hard for the siblings to want to complete the job they were given. What they didn't know is their brother Zohra is a woman. Can they complete the task to find their brother?

Zohra has been with her boyfriend for 2 years. For the longest time, Zohra was confused as to why she cannot have children even though she knows why. The reason still does not make sense to her. Zohra decides to do more research. Once she found the answer, her whole life could change. The biggest question for her is, what would become of Marcel and me?

I enjoyed the story about the siblings looking for their brother. It wasn't too short or too long. I did not find any mistakes at all. The author did a very good job relating details up to the end. The characters were also broken down to sections so that you could read about them one at a time instead of all at once. It felt like you got to know them better that way. There wasn't much I did not like about the story. I was disappointed to find out the news about Zohra, however it did make the story even more interesting. So it was a very good twist that was not expected.

I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would highly recommend this to anyone, except young children. Do not let the first sentence fool you. I almost wondered at first what I got myself into. Once I got past that part I can understand why it was written that way. The only thing I would say that could maybe be different is the first sentence because not everyone likes to read a book beginning that way.

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Post by christinac_2585 » 26 May 2017, 08:17

Sounds like a good book, but nothing I normally would be interested in. Thank you for your review.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 26 May 2017, 13:19

Now you got me curious about that first line. You seem to have enjoyed the book a lot too.

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Post by elbchaymae » 26 May 2017, 13:23

seems a very interesting book; the story is kind of special and unusual; by reading just the sample am too excited to discover this book ; for sure it worth reading

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Post by uk8971 » 26 May 2017, 14:13

The review says that it is a story about the siblings looking for their brother in the Historical Fiction Genre and a good read. I am trusting their judgment and reading this novel soon..Congrats on being the BOTD.. :)

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Post by Scerakor » 26 May 2017, 14:15

I love the premise behind this book. Money and personal greed driving a forced family reunion.

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Post by malcom Kachero » 26 May 2017, 14:47

wow!!! The book gets interesting as I continue to read. I can conclude that the writer has a good flow of the story.

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Post by tarafarah7 » 27 May 2017, 02:21

I never pass on an opportunity to learn about places and cultures different than my own! And...translated into 7 different languages??!! Sounds amazing!!!

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Post by Jaime Lync » 27 May 2017, 17:55

Thanks for the review. I read the sample and I don't mind how the book started.

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