Book buzz and a blog

Hisham Matar’s “In the Country of Men,” which was recently released, has been getting a lot of buzz lately.

Here’s NPR on the book (with an interview):

Hisham Matar fled Libya in the 1970s as a 9-year-old boy. This week, he releases his debut novel, In the Country of Men, a story told through the eyes of a Libyan boy. Like Matar, the boy’s father is a political dissident hunted down by the Libyan government.

Here’s the Boston Globe interview.

And, even better, here’s the blog The Complete Review on it.

A bit about the Complete Review. This is how it bills itself:

A selectively comprehensive, objectively opinionated survey of books old and new, trying to meet all your book review, preview, and information needs.

Another way of thinking of it is that it is utterly fascinating and a wonderful service for readers.

For “In the Country of Men,” for example, it compiles 13 reviews of the novel (so far) and gives the book a final grade of B-.
The Complete Review has covered 1,807 books so far. Give it a look.

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