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M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Silk Armor" by Claire Sydenham
By Martha Stevens-David.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:15:13 AM

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Upon receipt of the book "Silk Armor" by Claire Sydenham, I was immediately enticed to begin reading it. As the chapters began to add up, the story line became blurred by the constant jumping around. A chapter might begin in one place and then, upon turning a page, one found one's self reading about another character set in a totally different place. I found myself wishing to have what now had become a "task" over with.

What started as a wonderful descriptive story, failed in my opinion.

I did find that some of the author's descriptions of the archaic customs, mode of dress and setting of the Middle East were interesting but simply put, could not carry the story.

I did/do feel deep sympathy for the women who live in the present day Middle East and hope that the "powers that be" have changed in their approach and treatment of the fairer sex.

Would I recommend this book? Not unless you have a lot of patience to figure out where the author is taking you.

Martha Stevens-David.
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About the Book Author

Claire Sydenham has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She has taught English both in the US and abroad, including Turkey. Silk Armor is her first work of fiction.


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