Velvet & Cinder Blocks by Ioannis Gatsiounis
- Paperback: 171 pages
- Publisher: ZI Publications (September 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 967526604X
- ISBN-13: 978-9675266041
- Available at: Amazon / Abebooks / Silver Fish
However, I did find some interesting quotes in this collection:
"You struggle in the name of vision and integrity only to have the world strip you of hope and a sense of belonging. Materialism and conformity are not to be frowned upon. They can save you from your barmy dreams. Some of us pursue the high road of "art" not because we have a particular passion for it but because we don't think we have what it takes to win the rat race."
"We have glossy buildings and good roads. But we're virtually void of intellectual and creative spirit. And without love for each other. The worst part? We want the world to respect us as a progressive democracy - and an exemplary Islamic one at that - without doing what it takes to actually be one."
The most memorable story in this collection would be The Guesthouse, which successfully shows the contradictory views between Westerners and Muslims. It also questions the truth behind some almost-misleading verses in the Qur'an, and whether these so-called Holy verses serve to guide its believers towards creating a better society or converting to extremism which is backed by a distorted version of justice.
It is easy to observe the author's excellent command in English, but there is still room for improvement, plot wise. I'm sure it is every author's wish to see readers developing a bond with the characters in his stories, but every reader's opinion will surely differ from one to another. I may not love this book, but that does not mean that others won't find it enthralling.
Warning: This book contains some adult contents. Parental guidance recommended for young readers.
Note: Thanks to Lori Lee from ZI Publications for sending me a copy of this book for review!