You can interpret it as a book and a novel about: Yemen or about attempting and doing the impossible or for the politics, particularly British politics in relation to the Middle East. Or read it for the unusual style that Torday uses to write it: a mix of diary entries, debate papers, emails, minutes etc.. For an almost 60 year old man to write such a very difficult book, with a most strange setting and make it as absorbing and interesting as the novel is, is quite an achievement. I wonder what made Torday think of such a complicated story, set it in such a most improper of places; and wove it around such interesting characters. And at the same time, be so hilarious that you will be laughing all the way to the end. And now, there is a film (filmed in Morocco, Scotland and England) adapted from the book. Can it be as interesting, absorbing and comical as the book?
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