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Book Review for: The 28 Mansions of the Moon: A Novel of Ibn Arabi by Motaz H. Matar

28 Mansions of the Moon has been the most sophisticated book I read this year. The story gave me a unique sort of vibe, as if I were having a calming night at the desert and looking at the stars and contemplating world and its wonders with a wise companion.

The main character in this book - Yassin - has so much to say, yet he cannot, as he is mute. He can only look, and think, and wonder. The author described his hardships, and the pain of not being able to form words and share feelings, so beautifully.

We got introduced to a different side of a man - a side they tend to hide, about how sweetly they think when they fall in love. Usually, when men describe their love for a woman in a book, it’s always either blunt or unsatisfactory. But this book described the main character’s love for his coworker so profoundly that I truly understood him. As a writer myself, this concept intrigued me immensely, it made me think: dammit, why didn’t I think of this before?

However, I wish there were more descriptions on the characters - like how they looked. I wish I could have a look through their past, their hardships, how they tuned out the way they did. But either way, I found this book very nice.

4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

✨“The heart is never reassured my son, but it is always looking for reassurance. For it is always torn, lost, looking for its own resting place.”✨

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