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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Raiders From The North by Alex Rutherford
Babur, a young man, thrust into leadership of his small kingdom finds himself threaten from all sides. Driven by memories of his father’s tales of past family glory, Babur becomes a conqueror who shrugs off defeat and becomes unstoppable.
The Energizer Bunny has nothing on Babur. His ferocious tenacity in the search of glory just keeps going and going. I felt Babur’s compulsion to success was quite realistic. He was raised on tales of glory and may not have had to challenge those tales had his father not suffered an untimely death. That death basically forced him down a path he may have not otherwise chosen.
What I felt compelling about the book was how little things have changed in that area of the world. Regional and territorial imperatives as well as religious differences still fuel the violence that teems in that part of the world. This book provides an inkling into the physic of family, tribe, alliance and nation that western culture has difficulty in seeing and accepting. As historic fiction the book is well worth reading as a peek into the motivation of differing cultures it demands to be read.