My rating of 3 stars isn't really a rating of the writing in this book..I thought it was well done. It's purely based on my feelings towards the characters,which is in turn coloured by my own life experiences. I am married to an Algerian man born shortly after Independence, and have visited the country and tried to learn a little about the culture and recent history.
I think if I had read this before knowing him I would have found it a tragic ,star-crossed lovers, victims of circumstance kind of way,and loved it.. but as it is I could only think of the poor man's wife and children left behind in Algeria while the two protagonists fell in love in France..
maybe too close to home for me..but that isn't the book's fault...!