Review of Angel of Aleppo by Jon Cocks

A story of genocide just has to be terrible. This story is, and I have all too much empathy, but once I started, I couldn’t stop reading.

Everyone knows about the Holocaust, but history has largely ignored the earlier, equally savage crime against humanity of the murder of perhaps 1.5 million Armenians during the First World War. This remarkable novel brings it to life.

Like Anna Frank’s Diary, like Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains, it deserves to become a classic, not despite the true-life horrors it describes, but because of them.

Jon masterfully weaves together many lives. While some are walk-ons, the main characters are vibrantly alive and will find a place in your heart long after you’ve read Angel of Aleppo.

Without giving anything away, I can tell you that two meetings at the end of the book brought tears to my eyes.

One more thing: what Jon writes here about one example of injustice he explicitly ties to others, anywhere, against any victims.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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