“Vidal has clearly read the historical sources. He must have looked at the art and architecture. The story is crafted so carefully. The realia, the indicia of daily life, is echoed so well. But also, the bigger questions, the big what-ifs of Persian history are handled so beautifully, too. He’s also aware of things we talked about earlier, that the Persians didn’t craft their history in ways that we do in the West. He indulges in that, he delights in that, of storytelling within stories. It’s a really fantastic book in its evocation of Persian life.” Read more...
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