At the start of the story, he is gathering an army for the purpose of attacking the Seljuk Empire , which has taken over possession of Iran. The story opens from the point of view of Halima who was purchased by Hassan to become a houri. Fedai are expected to obey orders without demur and forfeit their lives if necessary. During their demanding training, they come to be convinced that they shall go to heaven immediately after their death if they die in the line of duty. Meanwhile, Halima joins the other houris in the garden which Hassan has been building, the young girls are educated in various arts by the leader of the houris and confidant to Hassan, Miriam.
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Start your review of Alamut Write a review Shelves: fiction , haecceity I love this book beyond stars. The reasons I love this book is because it shows with perfect realism how religious fanatics were developed and maintained in this particular case, Muslims , how harems were built and worked, and how higher-ups used knowledge--or rather, the lack of knowledge about life and spirituality and human existence in general, to steer the minds of young, naive men and sustain dogma, thirsty for blood and revenge.
I love this book because the antagonist is cooler than the I love this book beyond stars. I love this book because the antagonist is cooler than the protagonist until the protagonist becomes the antagonist and the antagonist becomes the protagonist, which is even cooler. I love it because after a point words ending in -ist and -ism are rendered shallow and empty and meaningless.
Everyone laughed at Vladimir Bartol whenever he told them what he was working on; nobody believed in his work except him.
It took him ten whole years to write and publish this story, but unfortunately, under the circumstances of his time, the book did not come out with a bang, not even a spark. It seemed it was destined to drift and drown into the unknown not known, having only a handful of readers. And yet it survived.
Books are the planks that carry the stories they tell; and even if everything went downhill and the Titanic sank and DiCaprio died, the story survived. And like Rose it flourished. Weird metaphor, eh? Before the author so artfully switches POV and takes you backstage to show you how all this happened.
I love this book because the real message it conveys seeps slowly through the veins of our understanding, and as we grow older and gain more experience about what is this we call our world and our reality, it resonates truer than ever. Nothing is true; everything is permitted.
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