Book review – We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (Spoiler Free)

“We know that freedom has a price. Democracy has a price. But maybe we paid a price that is higher than freedom and higher than democracy. There is always a price for freedom. But not this much.”

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  • Title: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
  • Author: Wendy Pearlman
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publication date: August 7th, 2018
  • Publisher: Custom House

For Life’s Library, I got a book called We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled. I expected it to have a good message, but not to connect with it much. I hadn’t connected with any of the other books in the bookclub yet. However, I did connect with this one.

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is about modern problems in Syria. It starts with how life was before and how the revolution all began. It’s told from many different people that lived in Syria during this time and people who had family there. It talks about everything from how prison in Turkey is heaven compared to prison in Syria to how refugees get the short end of the stick everywhere.

My only major problem with the book was with me. I didn’t know much about Syria before reading this book. So, I got lost in the beginning when they talked about all the different areas and nationalities. I didn’t know what the Ba’ath Party is or any Syrian politics for that matter. I kind of wished there was a small dictionary or list of each that I could refer to. That would’ve helped.

Overall, it’s a great book to read. It has important stories about Syria that need to be told. I’m glad Wendy could get all these Syrians together to tell their story. I’d recommend this quick read.

 

Score: 9/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.61/5

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