For me, the primary allure of reading fiction is in the learning about the inner life of others: how their reflections might differ from my own and how they might be surprisingly very much the same. Deserts and Mountains also provides meaningful insight into relevant and timely cross-cultural experiences that a Canadian born reader would not otherwise be privy to, at least not first hand.
Although I have read widely from several cultural perspectives, Deserts and Mountains filled a gap in my knowledge of the Turkish-Canadian experience, in particular. Yilmaz Alimoglu touched on so many fascinating topics in a comparatively short space. Each could warrant a separate story, if not novel, of its own. Deserts and Mountains also left me hungry for further indepth discussions, but one at a time, I should think. There is so much for Alimoglu to say and so much for readers to consider. I look forward to Yilmaz Alimoglu’s next writing, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
Deborah Symons considers herself a student of life and very much appreciates the spiritual journey mapped inside Deserts and Mountains. Formally, Deborah has studied English Literature at the doctoral level, along with some undergraduate studies in French Literature. Informally, she studies and practices Academic Art at a classical atelier in Toronto. She also enjoys Philosophy. Deborah is primarily a teacher of literature and writing, and Visual Art.