I finished this book in one day and that rarely, rarely happens. I cannot say I enjoyed the book--at least not in the sense that it was a pleasurable read. The story is sad, frustrating, complex, and I absolutely could not put the book down. Hisham Matar writes poetically about very difficult times in Libya during the rule of Quaddafi. The story is told from a 9-year-old boy's perspective. There is deceit, torture, cruelty, and bravery amongst the characters. I cannot stress how much I recommend reading this.