on June 7, 2012
I have read the other two books in this series (not too sure if that is the right way to describe them) and truly loved them and once again I was not disappointed by this one. It was a nice touch using many different characters to explain the story line, felt like more of a biography. I believe Deepak was able to capture the struggles that Muhammad lived through, and that his life was not handed to him on a silver platter. This perspective gave me a different look into Muhammad's life, and one that allowed me to feel what he must have gone through during his life. For anyone that doesn't want a hard core rendition of Muhammad's, Jesus' or Buddha's lives, but more of story telling biography these are the books for you. Next one in this series should be about Gandhi! Namaste.
on April 7, 2012
Chopra is no writer - contrary to the popular belief - for want of a better statement. He should stay with his first profession - MD. Unfortunately, the west tends to seek his opinions on any subject that is vaguely related with any culture or topic that is not western, thus giving most readers the impression that Chopra is knowledgeable about all that is not occidental. His book on Muhammad seemed to be well researched, but does not hold readers interest for long. I found it difficult to plough through - still have a couple of chapters to finish - it's been a few months since I started reading the book. I have read at least half a dozen books in between.
A book that has been researched should at least acknoweldge sources that were used. Writing style - again - does little to hold readers interest. There are numerous other authors who have written superior accounts of various prophets with greater depth - Annemarie Schimmel and Karen Armstrong being two. Anyone interested in religious backgrounds of other faiths should seek out works of the aforementioned authorities.