Book Review: Divided

Title: Divided- Why we’re living in an age of Walls?
Author: Tim Marshall
Publisher: Eliott & Thompson
Pages: 252
ISBN: 978-1783963423
Source: Publisher


Divided is a study of the borders across the globe. The book focusses on the divisions across and within the nations- the physical as well as metaphoric manifestations of these divisions. As the subtitle states, the author attempts to account for the presence of these borders in our world.

Tim Marshall deals with 7 regions in this book- China, USA, Israel and Palestine, The Middle East, The Indian Subcontinent, Africa, Europe and UK. In each chapter, he dissects the issues and events that have led to the construction of walls in these nations- the walls that divide not just one region from another but also one people from another.

Tim Marshall’s approach to the book is something that I liked. Often he begins with the first person pronoun which supplies a sense of ease for the reader. This also brings in an element of storytelling. This worked for me really good. But I struggled to get along wherever this was missing, and therefore the story didn’t appear very appealing.

I particularly enjoyed the initial chapters, that are, those on China and USA. My interest, however, gradually declined. Being an Indian, I was looking forward to the chapter on the Indian Subcontinent. I did enjoy it but not as much as I expected to.

The chapter on Africa was least engaging for me. I just moved through the pages. My assessment of the book, at this stage, can be best described as a superficial study. As a result, despite trying multiple times I couldn’t complete this book. And so I DNFed it after having read more than 70% of it.

I don’t know of this was due to some psychological factors or the book is actually written better towards the beginning. That’s all there is to it.

My Rating: ***(3/5)

What do you think about this book? Have you read any book by Tim Marshall? Any non-fiction that you would recommend on the topic of Borders and Divisions? Do share your views. Thanks.

*I was kindly sent a copy by the Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Views expressed are entirely personal and unbiased.*

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