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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Gates to Tangier by Mois Benarroch is a stunning family saga, an exceptionally entertaining story that will take readers on a race across countries and continents to discover the truth about their identity. Upon his death, the head of the Benzimra family makes a shocking revelation: he has an illegitimate son with a Muslim woman and he is bound to share in the inheritance. As members of the family search for their lost brother, they are unwittingly unveiling layers of their cultural identity and heritage. Readers watch with bated breath as they explore Jerusalem, and race across countries to Madrid, New York and Paris.
The dialogue is a powerful component in plot and character development. At times it is deep and very intelligent. Readers will enjoy the multilayered conflict explored in this novel, a story that is brilliantly told, featuring very compelling characters. Readers will be amazed at the revealing portrayal of the plight of the Sephardim in Israel. The pilgrimage made by the Benzimras will bring them face to face with different cultures and conflicts, and face to face with themselves. The language is beautiful, and being a translation, one can imagine how this story reads in its original language. Mois Benarroch’s Gates to Tangier is a masterpiece, a story that will inform and entertain readers immensely. A wonderful read.