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    This is the best book I've read this year KaiKazi delivers a strong message in a fairly simple tale. The story tells of a Bangladeshi migrant worker struggle to survive and have access to basic human rights while working as pretty much a slave building large skyscrapers (an unfortunate condition that most migrants workers face in middle east). The protagonist is a poet and uses his poetry to inspire his fellow migrant workers to rise up and demand basic human rights that all humans should have. I have not read any books prior to this that contained so much poetry, though I am not a big poetry reader I have to say the poems composed in this book compliment the story so well. I feel this book has turned me into a poetry lover. This story is allegorical in its universal truths of love, compassion, friendship, and redemption. A must read especially if you enjoy poetry.
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    From start to finish, this book is a triumph

    When it comes to new literature it can be hard to stumble across something that is refreshing to read. There are lots of genres now that are so bogged down with clichés and recycled ideas that it can be difficult to be pleasantly surprised when reading. I am glad to say that with Heart of the Visionary Anarchist it was something of a revelation. The narrative is a wonderful mixture of prose by Kai Kazi with the addition of poetry by award winning poet, Ashley Newton. The combination of the two helps to give a deep identity to the protagonist, Madhi, and makes his character one that is easier for the reader to identify with. The story itself is gritty and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to confronting the working conditions that are faced by migrant workers in Dubai. It highlights something that many would rather be ignored, especially in a time where there are so many things that are much easier to be outraged by. Heart of the Visionary Anarchist is inspirational from start to finish, though it doesn’t see Mahdi imprisoned and tortured as you might expect such an activist to be, it does take a fresh approach to a rather grizzly topic and uses the elegancy and beautiful of poetry to accomplish something. It highlights that words are a powerful thing and should be carefully used in every situation, not careless thrown about. From start to finish, this book is a triumph and is something that I can heartily recommend to anyone that is looking for inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
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