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An exploration of myth, passion and loyalty from the Lebanon's troubled past, The Rock of Tanios is another superbly rich and rewarding novel from the author of Samarkand and Leo the African. Expertly controlling his multi-faceted narrative with prose of great beauty and power, Maalouf delves into the history of an extraordinary life: that of Tanois, child of the mountains.
He is a master storyteller...and his observations of human nature in all its facets is wonderfully accurate throughout. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
This is as colourful as a fairy tale, and brilliantly translated from the French. - THE TIMES
Told with the simplicity of fable but set on the cusp of the modern world, this is a wonderful tale. - INDEPENDENT
This is a beautifully crafted story detailing the intricacies of the folklores and superstitions which dominated nineteenth-century Oriental village life. - OBSERVER