A review by mariwolf
A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi

  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Amazing. I absolutely loved it
I only wish I had read it in French.
Not only did I enjoy this little book a lot, with all the descriptions of Algiers, I also learned various new things. Why had I never heard of Edmond Charlot???? And why did I know so little about the war between Algiers and France? 
The way this was written worked really well for the book. Because it’s written from all these different perspectives from multiple timelines, you really get a good sense of what is going on and it does not get boring.
This book is really worth reading. Especially if you like descriptive (but not boring) writing of surroundings, books and bookstores, are interested in the history of France and Algiers, French authors. I’m considering buying Nos Richesses in French too.

Spoiler I do wish to know what happened to Abdallah. And did that guy keep the bookstore in the end? I didn’t fully understand the ending. <spoiler/>