Book Reviews

The Hundred Year Walk

The Hundred Year Walk is an authentic and riveting story of Dawn Mac Keen telling about the first genocide of the 20th century perpetrated against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. It was meticulously planned by the minister of the interior to eradicate and industrious and prosperous nation who called Anatolia their home for centuries, but lost it through invasions from Central Asia.

The author, of Armenian ancestry was born in the

U S A, but raised by her Armenian mother whose father somehow managed to escape from certain death.

This compelling, beautifully written, and thoroughly researched story of survival and tenacity connects three generations. It is a perfect; eye opening history and biography presented in an interwoven narrative between 1915 –1918 and present time.

The Hundred Year Walk shows the cruelty and inhumanity committed a century ago, and which still represents an issue between those who managed to survive, and the Turkish state, where minorities’ are treated like seconds class citizens. They cannot be government employees, and are subjected to all kinds of denigrating treatment in everyday life.

Dawn travelled to Turkey and Syria to trace how her grandfather was forced to march under extremely trying conditions over 1500 kilometres from his hometown to the shores of the Euphrates River , and survived by his wit, luck and endurance.

Readers will be distraught, happy, tormented, sad, grateful, and forgiving, learning how people can be generous benefactors, or cruel and discriminating.

The Hundred Year Walk is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is a must read for all who want to understand how tenacity can help overcome extremely dangerous and trying circumstances.

Highly recommended to all history buffs and those interested in discovering human behaviour.




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