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Review: ‘Koh-I-Noor’ by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

January 5, 2018
Koh-I-Noor by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous DiamondKoh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond by William Dalrymple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Koh-I-Noor was a fantastic book about a fascinating diamond. Well researched, but chock full of some beautiful storytelling, I was most impressed by how Anand and Dalrymple managed to tackle this subject in a post-colonial world while remaining utterly neutral on the morality of the events that they’re chronicling. It was a great way to write as they let none of their prejudices cloud the history of the diamond.

I was entirely absorbed by Koh-I-Noor and wish I’d read it sooner. Non-fiction can so quickly become dense and bogged down, but Dalrymple’s prose for the first half was absolutely riveting. Anand too is an excellent writer, although I must say I preferred Dalrymple’s style.

Overall, this was a really fantastic read and one I’ll be recommending to everyone, whether they’re history buffs or not.

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