Book review: Walls, By Marcello di Cintio


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From Bethlehem to Belfast, Cyprus to Arizona to (topically) Spain's Moroccan enclaves, the Canadian writer tramps around the fences and partitions that separate folk who differ - or are assumed to - from close neighbours on the other side.

The book that results, packed with evocative stories of the folly of division, basks a little in (Canadian?) feelgood humanism. Some walls' foundations run deep.

But as a colourful, compassionate tour of hot spots where "nations stake territory in bald concrete", this beating of the bounds can't be topped.