Well I tried, but in the end it had to go back to the library before I was done. And I am quite interested in the subject of al Andalus and the Muslim presence in medieval Spain. Maybe it was bad timing or maybe this book just wasn't the right fit at this point.
Its a series of vignettes about various different figures from 1009 to 1492 - well written vignettes, but for me it was too much hopping about from one person in one part of the territory for twenty pages and then another person living 50 or 100 years later and several hundred miles away for the next thirty pages. I kept getting lost - who is this? how is he related to the previous person? where are we?
Maybe if I was more familiar with the history to begin with I would have been less confused and more able to connect with the story. Or maybe it was the holidays and I was just too distracted. I might come back to this another time.