De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0887841961 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingJ4Shawwing of Boise, Idaho USA on 3/11/2015
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingJ4Shawwing from Boise, Idaho USA on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. In Rawi Hage's unforgettable novel, winner of the 2008 IMPAC Prize, this famous quote by Camus becomes a touchstone for two young men caught in Lebanon's civil war. Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown to adulthood in war torn Beirut. Now they must choose their futures: to stay in the city and consolidate power through crime; or to go into exile abroad, alienated from the only existence they have known. Bassam chooses one path: obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to finance his departure. Meanwhile, George builds his power in the underworld of the city and embraces a life of military service, crime for profit, killing, and drugs.

This is certainly a first for me, reading about the Lebanese civil war, and it's difficult to say what I thought of this book, but the first word that comes to mind would be poetic I guess.
Others would be atmospheric and most definitely fight.
Although the story ran in a concurrent time sequence, it did come across as a little disjointed and erratic.

I read this book for the 666 for 2015 - An Around the World Reading Challenge .

Journal Entry 2 by wingJ4Shawwing at Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (4/15/2015 UTC) at Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand


This book has been played in the Australasia Wishlist Tag Game

Journal Entry 3 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Friday, April 17, 2015
Thank you J4shaw. The book's here and looks interesting - a bit different to what I would normally read.

Journal Entry 4 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Saturday, January 16, 2016
This author uses a very descriptive writing style, so you can almost feel as though you are there, in a very hot and dusty Beirut.
An enjoyable read with a bit of a twist at the end as regards George.

Journal Entry 5 by wingkeeta1wing at By Post, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, January 23, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (1/23/2016 UTC) at By Post, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases


Sending to KiwiinEngland for the 2016 Southern Cross Exchange.

Journal Entry 6 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, February 07, 2016
Wow, I cleared my mailbox and found a large parcel full of books. Thanks so much for sending me this 666 challenge book. And thanks too for J4shaw for nominating me to receive them

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