De Niro's Game
3 journalers for this copy...
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 .
An enjoyable read with a bit of a twist at the end as regards George.
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