Politically incorrect, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, a fast-paced tragicomedy about the perfectly ordinary madness in today's Middle East
A thirtysomething Tel Aviv businessman, Eitan "Croc" Einoch's life is turned upside down when he narrowly escapes a suicide bombing on the minibus he rides to work. When he lives through a second attack, and then a third, he...more
My favorite quote from the book - the main character describing the differences between himself and his girlfriend - provides a good sense of the tone and feel of a b ...more
Croc Attack is pitched as a dark comedy – to be honest, it’s not really that funny, bu ...more
Every once in awhile, a book will find it's way into my hands that takes me completely by surprise. A book that grabs ahold of me and refuses to let go. Had it not been for a little something called work (you know, the place we go to do the things we have to do in order to get those little green papers that allow us to pay our bills?), I would have been done with this novel days ago.... because it was just so darn hard to put down!
It takes place in Tel Aviv - for the most part ...more
the first storyline is of Eitan, nicknamed "Croc", a Tel Aviv businessman who manages to narrowly miss three consecutive suicide bombing attempts, becoming a bit of a media celebrity, dubbed the "Croc Attack". the Croc is immediately likable, the type of pers ...more
A précis of the plot can only hint at the pleasures awai ...more
Eitan: New forces were taking control of my life and I couldn’t, or perhaps didn’t want to, avoid them. Here came the offers and the pressures, the strangers and the advisers . . . every day I was approached by people I’d never talked to who knew what I needed, or who needed to know what I thought. Could I lend my voice, my support, my opinion? It didn’t matter to them that, in most cases, I had no opinion.
Almost Dead is a witty, sarcastic gem of a novel about day ...more
The author gives both perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is not very orthodox (and quite brave) for an Israeli author. Also, it is hard nowadays to find non-biased views as everyone feels they need to take an extreme stand on the matter.
1. Personally I did not connect with the two protagonists.
2. I felt the book not to be flowing - took me around twice my average book reading time to finish it.
3. There were a couple of problems with the author's translation to Englis ...more
"'Why are we forever running from one place to another? Because we exist in a state of terror: the terror of time, the terror of time ending, the terror of death. Because we're afraid of time, we look for solace in the patterns we ...more
I felt this was a mix of Contemporary, modern history, and mystery. I thought it was interesting to get a glimpse into the Isreal-Palestina conflict through 2 ordinary people with ordinary lives. The storytelling felt grounded, with a edge of dishwaser realism, which also reflects in the carachters, their personalities, actions, fates. All whi ...more
I read up to chapter 8 before I gave up.
It wasn't badly written and I wouldn't say that I wouldn't recommend it but it's not what it said it was going to be and I had a hard time trying to keep all the names / places / streets / local language straight.