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Preview — Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron
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
"'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
Anyway, the book is alright, told from two different narratives, of opposing sides in the modern day Middle East. It's an easy read, supposed to be read as a dark comedy. I liked it because it was intellectual, very real, and a contemporary read of society and war.