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The Poet Game: A Novel

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the wake of the first World Trade Center bombing, New York City is the center of an intricate web of betrayals and double-crosses in the shadowy world of Muslim radicals. Sami Amir arrives in Brooklyn via Iran, and into a world of militants, arms suppliers, and spies. He is a counter-intelligence agent from a branch of the Iranian Ministry of Security. The son of an Ame ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 7th 2001 by Picador (first published 2000)
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Abdoh's debut is a terse mess of a spy novel, obviously run through the contemporary fiction workshop mill and sucked clean of anything interesting. His prose is snappy, but these days snappy prose is not enough, especially in a book marketed as literary fiction. I suppose there's some sort of exotic allure, Abdoh and his narrator both being Iranian, but there's no sense of culture in any of the characters, so any claim of multiculturalism rings empty and false.

The narrator's tone is clueless an
Tiffany Smart
Seriously thee worst book I've ever read. If I didn't finish every book I started on principle, I wouldn't have made it through chapter one.
"I call it reaching to the heart of the matter. If I could split myself into ten different people, I'd be even happier. Sarajevo was an experience, so is being a stripper in New York. Experience teaches you detachment."

All the trust issues and double-crossings bored me, but Sami's identity crises as he wanders around New York City were fun to follow. Also, I liked the poem Ellena wrote:

Something moaned
In her?
Though it could have been the oud she plays
When he calls for her
Not a big fan of spy novels and this one really wasn't very good anyways. It was written in a pulp fiction style and with the unusual names and the double and triple crosses it often was a bore to read. I had picked it up at a "seconds" book store and now I know why. Not a book I'd recommend or read again and the best thing I can say is that it did get better the farther in one went but I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters.
Jul 20, 2007 Aliappolo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the best
Salar is one of the unique writers & his imagination is just beyond the boundaries.
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Abdoh was born in Iran and spent two years of his early childhood in England. When Abdoh was fourteen his family was forced to flee Iran and arrived in the U.S. His father died shortly after the family’s arrival in the States, leaving his children homeless in Los Angeles. After traveling the country, Abdoh eventually earned an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and received a Master’s from Ci ...more
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