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De Niro's Game
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Jennifer (aka EM)
Jun 27, 2010 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (aka EM) by: Christine Patten
Shelves: maple-flavoured
From the first pages, it is clear that Rawi Hage can write, that he can paint pictures with words.

Inside their houses, the impoverished women carefully, economically, dripped water from red plastic buckets over their brown skins in ancient Turkish bathtubs, washing away the dust, the smells, the baklava-thin crust, the vicious morning gossip over tiny coffee cups, the poverty of their husbands, the sweat under their unshaven armpits. They washed like meticulous Christian cats that lick their pa
Sue Smith
I don't know what to think about this book. Truthfully - for the most part - I found I was floundering with it. The subject was something I have no basis of experience with to judge it against, and that shouldn't really be a reason to completely pan a book on. But it's based on a reality that is in the here and now of people's lives and I'm woefully - and thankfully - out of such day to day gorilla life experiences. I know it exists, I know some people grow up with this now as a norm and it's al ...more
A grim story with violence and emotions that have been battered so much that they no longer emote but with a hint of hope to end it.

At times I loved the poetic writing and the repetiton and the destruction in denominations of 10,000 but other times I found the poetry confusing and the repetition, well repetitive. I think the style reflects the story however, that poetry can be found in turmoil but that leads to confusion and living a childhood through civil war is probably very repititious and w
De Niro's game reaches right into the heart of war. What strange bedfellows a tragic series of events can make. In war there is both the inner and outer destruction that takes place. The psychological undoing of people who are in a war ravaged country is really what this story is about. Rawi Hage takes us to the limits of destruction as he gets inside the mind of Bassam the young man and main character in De Niro's Game. Bassam sees the world from a traumatized state of mind; he truly believes ...more
Jean Grant
I lived in Beirut the early years of the Civil War and Hage's magnificent novel made it all come back. He's a brilliant writer who captures the feel of events--all those smells and sensitivities.
Ruth Seeley
A phenomenal first novel. Let me at Cockroach - I can't wait to see what he's done with his second novel.
Bassam and George are best friends in Beirut in the 70s where the war is going on. They are just coming of age and have lost a parent or loved one. Follow each of them as they make their decisions on how they will survive through the war and make their mark in their world. Not all is what it seems. The writing is a poetic at times with how things are explained - but inner demons cast everyone as themselves.
A spectacular book about Bassam, a young Lebonese Christian, who lives in Lebanon in the early 80's. Told in first person/present tense, influenced by the language and rhythm of the Bible, Bassam struggles to deal with a world that is all encompassingly violent.
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