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In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
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Nov 25, 08

Recommended for: not sure
Read in November, 2008, read count: 1

So,I purchased this book thinking it was the Cormac McCarthy book, No Country for Old Men. It's not. It turns out to be another in the series of books I have been reading where children are the protagonists and are not very likable characters. The story takes place in Libya, under the terrorist regime of Qaddafi. Horrible things take place to the adults in this story, and the protagonist, a child of 9, acts selfishly and unconscientiously (is that a word?) towards his parents and his friends and neighbors. Are horrible events really seen so dispassionately by kids? I never really saw horrible events as a child, so I don't know if I would have been more selfless. I do know that I was raised to think a lot about the suffering of others (the Catholic way). This child only thinks of himself, and I don't like him.

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Tori I like your reviews - very honest and supported by reasons. I have no desire to read this.

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