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The Perv: Stories

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A provocative first collection of stories by the author of Koolaids

Following the publication of his critically acclaimed first novel, Koolaids, Rabih Alameddine offers a collection of stories that explores the experience of a number of Lebanese characters - men and women, gay and straight--whose lives have been blown apart by a disastrous civil war and the resulting intern
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 2nd 1999 by Picador
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May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edgycrazycool
I am like totally obsessed with this author. It's his tone, his use of language and sharply drawn characters. I like the idea of short fiction because it's easier for me to enjoy his work in small bites. It's rich and delicious like dark chocolate.
Richard Jespers
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection by a Lebanese-American writer. “The Perv” is especially fine. The reader sees the narrow, personal world that at once becomes universal because of its specificity.
Bill Hsu
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The title story is very impressive.
Justin Abraham
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny-smart
The short story "The Perv" is excellent. Captivating, surprising, arousing, troubling. It's worth four or five stars.
The Grandma and the Grandmaster was enjoyable to read and Duck recalls Koolaids in a nice way.

Ultimately, the book gets three stars because it couldn't keep my interest once I started Stacy Schiff's Vera; although, this might have something to do with the quality of Schiff's book rather than any kind of mediocrity on Alameddine's part.
Bill Fletcher
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The title story is good but, for me at least, tries way too hard to be provocative. The rest of the stories, especially the last few, are more restrained and that makes them more powerful.
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Rabih Alameddine (Arabic: ربيع علم الدين) was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese parents, and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. He was educated in England and America, and has an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. ...more
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