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De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
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Mar 19, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

I picked this up from the "new/7 day checkout" section at the front of the library... a favorite place to pick out books on a whim. I am glad I did.

I was very impressed by the poetic prose, the dreamlike quality of the characters experiences. The book is about 2 young men in Lebanon, and the twisted life that they try to live while running under the bombs. I really felt how a person could become quite numb living in such an unreal (or perhaps all too real) situation. It was darkly beautiful and certainly does not leave you with warm fuzzies. In fact, it may have left me somewhat shellshocked, much like the occupants of Lebanon throughout the various episodes of violence they have endured.

I will certainly be looking forward to reading more from Rawi Hage. The words flowed like a perfumed smoke curling all around, mesmerizing and cuttingly sharp.
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