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De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
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May 10, 2012

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I expected a lot from this book, but frankly I couldn't wait for it to end. It is well written, no doubt about that, and Hage has a unique way of conveying the voices of characters and the sequence of events which I found to be intriguing and compelling. However the story as a whole was somewhat lacking. There is an emptiness at times between the pages where I felt there should have been maybe a deeper rendition of the main character's thoughts. The story didn't fulfill my expectations and that was disappointing, but one thing I loved about it is the way West Side Beirut is portrayed. Although the main character is from the East Side, the Christian side, Muslims do not appear like the enemy to the reader but just another group of Lebanese people stuck in a world of militiamen who seek to increase their own fortunes and to lodge bullets in innocent men's heads.
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Marcy Myriam, I like your review, although I disagree with you. I found this to be quite a powerful novel. I am wondering if you think the emptiness you experienced could be intentional on Hage's part? Perhaps it is there to make you feel what characters felt during the war?

Myriam The emptiness is more a lack of information. In parts the reader wants to know about the characters' feelings but there is nothing. I really wanted to love this book but it came short for me.

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