Thursday, July 10, 2008
59. "DeNiro's Game" - Rawi Hage
Bassam, the young narrator of DeNiro's Game, is searching for a way out of war-torn Beirut. His friend, George, offers assistance, but it is through joining the local militia.
There are good war stories and mediocre war stories. Unfortunately, I felt like this novel fit into the latter category. I enjoyed learning more about the Lebanese Civil War, but the conflict between Bassam and George was predictably depressing. Toward the end of the novel, I began to count how many times the author described Bassam smoking. I got to 16 before I gave up.
Other people have adored this book, so judge for yourself.
2.0 out of 5.0 Lulus.