when seeking the roots of the current quagmire in the middle east, this book captures the seminal moments of its modern inception. its focus on people, on individuals, on the minute events of daily life give it a force no political/cultural analysis could equal. gives me goosebumps...and i'm no more 'for' one side, arab or jew, than the other. very egalitarian. non-partisan. masterful.
as modern novels go, it's just fine. for all the hype in the new yorker etc, it moves kind of slowly; but, it's a semi-realistic tale of a corporate, amoralistic, non-narcissistic, non-introspective guy going through life with the superficial desires we all have to some degree or another. not great literature, but...amusing. perhaps the ending and denoument will redeem its first-half more-than-acceptable listenability. it's not 'lime twig' or '1948', but it's a whole lot better then tv.
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