Christopher Lucas, unsure of his own beliefs, is wandering through Jerusalem, working on an article about religious mania. When he meets Sonia Barnes, dusky nightclub singer, devoted Sufi and mystic, he is entranced. As Sonia helps Lucas meet some of the visionaries and gurus who fill the city, the two suddenly find that they have become pawns in a fanatical bombing plot. Its target is no less than the Temple Mount, the ancient city's holiest site.
Through visions ranging from Armageddon to Paradise, Damascus Gate captures the whirlwinds of spiritual fervor that swirl through Jerusalem. George Guidall's narration adds dramatic shadings to the physical and psychological landscapes Lucas traverses in this crossroads of nations.
©1998 Robert Stone; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
"Stone's novel...is a major work in every aspect...Bold and bracing, ambitious and inspired, Damascus Gate is...an astonishment." (Publishers Weekly)
The book gave me a new perspective of the Middle East as wrapped up in what was Palastine and Jerusalem and is now Israel and Jerusalem. I felt at times that it was taking the author a long time to give proper background for his story, but stay with it and you may be rewarded as I was.
This book teaches so much about all the complex issues in the middle east conflict that involves religion, ownership of land, and grudges that go back several centuries. George Guidall is a great great reader and he does one of his best here. I bought a hard back copy of this book after I listened to this audible, I will read and re-read this one.
George Guidall guides the tour, while the author makes sure we get more than the gentile tourist package. I loved the real sense of space and how it is shared, or not. The patchwork of cultures and religions and fervor makes for a more dynamic viewpoint than one can normally encounter. There were many surprises and much to learn from this book. This captured some of the unique driving energy. The plot is just the vehicle that transports us, but an exciting ride for sure. No book has ever given me such itchy feet for Israel.
A plot. I listened to 1/3+ of the book before I gave up. I had no idea what was going on.
George Guidall is great!
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