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Almost Dead (2006)

by Assaf Gavron(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 3
0061984043 (ISBN13: 9780061984044)
Harper Perennial
review 1: This one was recommended because it is supposed to give a genuine picture of how Palestinian suicide bombers and Jewish Israelis really think and make decisions. It is the story of a young Jewish businessman who survives successive bombings and researches a man sitting beside him who does survive. Simultaneously, the novel tells the story of a Palestinian suicide bomber and his progression from activist to sniper to bomber. However, the story stretches credibility, the language and morality is awful, and none of the characters comes off as likeable. Hard to get through
review 2: For me, this book primarily explored whether or not a network of interpersonal connections is the result of random events or (devine?) fate. The plot is recounted from the perspectiv
... morees of an Israeli civilian and a Palestinian terrorist. I was intrigued by the theme of choice, particularly as it applies to Fahmi, the terrorist. Caught between a father who argues for peace and higher education and a brother who espouses jihad, Fahmi chooses terrorism. His attacks never advance his cause and never improve his life or the conditions of those around him. Just like in real life. less
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Boring. Hard to follow. Thought it was a comedy - it wasn't.
Heard author interviewed on npr at Aspen Idea festival.
Perspective is everything.
Very interesting.
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