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Very Rewarding Read set during the Beirut Conflict in 1982 with wonderful writing,
This review is from: De Niro's Game (Paperback)
Bassam, the narrator, is a 19 year old Christian living in Beirut with his widowed mother during the Conflict between Muslims and Christians in 1982. Bassam dreams of a new life in another country and with his best friend, George, a casino manager, starts to skim money out of the casino. George befriends some powerful men in the militia and gets involved in drug dealing, crime and killing. The book is divided into 3 parts and the pace and writing changes as the plot unfolds: the first part Roma is fairly quiet and descriptive; Beirut, the second part is cutting, brutal and tough while the 3rd part Paris is like a hallucinogenic dream. The powerful friendship between George and Bassam is beautifully told set in a catastrophic period of Beirut's history. A Novel I definitely recommend.