Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage

This tale presents the raw outrage, fear, misery, and indelible sadness of a country at war. The writing is excellent. Unfortunately, it is so filled with sex and depravity that I can not recommend this book.  After having to force myself to read past the first few chapters, the book did offer some moments of humor (of the black variety) and the final pages did offer some version of hope after the devastation of hopelessness that war engenders.  The feelings of the outcast (religion, societal, employment, mental illness, etc) are clearly shown.  I had hoped for a better read.
2 of 5 stars

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