Now on the verge of adulthood, they must choose their futures: to remain in the exhausted, corrupt city of their birth, or to go into exile abroad, cut off from the only existence they have known.
Bassam chooses one path - obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to fund his escape to the West.
Meanwhile, George amasses power in the underworld of the city, embracing a life of military service, organised crime, killing, and drugs.
Their two paths inevitably collide, with explosive consequences. De Niro's Game is a devastating, timely portrait of two young men and an entire city formed and deformed by war.
I was really looking forward to this book, the reviews for the print edition were good and I am interested in the location and political setting. But I gave up after ten minutes - the narration just doesn't work. Could be a great narrator for a traditional British novel but he doesn't pull of Beirut. Why not get someone who sounds a bit more 'street'? Or better still, someone of Arab descent?
I will listen a lot more carefully to samples in future.
I had to put a rating for the storyline to be able to write this review but never listened to it again. Might buy the book instead.
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