Dark at the Crossing

Dark at the Crossing

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"Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness?" -- page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Alfred E. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101947371
1101947373
Branch Call Number: FIC ACKERMAN, ELLIOT
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 25 cm

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blcwrites
Oct 22, 2017

I also wanted to read this book and noticed, which is rare for me, that the blurbs on the back were all male writers. Then I read that if you want to win the Man-Booker prize, don't have a female protagonist. I just finished Home Fire and still think about it. The difference - it has more for me to hold on to when the going gets tough - women who are major and minor characters. This is no reflection on Dark - just me and how weary our wars all over the world make me. I read until I couldn't take another description...

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writermala
Oct 10, 2017

This book is not of my favorite genres. The only reason I read it is because of its being long-listed for the National Book Award. I must confess Ackerman has written a novel deserving of the award. Ackerman's experience as a journalist and Marine make him eminently suitable to tell this story. Haris Abadi is an Iraqi American who heads out to Syria to join the 'cause.' Thence emerges a tale of strife which leads him to question if he is truly an idealist or just a pragmatist. The supporting characters in the novel are strong all of which makes for good reading.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Insightful. Contemporary.

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Rock_Shadow
Apr 26, 2017

I wanted to like the book - fascinated by the timely setting and story... Found it too descriptive, but still kept trying to get through it. Unfortunately, it just didn't hold my interested, and I didn't finish it.

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megaculpa
Mar 20, 2017

Was looking forward to this novel about people at the Turkey-Syria border, given the topical subject matter. But the characters are pathetic, rather than sympathetic, and the story is aimless and disheartening.

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