Damascus Gate

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Fiction - 500 pages
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"A stunning novel by a great American writer."--Washington Post

Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.
      Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the intrigue are a nightclub singer, an unstable Jewish guru, a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah, and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world's violent clashes. A confrontation in Gaza, a chase through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze--as Lucas races against time, he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem's sacred struggle.
      An explosive bestseller, Damascus Gate lays bare the dangers at the fringes of faith.

"A transcendent thriller."--Time

"Brims over with plots, subplots, and an impressive array of incisively drawn characters . . . The range of [Stone's] knowledge is spectacular."--The New Yorker

"Damascus Gate asks enormous questions about cosmic truth--and its effect on those who think they own it--with intensity, intellectual rigor and abiding morality."--San Francisco Chronicle
  

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Stone is a writer whose soul has known struggle. - Goodreads
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The ending is a colossal, albeit realistic let down. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jash Comstock - Goodreads

This book held my attention well. He does a great job of showing the Palestinian/ Israeli tensions of that area. It wasn't an amazing novel, in my own opinion, but wasn't a waste of time either. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Klein - Goodreads

After 136 pages of tedious character development , I only found empathy with one who was terminally ill . Still no idea of the plot , I gave up on the read , which is something I rarely do . I guess I would finish this book if I was a prisoner-of-war , and it was the only volume available . Ugh !! Read full review

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'Damascus Gate': Believers and Cynics on Road to Rebirth
Those spiritual yearnings help propel the tricky plot of Stone's latest novel, "Damascus Gate," a flawed but often gripping thriller set in Jerusalem and ...
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Ne travaillez jamais: Damascus Gate, Robert Stone (1998)
Damascus Gate, Robert Stone (1998). Bloated, boring, and bossy, but still somehow engaging. The book’s greatest virtue is also its greatest vice: Stone has ...
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The online annotated Damascus Gate
Robert Stone's "Damascus Gate" should work especially well because it's grounded in a very complex, very real, very contemporary conflict-- and one that's ...
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Salon Books | Stone bombs in Jerusalem
IN "DAMASCUS GATE," ACCOMPLISHED NOVELIST ROBERT STONE SUCCUMBS TO THE LURID BLANDISHMENTS OF FORMULA FICTION. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - BY ROBERT ALTER ...
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Robert Stone's opium of the people: Religious ambivalence in ...
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GETTING TO THE HEART OF ROBERT STONE THE NOVELIST TURNS
`DAMASCUS GATE' LEADS DOWN ROAD WHERE RELIGION, POLITICS EXPLODE. ... In Damascus Gate (1998), an expatriate American journalist learns the real meaning of ...
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The Puget Sound Papers - Theresa Allen: More Robert Stone
He is less true to his standard loyalty and respect issues than he was in Damascus Gate and Bay of Souls. However, this doesn't mean that he glosses over ...
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Damascus Gate Summary - Robert Stone - Salem on Literature
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Al Jadid Magazine
He was convinced that they do, and we can presume, based on his most recent novel, "Damascus Gate," that he still does 10 years later. ...
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Book Talk - 12/12/1998: Damascus Gate
Introducing the American writer Robert Stone at this years Cheltenham Festival of Literature Boyd Tonkin described him as above all others the writer whose ...
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About the author (1998)

Author Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 21, 1937. In 1954, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. In the 1960's, he briefly attended New York University, worked at the New York Daily News, and attended the Wallace Stegner writing workshop at Standford University. His novels are usually characterized by psychological complexity and political concerns.He has won numerous awards including a William Faulkner Foundation award for best first novel for A Hall of Mirrors, the National Book Award for Dog Soldiers, and a PEN/Faulkner Award for A Flag for Sunrise. The novel Dog Soldiers was made into the movie Who'll Stop the Rain.

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