Damascus Gate

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 16, 2013 - Fiction - 512 pages
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With soaring vision and profound intelligence, Robert Stone has written a harrowing, breathtaking novel about our desperate search, at any price, for the consolation of redemption—and about the people who are all too willing to provide it. A violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip, a mind-altering pilgrimage, a race through riot-filled Jerusalem streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze, a desperate attempt to prevent a bomb from detonating beneath the Temple Mount—Damascus Gate is an exhilarating journey through the moral and religious ambiguities that haunt the holiest of cities and its seekers, cynics, hustlers, and madmen. Set in Jerusalem, where violence, ecstasy, heresy, and salvation are all to be found, Damascus Gate is simultaneously the story of a man's search for truthor some version of itand the story of a city where sanity is casually traded for faith.
 

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I picked up this book because of a review I read. It looked intriguing. Unfortunately, the story didn't live up to its review. Too much repetition and false erudition. I was tempted to give it up a ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

Some elements in "Damascus Gate" will seem pretty familiar to fans of Robert Stone: illegal opiates, the presence of seductive, destructive personalities, a general atmosphere of paranoia and ... Read full review

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ROBERT STONE (1937-2015) was the acclaimed author of eight novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2007.

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