De Niro's Game, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)




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Not as great as some of you reviewers are making out. It starts promisingly, with an original and engaging portrayal of a friendship in a war-zone, and enough details of the Lebanese conflict to contextualise the story. However, once the narrator goes to Paris the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and banal. The referencing of Camus' 'L'Etranger' is just plain tiresome. The conclusion goes some way to making amends, but only if you suddenly accept that you have been reading a piece of genre fiction rather than a serious literary work, which I presume it aspires to be.

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