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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Christopher Lan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The ever-surprising John Updike's 22nd novel is a brilliant contemporary fiction that will surely be counted as one of his most powerful. It tells of 18-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy and his devotion to Allah and the words of the Holy Qur'an, as expounded to him by a local mosque's imam.

The son of a bohemian Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of 11. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey. Neither the world-weary, depressed guidance counselor at Central High School, Jack Levy, nor Ahmad's mischievously seductive black classmate, Joryleen Grant, succeeds in diverting the boy from what his religion calls the Straight Path.

When he finds employment in a furniture store owned by a family of recently immigrated Lebanese, the threads of a plot gather around him, with reverberations that rouse the Department of Homeland Security.

But to quote the Qur'an: Of those who plot is God the best. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Healy | 2/5/2014

    " I haven't really enjoyed the other Updike novels that I've read. I just couldn't get into the Protestant suburban characters he wrote about, but this book is gripping. While some reviewers have criticized the shallowness of secondary its characters, Updike was able to draw my sympathy for the main character and to simultaneously admire and be horrified by his quest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamampoline | 2/2/2014

    " Upon kicking off my John Updike-reading career, I steeled myself for harsh criticism of America's burbs and women, and Updike did not disappoint! From his loathsome descriptions of sagging boobs to his prosaic musings on middle-aged fatness in women to the repeated dips into the Quran for tidbits about the unclean women the protagonist (well, the young muslim, but perhaps Updike actually sides with his teacher more) must avoid to stay pure in his faith, there is plenty to wonder what kernel of wisdom underpins the novel. In the end, though, the story of a young man of mixed origin following a faith and attaching himself to the idea of sacrifice, in somewhat of a response to an amoral, luxury and comfort-focused world, was a fascinating read. The climax, in which the two lead characters charter a truck full of explosives toward NYC, is proof to me of Updike's skill in conveying the disappointments and contradictions of his characters through dialogue. I would also wonder how someone who hated the world as much as his depressed characters do could muster the energy to keep writing books, if there wasn't some redeeming nugget hidden at the end. A late redemption for this book earns it a 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty engaging. The sometimes stock characters grown on you by the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank | 12/14/2013

    " a story that needed to be told, yet which somehow falls short of its potential. its most thought provocating theme is the suggestion that in the end, jews and arabs will encorporate each other's salvation. "

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