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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Pleasure to read

I read the reviews about what a disappointment this book was. I think this is a very unfair judgment. These writers believe these feelings of Islams hate toward the West only come from praying to Allah. However, I found myself both agreeing and disagreeing with the ch...
I read the reviews about what a disappointment this book was. I think this is a very unfair judgment. These writers believe these feelings of Islams hate toward the West only come from praying to Allah. However, I found myself both agreeing and disagreeing with the character, and I pray to nothing. I think these people missed the point. It is my opinion that John Updike was only trying to enlighten us with others understandings about the way we are brought up in the West, using the main character as an informer. This book did not only put truth into words, but also educates us about other people┬┐s faith. Overall, I thought it was worth my precious time.

posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2006

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing, hacknayed, predictible, anything else bad to say?

The more I read this, I began to get the idea that Updike was hiding behind his characters in order to show his sympathy for not just members of Islam, but the terrorists as well. I don't care what a writer says, he or she ARE the charcters that they create and each ca...
The more I read this, I began to get the idea that Updike was hiding behind his characters in order to show his sympathy for not just members of Islam, but the terrorists as well. I don't care what a writer says, he or she ARE the charcters that they create and each carries a small portion of their thoughts, hopes, dreams, and fears. Having said that, I expect Updike's latest disappointing effort to be highly rated by Al Jezera. Once those thoughts creeped into my mind, Terrorist was in a 'no-win' situation, at least for me.

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    Disappointing, hacknayed, predictible, anything else bad to say?

    The more I read this, I began to get the idea that Updike was hiding behind his characters in order to show his sympathy for not just members of Islam, but the terrorists as well. I don't care what a writer says, he or she ARE the charcters that they create and each carries a small portion of their thoughts, hopes, dreams, and fears. Having said that, I expect Updike's latest disappointing effort to be highly rated by Al Jezera. Once those thoughts creeped into my mind, Terrorist was in a 'no-win' situation, at least for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    mumbo-jumbo

    I am totally surprised at the low quality of writing and substance of this book. This is a book based on some sensationalized 3rd-rate newspaper type character, without any resemblance to reality. Updike uses verses from Quran probably to show his knowledge'!' to the foolish readers that he is trying to sell this book to. It's a garbled up book. But on the other hand, Updike is probably just trying to make a few bucks by riding the anti-Muslim tide and capitalizing on the fear-mongering tactics used by the media and the administration. For Updike's knowledge: Muslims do not call their teachers 'master.' Also, according to Islam, God has no son and no Muslim wishes to be called 'son' by God, even when one is a martyr. A worthless book, poor story and even poorer writing - basically a mumbo-jumbo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    One of the most unpleasant books I've ever read

    I picked this book up from the library, suspecting a suspenful and hi-tech terrorist thriller. What I got was one of the most depressing, aggravatingly monotonous books I've ever suffered through. Updike switches back and forth through several characters, all of whom are manic-depressive, and who gleefully guide you through pages and pages of depressive rants until Updike switches to a new character to move the plot. Updike also annoyingly sets Pennsylvania on a pedestal, gushing vicariously about how swell it is (Updike is from PA, coincidence?). I continued to read through the slow-as-molasses tedium to see if the book would pick up. It didn't. Updike rushes through the terror plot to get back to the depressive characters being depressed. Even the 'climax', which lasts about 7 lines (literally), consists of the main character realizing that Allah doesn't want him to kill people. WTF? The ending was implausible and downright stupid. I guess Updike got caught up in things to be depressed about and completely forgot about the plot. I wouldn't touch this book again without a ten foot, manic-depressive, Pennsylvania-made pole.

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    Posted April 16, 2012

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