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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 4, 2006

    Terrorist Disappoints

    I was very disappointed in the latest Updike novel. It is full of tediously minute details about pathetic characters and pages of lectures about Islam. The last section gets moving but ends with a thoroughly implausible event. Again Updike describes sad, unfulfilled Americans no different from Rabbit in his first depressing novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    lacks depth and interest

    As I read through the novel I kept returning to the same thought, why do I even care what happens to the main character. Updike attempts to get the reader to think and have some compassion for a troubled teen who turns to radical islam as a way out and to make us think about why someone becomes a terrorist. All I kept thinking was how much I hate this book and the character. Filled with pages and pages of islam teachings and attempts to make the reader unserstand why the teen is doing what he is doing. Didn't work for me

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    Posted March 12, 2009

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