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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547599382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547599380
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"But while the religious quests of Stone's characters help drive his story, the novel is ultimately concerned less with metaphysics and cosmic order than with the earthly realm of politics and the human craving for certainty. The characters in Damascus Gate may be "God- struck," they may dream insistently of a better world, but like so many Stone characters, they end up captives of history and their own very human illusions." — The New York Times

"Heavy as a marble tablet, it delivers revelations about character and culture in the way that only a dense, textured novel can.... Precise and passionate, Damascus Gate is a stunning achievement." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Damascus Gate asks enormous questions about cosmic truth—and its effect on those who think they own it—with intensity, intellectual rigor and abiding morality." — San Francisco Chronicle

"The writing, often dense with metaphor and landscape, is powerful, and the result is a pulsing, profound novel...." — Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

ROBERT STONE is the acclaimed author of seven 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 2006.


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ROBERT STONE is the author of seven novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Set in the Middle East, Robert Stone's Conradesque novel pulls you in through the force of a sort of political-theology--the sort that manages to capture antediluvian drives of the region, which includes its violence, its dogmatism, and its profound beauty. Where Stone's novel fails is in his contrived characterizations--you never really get the sense that he connects with the young people he is creating, and the result is often lifeless. A worthy exploration of often embarrassing themes (e.g. faith, identity, heroism, etc.) is still a welcome act of literary bravery, to my thinking at any rate.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gozer-the-Traveler on October 29, 2012
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Loved this, wonderful sense of Jerusalem the modern complex political place as well as the ancient complex place of faith for so many peoples, and the protagonist is suitably complex for the tale. I have been around people with the charisma of some of the characters and that whole story was also so apt.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 14, 2013
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Way too much character development and scene setting. By chapter 7 I was bored and didn't want to turn another page. That is so unlike me to not finish a book. This is only the second book I've ever done that too with no intention of ever picking it up again. Infact, it is in my give away pile.
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