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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: 8 x 5.2 x 1.4 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: #1,123,493 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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I can't believe this was a very popular book when it was first published. Page after page in the beginning is nothing more than descriptions--and not very good ones--of places and sights in Jerusalem. Want to know where the Armenians worship? He tells you. How about where the German catholics are? He tells you. The story seems to wander here and there among the places, rather than move right along with the characters. I finally gave up and did not finish this book. I doubt I'll read anything else by him.
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4 of 7 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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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Valgard Jonsson on September 9, 2012
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Damascus Gate by Robert Stone probably is the worst book I have ever attempt to read in my 80 years of life. The book is not coherent and it seems that the author was not all there while trying to write the book and then he fills the book with number of unbelievable characters and looser that would be difficult to found anywhere. Not even on skid row. I just wonder why this book was even published?
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