Threaded through the ongoing narrative is the backstory of what Aziz escaped: forced military service in the Algerian army, a chance role as a double agent which almost gets him killed and causes him to desert, and the ordinary, everyday horror of a bloody ground war. After deserting the army, he goes home, only to have his double agency discovered, which puts him on the run again, this time to Boston Harbor. At 24, he is a veteran in every sense of the word. Somehow, he retains an insouciance and innocence through it all. Not so his roommates.
Adams raises the question: "Who is a terrorist?" What makes this book irresistible is that there is no easy answer. Is it the one reading ancient Persian poems or the Qu'uran, or the one stealing Batman toys to resell at a profit? What we are stuck with is what an FBI agent says: "...we don't have to know them. We can't, ever. We can just piece together something here with something there and draw logical conclusions. It's flawed, of course it's flawed. But it's better than the alternative." --ValerieRyan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a tricky one because you can't read a book like this and not expect it to be gritty and uncomfortable and perhaps even quite shocking or disturbing. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Jess Sturman-Coombs
Harbor is a book that starts off very well but then loses track of where its going. The story is engaging, with interesting characters, but it grows chaotic as it proceeds to the... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Matt Hausig
Lorraine Adams' "Harbor" tells the story of a group of Algerian immigrants of varying legal status who live and bond together on the East Coast of the United States. Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Ryan Winkleman
This novel explores life in Algeria through the eyes of a young refugee who stows away shipboard to seek the American dream. And his experiences in Boston. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by kn_s
HARBOR is a very unique story. At times it was difficult to follow so careful reading is necessary to fully appreciate the scope of the story. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by J. Stoner
Throughout this book, I kept waiting for more. More action, more answers, etc. By the end, I knew what was coming and found it a little disappointing. Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by PCG
I've served in the Global War on Terror--most notably in Operation Nobel Eagle, but also in the general course of active duty. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Brian M. Ranzoni
This book chronicles the life of Aziz, through his time living in cities along the Eastern Corridor of the United States, and during his time as a soldier in Algeria. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Adam Rust
Harbor begins with an Algerian man who jumps ship in order to live in the United States. He receives help from the local mosque which brings him safety and medical care but also... Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by Lynn Ellingwood