Lust for power

2008-09-10 00:00

IN the United States in September 2001, days before the 9/11 terror attack, Americans are blissfully unaware of what’s to come. The story focuses on three foreigners within U.S. borders, who are making themselves ready through prayer and fasting to annihilate the country’s perception that it is untouchable. But the men also sample some of the pleasures available in the U.S. and that’s where one of them encounters April, the stripper at the Puma Club for Men, and he begins to act out his lust for power and domination over the American.

The way Dubus portrays the Islamic martyrs, as hard, hateful men who have no compassion or compunction about what they plan to do, is I suppose what Americans want to read, but I found their characterisation just a tad overdone.

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