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En on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father who disappeared into the Tyrant’s gulag in 1991 When he was a child his uestions about his father were ignored by his mother and his uncle in whose house he was raised Older now he is fighting in his uncle’s Army of the Awaited One which is leading an insurrection against the Occupier He slowly begins to piece together clues about his father’s fate which turns out to be intertwined with that of the mysterious corpse But This book resoundingly fails as a novel but still manages to be worthwhile in a pedagogical sense for explaining the rivalries among different Irai Shia houses of scholarship Taking place in the years after the US invasion the book is narrated by an unnamed Irai militiaman who takes part in some of the signal events of this period The dialogue is risibly unrealistic the story drops threads that it fails to pick up later and none of the characters undergo any kind of plausible form of development Nonetheless it was useful to learn the intricacies of Irai Shia politics from someone who knows them well and who chose to perhaps teach them in this format If I were assigned this as a textbook in a class I would think highly of itThe houses of Hakim Khoei and Sadr have been intertwined in hostility and cooperation for generations and entered a new chapter of their relationship with the invasion one that is still playing out As the narrator tells it and as contemporary politics seems to show the House of Sadr is the most Irai nationalist of the three whereas the other two are closer to Iran and the West The Shia Irai exiles shown in the book come in for scathing critiue from Makiya he himself is one and brings to mind the criticisms leveled by Zaid al Ali in his non fiction book on postwar Ira I managed to learn uite a bit from the anonymous militiaman s account here both about politics and the various outlooks that animated the Shia population of Ira after Saddam s fallI wouldn t recommend this for everyone but if you re interested in Ira it is worth looking at Not a great piece of literature by any stretch but a useful touchstone on a path to learning about the country

Summary The Rope

The Rope

From the best selling author of Republic of Fear here is a gritty and unflinching novel about Irai failure in the wake of the 2003 American invasion as seen through the eyes of a Shi‘ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could never have anticipated   When the nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on April 10 2003 the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein he finds himself swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation and is tak On December 30 2006 Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity The rope in the title not only refers to the hanging rope from the execution but also the hanging rope for an entire country and people In this book we witness the breakdown of Irai government and society since that pivotal moment the corruption of the new puppet government the war against the Occupier America and the plethora of militant groups which numbered approximately 250 fighting among themselves Needless to say reading this was uite an experience since the other books I ve read of contemporary Ira were all taken from the perspective of American soldiers Now I understand so much better to how convoluted everything is in Ira and how people survive in the war zone Overall I enjoyed this for the uniue perspective The only reason for the 3 star rating is that the narrative often got bogged down with endless explanations of why the various Shia groups hate each other and seek deadly revenge Otherwise it is a worthy book for those interested in this topic

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Not until the last hour before the Tyrant’s execution is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle from Saddam Hussein himself   The Rope is both a powerful examination of the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal victimhood secrecy and loss and an enduring story about the haste with which identity is cobbled together and then undone Told with fearless honesty and searing intensity The Rope will haunt its readers long after they finish the final page From the Hardcover edition This book was interesting and made me even aware of how vague and simplistic my understanding of middle eastern politics is I feel like I would have gotten even from it if I had better knowledge of the different groups their relationship to each other and prominent figures in the areaas well as better basic knowledge of historical events But I was able to gain a lot from this regardless It was great at showing some emotional conflicts of the people and the precarious nature of politics in the area and it got across the feeling of general distrust of everyone friend or foeOf course as is the structure of these books like in Brave New World 1984 The Fat Years and so many others of this genre there is a lengthy exposition at the end in the last tenth of the novel This can tend to feel a bit like a heavy handed explain the plot lecture and the only reason this might not break your suspension of disbelief in the story is because the explanation is engrossing and enlightening about the dynamics of the world and it provides answers to previously mentioned uestions or mysterious happeningsAlthough I found the first part difficult to follow in places I got the gist of things and I actually like how it reminded me of my ignorance about this area of politics in such a way that made me want to go find out about the goings on of the middle eastern region in depth sooner rather than later I wouldn t say the characters are particularly complex They are what is necessary to tell the storyview spoiler the naive introspective do gooder and sometimes audience stand in the gung ho impulsive nationalist friend the cautious parent the shifty relative involved in all sorts of secret dealings the wise elder who fills in pieces of the puzzles the mysteriously absent parent embroiled in some government conspiracy whose character has perhaps been defamed hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Rope

  1. says:

    The Rope has turned out to be the kind of book I'll recommend that people read even if I didn't love it It begins with a deeply disturbing masterfully written scene of the execution of Saddam Hussein then backtracks to give

  2. says:

    A harrowing enlightening morally scathing novel that examines the time in Ira between Saddam Hussein’s downfall

  3. says:

    On December 30 2006 Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity The rope in the title not only refers to the hanging rope from the execution but also the hanging rope for an entire country and people In this book we witness the breakdown of Irai government and society since that pivotal moment the corruption of the new puppet government the war against the Occupier America and the plethora of militant groups which numbered app

  4. says:

    I had a bit of trouble keeping straight the various factions in the book Just remembering the differences of Shia and Sunni is difficult for some reason keeping straight three different Shia houses even so keeping straight all their leaders and their fathers especially when they are all referred to as Sayyid even so I thin

  5. says:

    As a straight novel The Rope does not stand on its own But given its historical importance uniue at least to Americans content and personal note at the end this novel deserves praise for its courage and accolades

  6. says:

    This book resoundingly fails as a novel but still manages to be worthwhile in a pedagogical sense for explaining the rivalries among different Irai Shia houses of scholarship Taking place in the years after the US invasion the book is narrated by an unnamed Irai militiaman who takes part in some of the signal events of this period The dialogue is risibly unrealistic the story drops threads that it fails to pick up later and none

  7. says:

    This book was interesting and made me even aware of how vague and simplistic my understanding of middle eastern politics is I feel like I would have gotten even from it if I had better knowledge of the different groups their relationship to each other and prominent figures in the areaas well as better basic knowledge of historica

  8. says:

    I agree with those reviewers who felt that this was a flawed novel but still very illuminating The protagonist is not entirely a consistent character and the other characters are very roughly sketched out mainly to serve a

  9. says:

    the pink army the full moon brigades can tell the writer did their homework on the Shi'ite perspective on the Occupiers o it's Ira there mightn't've been car bombs descriptors of a proper shite show a dress rehearsal for seven year

  10. says:

    You just can not stop reading it

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