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E poetic originality” Boston Globe and “uncompromising vision” Colm Tóibín asks What after all can be preserved in the face of certain change and imminent death The answer is at once propulsive elegiac outrageous profane and transcendent and a profoundly moving meditation on what it means to live through war. The description of this book seemed so promising it s a story about the son of an undertaker who after his father s death is approached by the mysterious Hellfire Society an anti religious sect that arranges burials for those who have been denied them I was immediately intrigued and the first few chapters drew me in but then the book lost me completely I have no idea what I just finished reading Several years ago I read Hage s novel Cockroach for an English assignment I spent days working to understand it and I ended up uite enjoying it But I just don t have the time or energy to do that with this book It s a bit too bizarre and abstract for me to understand on the surface level and it s obvious to me that the underlying messages in this book went over my head Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an ARC of Beirut Hellfire Society in exchange for an honest review

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Beirut Hellfire Society

Sexuality Pavlov agrees to take up his father’s work for the society and over the course of the novel acts as survivor chronicler of his torn and fading community bearing witness to both its enduring rituals and its inevitable declineIn Beirut Hellfire Society award winning author Rawi Hage praised for his “fierc. I wanted so much from this bookIf you like needlessly explicit descriptions of eye rolling male fantasies a main character who does nothing and yet muses on about the world because he read a bit of philosophy years ago I feel like we all have someone like this in our life and a plot that goes no where well have I got a book for you

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After his undertaker father’s death laconic Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society an antireligious sect that among many rebellious and often salacious activities arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or. I am ambivalent about this book I thought the writing was great and the individual episodes describing the complexity of beliefs and attitudes as expressed by the many characters in this story was fascinating And the setting during the Lebanese civil war with the constant violence and threat of unexpected death due to bombings and gunfire was horrifyingI ve decided however Rawi Hage s work is not really for me This is the second book by him that I ve attempted and the only one I ve finished The book is really good but I don t think I m the right audience for his work


10 thoughts on “Beirut Hellfire Society

  1. says:

    A book about the randomness of whistling bombs destruction and death in 1978 Beirut A father tenderly guides his son Pavlov through the ceremonies of cremation for all those the state denies a burial in consecrated ground and those preferring a fire funeral They believe fire is a passage and a dance Its destruc

  2. says:

    Ahhh Rawi Hage He's just on another level This surpasses Cockroach as my favourite of his books caveat I've never read Deniro's Game I loved the endless ways he created to approach death violence family sex hate dance in this book

  3. says:

    I am ambivalent about this book I thought the writing was great and the individual episodes describing the complexity of beliefs and attitudes a

  4. says:

    Now the man told his son you're sixteen – old enough to become a member of the Society The Hellfire Society the father added He switched on the car radio and drove towards the coast and then up into the mountains of Lebano

  5. says:

    I was a big fan of Hage's DeNiro's Game and had high hopes for his new release While conceptually it was super intriguing Hage doesn't execute i

  6. says:

    I wanted so much from this bookIf you like needlessly explicit descriptions of eye rolling male fantasies a main character who does nothing and yet muses on about the world because he read a bit of philosophy years ago I feel like we all have someone like this in our life and a plot that goes no where well have I got a book for you

  7. says:

    The description of this book seemed so promising – it’s a story about the son of an undertaker who after his father’s death is approached by the mysterious Hellfire Society an anti religious sect that arranges burials for tho

  8. says:

    Taking place in the midst of the Lebanese civil war in the late ’70s Beirut Hellfire Society follows Pavlov the son of an undertaker After the sudden passing of his father Pavlov agrees to carry on his life’s work helping an under

  9. says:

    This review originally appeared in BookBrowse JournalIn Beirut Hellfire Society Rawi Hage creates a dance that is savage devastating

  10. says:

    For those who understand the civil war in Lebanon Rawi Hage's latest novel Beirut Hellfire Society brings very special meaning Its hero Pavlov is the antithesis of the sectarianism that destroyed one of the most progressive countrie

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