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By Craig on 22-01-14
Lost in a Sea of Symbolic Characters
The premise of this book is excellent; a Christian, Jew and Muslim play poker for twelve years to determine who gains control over Jerusalem. Where the plot lost me was the digressions into the extended metaphorical references to various historical villains whom have vied for control over the Middle East, but failed miserably. Perhaps it is the writer's former CIA cynicism rearing its head when he falls back on prurient cliche' to make his point that the French are inept theives (and pederasts), the Arabs are ignorant sodomites, and the Jews are clever business hands who take control of the world's riches by guile and ruthlessness. This is all silly type casting for an audience of former spooks and expatriates who drink Johnny Walker Red Label in smokey Third World bars under false identification papers that identify them as trade representatives (when you know that they all work for the "Company").
The author presents long digressions into the mundane minutia regarding the lives of minor characters only to tell us (after 30 minutes) that some tangential relation to the minor character is, in fact, a major player in the plot. Except, after falling asleep during the digression we no longer care about the tangential and irrelevant connections the author attempts to make to the overall story.
This could have been great literature with some decent editing. Alas, the author died at the height of his writing career before anyone took him serious enough to say, "Hey Edward, you need to say more by saying less."
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By sharon on 29-11-17
I've tried but just cannot listen to this one
What disappointed you about Jerusalem Poker?
The story was boring, did not hold my interest. I tried to return to it several times but it just lost me over and over again.
What was most disappointing about Edward Whittemore’s story?
What didn’t you like about Fleet Cooper’s performance?
I don't know if it was the story of the performer that lost my interest. I must assume it was both.
What character would you cut from Jerusalem Poker?
Just delete the whole book; if you are thinking about buying this one DON'T
Any additional comments?
I suggest removing from Audible so others don't get sucked in.