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10 thoughts on “Cockroach

  1. says:

    An Arab immigrant as a Scheherazade to his Canadian therapist his wild Third world past as 1001 nights to a steril life of taxpaying TV watching and self fooling A compulsively stealing uite lazy sexually starving resentful loner with a suicidal tendency a special talent for metaphors and ability to turn himself willing

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    Seeing as immigration is an integral element of the Canadian landscape it should come as no surprise that authors might seek to dip into this

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    Disturbing Less of what I liked so much about his first in the way of sweeping poetic language to describe a world of hallucinogenic brutality and focused on an internal world of delusion trauma and sadness The central character here is a soul

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    Oh was I disappointed with this book?I hate it It's about all of the clichés that frame immigrants messed up psychotic sex addicts egocentric psychopaths thiefs hallucinating drunkies drug addicts filthy leechesI happen to know many Lebanese who are immigrants in Canada they have worked hard they're serious people they fled the war but they weren't psychotics who got turned on by their own sisters And they're not a threat or terr

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    Rawi Hage’s second novel Cockroach takes place during a frigid Montreal winter and details the picaresue adventures of an unnamed protagonist a recent immigrant from the Middle East and self professed thief who often envisions himself as a giant cockroach Hage is the recent winner of English literature’s rich

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    Cockroach is an engaging character thief suicidal obsessed with the underbelly of life hating his new homeland and the people who live in it why did he come I wanted to ask supposedly illiterate but wonderfully articulate and poetic especially when he runs off into stream of consciousness ramblings on the state of his mind and of the nationThere is also a trend in writing which I recently tried to address in

  7. says:

    Awesome and haunting and a spot on sense of Montreal portraits the eccentric landlady with fading aristocratic colors the exploitative bosses the hyper educated cab drivers The blur of fantasy reality across undergroundoverground story layer

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    Yes I completed the book yesterday afternoon and attended the discussion at the library last nightWe had a good turnout there than expected the weather being cold and wetFeelings on the book were mixed not so much around the table but within ourselves as individual members We all agreed on it being a good book in

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    What a fresh approach to dealing with issues of exile I had begun to despair that Arab writers could do it could w

  10. says:

    There is a lot packed into this book It is hard to separate my feelings for the main character and my feelings for the book The book is at its core about a marginalized immigrant who has a failed suicide attempt a

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Summary ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rawi Hage

Ged to attend sessions with a well intentioned but naive therapist This sets the story in motion leading us back to the narrator's violent childhood in a war torn country forward into his current life in the smoky emigre cafes where everyone has a tale and out into the frozen night time streets of Montreal where the thief survives on the edge imagin. Oh was I disappointed with this bookI hate it It s about all of the clich s that frame immigrants messed up psychotic sex addicts egocentric psychopaths thiefs hallucinating drunkies drug addicts filthy leechesI happen to know many Lebanese who are immigrants in Canada they have worked hard they re serious people they fled the war but they weren t psychotics who got turned on by their own sisters And they re not a threat or terrorists in the make what the hell is this author trying to say What is wrong with himThis book is why I don t read much Arabic books cheap pornographic shallow clich a sad excuse of a bookAnd was the writer trying to imitate Kafka s the Metamorphosis Just wonderingAfter I was half through I just had it with this book so I started skipping pages just to see how it endsAlso all of these political stereotypes about the civil war All used

Summary Cockroach

Cockroach

Cockroach is as urgent unsettling and brilliant as Rawi Hage's bestselling and critically acclaimed first book De Niro's GameThe novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal's restless immigrant community where a self described thief has just tried but failed to commit suicide Rescued against his will the narrator is obli. Disturbing Less of what I liked so much about his first in the way of sweeping poetic language to describe a world of hallucinogenic brutality and focused on an internal world of delusion trauma and sadness The central character here is a soul in great pain but the first two thirds of the novel don t plumb those depths except by inference The superficiality of the court assigned psychotherapist s intervention compared to the gradual revelation of what caused the cockroach s flight and descent into crime and mental breakdown is the framework for the central dramatic tension and I thought very effective But it takes a while to unfold and Hage s style I found here to be almost too complex for telling a personal story compared to providing overall atmospherescene setting as in De Niro s Game This is a tough read very intense and immersive and there s not a lot of relief

Summary ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rawi Hage

Ing himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged but wilfully blind citizens who surround himIn Cockroach was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize It won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction presented by the uebec Writers' Federation.. Awesome and haunting and a spot on sense of Montreal portraits the eccentric landlady with fading aristocratic colors the exploitative bosses the hyper educated cab drivers The blur of fantasy reality across undergroundoverground story layers really worked for me Highly recommended Also funny as hell