Sunday, March 1, 2009

Terrorist by John Updike - A Book Review

I have to say that Updike is one of those authors that many have told me that I should read, but I never have. I just couldn't get into his Rabbit character, but when I came across this book, I was oddly attracted to it. I wasn't sure what it was going to be about. I mean, I realized that it was about a "terrorist" but I was also savy enough to know that it just couldn't be that straightforward. I was so right.

This book was extremely well written, in that it made me see things from so many different perspectives, especially those that I didn't want to see. Ahmad, the "terrorist", is actually very appealling as a character. It is easy to understand his intense search for God when one considers his surroundings and influences. That is not to say that I ever find acts of terror to be excusable, just that I found him to be a more appealling character than I originally thought. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was rooting for Ahmad to be saved at the end of the story, and without giving it away, all I can say is that sometimes we make the right decision and loose our soul in the process. Updike definitely gives food for thought.

I have a goal to read 100 books this year. This one was number six. You can expect to see more book reviews here, and if you ever post reviews, please link them here. I am always looking for a good book to read!


Moonaroo said...

Thanks so much for your review of this book. I have read several of John Updike's books in the past and have found that I have no sympathy or endearment whatsoever for the wayward, cheating, middle-aged male. I had heard that his "regular" readers didn't really like this book. Since I didn't like the other books of his that I read, I think that I will like this one as you did. It is on my list.

snowflake said...

It's difficult still, but it does make you question your own perceptions and I like that in a book. You need to start doing reviews on your blog too! Now that I'm not on the Cafe, I don't know what you are reading. Did you finish A Lion Among Men?