Haunted by the death of Linda, his photographer wife, in Beirut, he sometimes doubts whether he has the temperament to survive it.
Meanwhile, Alija is haunted by the destruction of her family. Jay finds comfort with Alija, speaking the language of compassion, the nights of weariness and liquor quietly nudging them both together.
Fleishman intersperses number of characters into their journey, including a guerrilla-style freedom fighter and a spy who works for American intelligence, steadily building the myth of the Dateman into a frightening and brutal reality. Before they can even recognize it, a new and far more brutal kind of danger has closed around Jay, Brian and Alija. The inner life of all of them was painstakingly inscribed on a series of index cards or Windows Word Perfect files before the first sentence was ever written.
This book is only pages long, though it feels three times the length. But at least they could write in coherent sentences and, in the cases of Leon Uris, Irving Wallace and John Hersey, tell crackerjack stories. Fleishman on the terror attacks of Sept. Fleishman wants to tell. War correspondents, in their cups, like to imagine they are tortured souls rather than privileged little boys having the time of their lives.
Fleishman, who is currently serving as the Cairo bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times , writes in a telegraphic, staccato style, reminiscent of Hemingway and well suited to the stark realities he depicts. There was a problem adding your email address.
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