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The terrorist of John Updike's title is eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three. Devoted to Allah and to the Qur'an as expounded by the imam of his neighborhood mosque, Ahmad feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping New Jersey factory town of New Prospect. Neither Jack Levy, his life-weary guidance counselor at Central High, nor Joryleen Grant, his seductive black classmate, succeeds in diverting Ahmad from what the Qur'an calls the Straight Path. Now driving a truck for a local Lebanese furniture store--a job arranged through his imam--Ahmad thinks he has discovered God's purpose for him. But to quote the Qur'an: Of those who plot, God is the best.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345493910
Branch Call Number: UPD
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 02, 2016

This book is Fantastic! Updike must've read the Quran as he quotes it freely throughout and, in fact, quotes it more than any source I have ever heard, read, listened to. Those attempting to defend Islam never seem to quote it which is odd I think.

Apr 30, 2015

Didn't like the writing style at all & the storyline was boring. Gave up after 1 & 1/2 chapters!

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