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Book Review: ‘Dark At The Crossing’ Lacks Heart - Irish Film Critic
Haris Abadi, an Arab American, seeks to cross the border from Turkey into Syria to fight in the Free Syrian Army. Elliot Ackerman’s second novel, ‘Dark At The Crossing,’ is a dark tale of life in the Middle east, a life completely unfamiliar to Americans. Of course, this is the purpose of the novel, to show the grass on the other side; to create an empathy for people Americans have a hard time empathizing with. This short novel, just 237 pages, somewhat succeeds in its mission to create insight but fails to motivate the audience’s heart. While this story is well told, several elements are missing, which we will get into, but first, let me tell you what the …