We're All Men Here
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Visit Bahrain, Baghdad and the restored Babylon, walk through the Friday Souk, see the Kuwait Towers up close, sit for a while in the gardens of the Grand Mosque and spend time in a dark and inviting coffee house. Listen to Bloodshot Jim and the story of his loss, ride the night train with Major Adnan and his one thousand men and read an eyewitness account of cold-blooded murder. Meet Slippery Sam, The Arrow and The Platypus, Ned O'Brien and his bits of chalk, David the Waiter and Con the Monk, Big John Manzoni, Cassandra Franklin and Douglas Jay, Patrick 'The Omniscient One' Alexander and Nickel Ass and his colts. They're all here, the crafty and the open, the wise and silly, the pompous and the unassuming, the considerate and the careless, and John Flanagan's a born storyteller.
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Aug 25, 2009"We're All Men Here " We're All Men Here by John Flanagan 25.08.2007 Have just finished this exciting and informative book. The author's extensive expat experience is clearly evident. His considerable first hand knowledge of the Middle East combined with an expert grasp of politics and economics makes this a 'must read' book not only for expats but anyone with an interest in real life events. Very well written and I am looking forward to further offerings from this talented author.
Jul 29, 2009"We're All Men Here" I loved this book. It's written with sensitivity and wit. The author has rare insight into human nature and those difficult social situations encountered by those who have travelled outside their own culture. Rod McCormick
Dec 22, 2008"Re: We're all Men Here" I omitted to show a 6 Star rating with my review just posted!
May 15, 2008"We're All Men Here" What a great read! I'm an avid reader, two to three books a week, and this is the most enjoyable and entertaining book I've come across in the last six months. For me, three things stood out, the quality of the writing, the realness of the characters and the authenticity of the settings. The writing flowed so effortlessly it was a joy, and that degree of fluency is a rare skill nowadays. It was mature and compassionate, too, and with many moments of irony in the lines and between them. Every character was real, no cardboard cut-outs here, but flesh and blood people warts 'n' all, and they acted and spoke like real people do - this author has excellent eyes and ears. I spent several years in the Middle East working on various projects and all the settings in this book were familiar to me and totally authentic, and the people and episodes described were just right. I knew and worked with men like The Platypus, Clive Heath, Big John and the DGM, and... More > Flanagan brought them back to life again for me. And some of the episodes were hilarious, Ned O'Brien's presentation of credentials to The Platypus was a great laugh, the Vicar of Ahmadi's Christmas dinner was a real coup and when I came across the pompous Herbert, perfectly characterised in a few lines, I was sure he was a former colleague of mine! It's only been a week since I read the book but already I'm dipping into it again to re-live certain events and to enjoy the wonderful writing. As I said at the start, a great read and a memorable one. Top marks!< Less
Sep 21, 2007"We're All Men Here" I read this book while at work as a flight attendant traveling on planes all over the Americas. I often could not put the book down and almost forgot about my passengers. I have learned so much about initial hiring practices of sub-contractor companies doing business in the Middle East. I've had a marvelous introduction to expatriate life in Kuwait. I found the trials, tribulations, cross-cultural experiences and depictions of the various Saudi, Kuwaiti and assorted Arab sycophants to be spot on! Certain events and incidents brought back so many memories! I was either crying, laughing or thoroughly intrigued. The characters: I never met the "Platypus" but I sure know the type! The aide/mandub was so perfectly characterized! How many of these Levantines were there (are there) - keeping all of us organized and "in compliance"? Your direct reports (be they gay or straight) were perfect examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings,... More > cultural enlightenment, adapting to expatriate life, Bahrain adventures and experiences, and the wonders of life! The author!!!!!! The writing was superb! I found myself turning pages very fast because I was so absorbed in the events. The expository writing style makes the reader feel like he is a clandestine observer: watching, observing, learning... He manages to convey a true picture and feeling of expatriate life involving the reader as a willing participant without making the reader feel like he/she is an outsider but rather a part of the unfolding dramas . All in all - an EXCEPTIONAL job! Thom Sacco< Less
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- Standard Copyright License
- John Flanagan
- August 15, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.9 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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