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The Pearl of Kuwait

Tom Paine

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ISBN 10: 0151005184 / ISBN 13: 9780151005185
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
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Title: The Pearl of Kuwait

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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He's California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael, and his life is forever changed when he meets Private Tommy Trang at boot camp. Trang is not your typical American patriot--his mother was a Saigon prostitute, his father a dead U.S. marine, and Trang's heart soon belongs to a sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess trapped behind the lines when the Iraqis invade her country. Together, the two marines are ready to wave the American flag all the way to Baghdad, or at least into occupied Kuwait, to rescue Princess Lulu. During the exciting, moving, and often hilarious account of these two AWOL marines sneaking through the Iraqi lines, the mellow Carmichael gets to know the heart of Pvt. Tommy Trang, and discovers a new brand of patriotism that is gripping, contagious, and as deep as life itself.
A powerful first novel by an award-winning writer, The Pearl of Kuwait is Romeo and Juliet meets Lawrence of Arabia. Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and original story with the classic ingredients of love and war.

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"Tom Paine has written a rollicking, blistering, evocative novel of war and the search for inner peace. It catches the language of Americans at war in the Middle East in a jazzy style unlike anything else I've ever read. I found the narrative momentum of these AWOL adventures irresistible and entrancing. Paine is a gifted writer, with talent to burn, and The Pearl of Kuwait should find and delight a wide readership."
--Jay Parini, author of Robert Frost: A Life and Benjamin's Crossing

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"In each story, Paine deftly carries the reader to the point where accepted notions about what constitutes civilization suddenly seem absurd."--The New Yorker

"Refreshing and brave . . . Paine's is a sad and beautiful world."--The New York Times Book Review

"A striking panoply of voices and settings that nevertheless emanate from a singular, daring conscience . . . [Paine] is everywhere updating the 'superfluous man' (part Melville, part Conrad, part Mailer even): men and women groping for a clue of divinity in the form of even a qualified liberty."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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