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Damascus Damascus succeeds in conveying a big hearted vision The Wall Street Journal At once gripping lucid and fierce Damascus is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contai

  • Title: Damascus
  • Author: Joshua Mohr
  • ISBN: 9780982684894
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Damascus By Joshua Mohr, Damascus succeeds in conveying a big hearted vision The Wall Street Journal At once gripping, lucid and fierce, Damascus is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contains the glints of real gold San Francisco ChronicleIt s 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco s Miss Damascus succeeds in conveying a big hearted vision The Wall Street Journal At once gripping, lucid and fierce, Damascus is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contains the glints of real gold San Francisco ChronicleIt s 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco s Mission District, becomes the unlikely setting for a showdown between the opposing sides.Tensions come to a boil when Owen, the bar s proprietor who has recently taken to wearing a Santa suit full time, agrees to host the joint s first and only art show by Sylvia Suture, an ambitious young artist who longs to take her act to the dramatic precipice of the high wire by nailing live fish to the walls as a political statement.An incredibly creative and fully rendered cast of characters orbit the bar There s No Eyebrows, a cancer patient who has come to the Mission to die anonymously Shambles, the patron saint of the hand job Revv, a lead singer who acts too much like a lead singer and Owen, donning his Santa costume to mask the most unfortunate birthmark imaginable.Damascus is the place where confusion and frustration run out of room to hide By gracefully tackling such complicated topics as cancer, Iraq, and issues of self esteem, Joshua Mohr has painted his most accomplished novel yet.Joshua Mohr is the San Francisco Chronicle best selling author of Some Things That Meant the World to Me and Termite Parade, a New York Times Book Review editors choice selection.

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    1. Rating 4 of five The Book Description It s 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco s Mission District, becomes the unlikely setting for a showdown between the opposing sides.Tensions come to a boil when Owen, the bar s proprietor who has recently taken to wearing a Santa suit full time, agrees to host the joint s first and only art show by Sylvia Suture, an ambitious young artist who longs to take her act to the dramatic precipice [...]

    2. A shining and stellar achievement for the good guys of literature I think a lot of immediate comparison for Mohr is going to be like, Bukowski meets whoever, or something but I think any of those comparisons would be sadly miscalculated Though maybe Bukowski on his better days, when he s put the bottle down for a minute to pet his cats There s grit, and chemicals, and PETA might cringe, but all of it s done with care and love and some serious understanding about the way our hearts work If you re [...]

    3. great little tale of san francisco bar owner owen and the world he has made he feels himself a failure but survives his own bad decisions and tries to at least keep his compassion, which maybe is one redeeming factor for folks, to take an interest and try to be nice the merry miserable cast that inhabit owen s bar, damascus, are typical neh drunk sad man dying of cancer, lovable irascible drunk lady, drunk slacker hero in waiting bartender, drunk bi painter, drunk insane war vets, drunk but norm [...]

    4. This review originally ran at The Nervous Breakdown Damascus Two Dollar Radio is a depressing, raw, and touching novel, the latest tale of lost misfits and depraved losers from Joshua Mohr Here we find Owen, the owner of the bar Damascus, who dresses as Santa Claus, a man with a birthmark under his nose that makes him look like a modern day Hitler There is a man dying of cancer, No Eyebrows, who simply wants to be touched There is Shambles, the jerk off queen, who is willing to do just that, her [...]

    5. Mohr s third effort centers on the regulars of the bar first introduced in his startling debut, Some Things That Meant the World to Me but that doesn t mean Mohr is repeating himself On the contrary Some Things features a first person narrator whose internal reality is depicted with a mastery rivaling Kesey s depiction of Chief Broom Here, the author s eye pulls out and brings us into the lives of various sordid characters whose lives intersect at the bar, Damascus When we first meet these chara [...]

    6. Mohr has a great affection for his characters He gives them inner lives that resonate off the page, making the reader want to know what happens to them after the story is done In particular, a terminal cancer sufferer s motivations are fully sympathetic even if his actions are somewhat incomprehensible, and the reader roots for this man in how he handles his affliction Mohr s father evidently succumbed to cancer, providing him with the first hand empathy to create this wonderful character and ho [...]

    7. Quite possibly the most perfect story I have ever read I m pretty sure this book was written for me and me alone I found it to be that good Mohr paints a picture of gritty characters getting by in the Mission district of San Francisco People are deranged, addicted, and drunk, but not without the craziest definitions of love between them Dirty, intense, awesome.

    8. If ever there was a need for the 4.5 rating this book was a pleasant surprise, I ended up really enjoying it a lot there were just a few quibbles here and there that kept it from perfection But, then again, maybe that s exactly the beauty of this book it isn t quite perfect and that makes it all the wonderful.Raging Biblioholism review bit jZwO6h

    9. Mohr goes a little heavy on the Tom Waits, but it s difficult to complain His writing is fluid, sensitive, and smart, and this is a really good book Highly recommended Excuse me, I must now read everything else he s done.

    10. good novel, I d simply say if you think you d like it based on description reviews that you probably will.

    11. The Mission District in San Francisco is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, and throughout its history it has served as one of the primary stepping stones for new immigrants to the Bay Area Spanish missionaries and wealthy Mexican ranchers displaced the Native American population in the mid 19th century, and they were followed by immigrants from Ireland, Germany and Poland in the early 20th century, people from Mexico and Latin America in the middle of the century, and Sout [...]

    12. Read 9 09 11 9 20 114 Stars Strongly RecommendedPgs 208Publisher Two Dollar Radio Damascus noun The road to Damascus is an image for a sudden turning point in a person s life.I am no stranger to San Franciscan author Joshua Mohr I read and adored his 2010 novel Termite Parade, dubbing it The Next Best Book hosted a week long interactive interview with him over at the TNBBC group and was beyond thrilled to kick off a brand new monthly short story feature on this very blog by premiering his unpubl [...]

    13. The myth of the non dysfunctional family may be a relic of the past, but isn t it interesting that when you take society s least functional people and put them together, they act just like a family That seems to be the premise behind Joshua Mohr s Damascus The novel, Mohr s third, is set in San Francisco s Mission District and takes its name from a dive bar owned by a man named Owen who brings cheer to his customers by wearing a Santa Claus suit to the bar every day.Sadly, the only cheer Owen s [...]

    14. An Edward Hopper painting or a David and David album transformed into novel form, with mixed results This book is filled with the walking wounded, the doomed, the dying, the barflys, the artists, the night people there is even the perfunctory whore with a heart of gold that reminds of Grandma Moses in Barfly Not much new can really be done with this subject matter, as the author as much as acknowledges in a nod to Bukowksi and Tom Waits So you need to be a hell of a writer to pull it off, and Mo [...]

    15. From the shock value opening, through the political centre, to the ending and cathartic climax, we travel on the road to Damascus witnessing each character s conversion, the microcosm of the dive bar standing in for the macrocosm of the wider world There is a lot of humanity in this story especially in the moving relationship between No Eyebrows and Shambles Initially defined by the ugliness of their respective fates, ultimately they are reborn and renamed as they seek redemption.With satirical [...]

    16. Mohr s latest book details the intersecting lives of a few rough and tumble characters whose paths converge at a dive bar in San Francisco s Mission District It s a novel that embodies the grit, uncertainty, and strength of desire that line real life Don t let the dark nature of the story be an obstacle, Mohr has a way of illuminating the heart of outwardly unsavory characters Just as his candid prose pulls readers into his writing, Mohr s genuine, warm manner will draw you in if you have a chan [...]

    17. 3 and 1 2 My pal Sara and Goodreader recommended this to me at a western Michigan whiskey distillery It was a quick read, as promised, and full of fun, slightly characterized character read Santa Claus suit bartender hiding a Hitlerstache My biggest problem with this little book is that it read like a radio play, with the omniscient narrator constantly ushering in and out scenes and dialogue than interior development Or maybe a play done duh in a bar Be a breeze to adapt

    18. Much grittier than his two prior books, I found myself immersed in the seediness One thing that always stands out with Mohr s characters, they are flawed, scarred physically, mentally , sometimes scary but somehow they always make sense to you I also enjoyed the war of the everyday, in the midst of a real war This isn t a glamorous, pretty read but if it were, I wouldn t have rated it so highly Different, seedy, gritty wonderful

    19. For years the place s floor, walls, and ceiling had been painted entirely black, but that afternoon the owner added a new element, smashing twenty mirrors and gluing the shards to the ceiling so the pieces shimmered like stars, transforming Damascus into a planetarium for drunkards dejected men and women stargazing from barstools When the first customer of the day walked in and witnessed the bar s broken mirror constellations, he said to the owner, There must be 10,000 years of bad luck hanging [...]

    20. I picked this up because Mohr just came out with a memoir that is getting good press, and I wanted to know him as a writer before reading that.Damascus is a bar owned by Owen, a drunk with a big heart and crusty exterior, who spends most of the time either sleeping on his pool table at night, or wearing a Santa suit, or sleeping on his pool table in his Santa suit The two story lines revolve around Shambles, a barfly who makes her drinking money giving apparently excellent handjobs in the bar ba [...]

    21. Book DamascusAuthor Joshua MohrPublished October 2011 by Two Dollar Radio, 224 pagesDate Read March 2012First Line Let s start this one when a cancer patient named No Eyebrows creeps into Damascus, a Mission District dive bar Genre Rating Literary fiction 4 5 live catfish nailed to paintings of dead American soldiers in a work of performance artReview Damascus is the seediest of the seedy People with nowhere to go end up in this bar It s the end of the line You don t go to Damascus to be hip you [...]

    22. My main beef with this novel is with some of the writing The narrative voice is too plain at times to tell a story with this setting and cast of characters The language structure is too removed from the same vibe as Damascus, it sounds like a true outsider than anything else, just somebody passing through who happens to know everything And that brings up my other problem the narrative is about telling than showing The narrator explains EVERYTHING through exposition and the like Mohr spells eve [...]

    23. Owen is the owner of Damascus, a bar in the Mission district of San Francisco It is a hole in the wall where people go to drink alone No Eyebrows is a stage 4 cancer patient who befriends Shambles, a drunk who gives hand jobs in the bathroom of Damascus to pay her bar tab Owen allows his niece s friend to install a controversial art show in Damascus that draws some unwanted attention and inspires a violent response The stories of Owen and the art show and Shambles s relationship with No Eyebrows [...]

    24. Maybe spoilers I picked up the book from a recommendation, and I had no information about it outside of what was written on the sleeve It seemed a little absurd and I thought it d be somewhat light hud, but I was completely off the mark Instead of a linear story line, we are bounced around different perspectives from different characters The story revolves around a bar called Damascus in the Mission district There is a singular event that the stories use as a focal point, but the message of this [...]

    25. I can t help but feel that this is Joshua Mohr s tightest book yet Once again we are back in the Mission district of San Francisco and the dive bar, Damascus, is the stage The characters we are introduced to run the alcoholic gambit, mostly with good intentions There are some heavy issues bandied about with this crew, stage 4 cancer, war vets, and a myriad of levels of low self esteem Sometimes the self esteem issues are the most brutal to read about And for all of these down and out topics, the [...]

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