Running Through the Tall Grass: A Novel

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Robert Aron, an Algerian Jew fighting for his homeland, falls in love with Marie, a young Catholic girl, and incurs the wrath of his longtime comrade-in-arms, Jojo, a mercenary who is slowly descending into madness."

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A labor of love that has taken 30 years to complete, Running Through the Tall Grass, like Conrad's classic Heart of Darkness, offers a powerful study of the cruelty and obsession that lurk just beneath the surface of civilized men. Robert Aron, an Algerian Jew caught up in the savage fighting for his homeland, and his comrade-in-arms, Jojo, share a bond forged in the hellfires of war. But when Robert, weary of battle, falls in love with Marie, a young Catholic girl, and attempts to escape both his bloody past and Jojo's ever-tightening grip, he becomes the target of Jojo's deadly obsession.

Narrated in three parts, first by young Marie, then by the increasingly brutal and insane Jojo and finally by Robert himself, this powerful, compelling tale takes us from the burning city of Algiers to the south of France to the sweltering horrors of the Congo, as Robert flees Jojo and his band of mercenary cutthroats and tries to reunite with his beloved Marie. Lyrical, tense and hauntingly atmospheric, this brilliant debut combines rich historical detail with nerve-shattering adventure and sweeping passion to herald the arrival of a unique and masterful new literary voice.

About the Author:

Thomas Givon was raised in what was then Palestine and has been an infantry officer, martial arts instructor, molecular biologist, actor, horse trainer, and more. He is currently a professor of linguistics at the University of Oregon, but makes his permanent home on a ranch in Ignacio, CO.

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