Chilly…but outstandingly good

14 01 2006

Book front cover

Title:
The People's Act of Love
Author:
James Meek
ISBN:
1841956546
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

According to the blurb this was longlisted for the Booker in 2005. it really should have won or at least made the shortlist. This really is an outstanding novel – broad in scope, brilliant narrative, really horrifying in places (especially the nature of the act in the title) and wonderful characterisation.

The richness of this novel really lies in the compelling representation of post-WWI Russia and the utterly convincing accounts of the harsh realities of life for an abandoned Czech regiment and the descriptions of existence in a prison camp north of the Arctic circle. As for the religious cult…ouch.

First rate.

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