©2005 James Meek; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
Winner of the Ondaatje prize, 2006
Winner of the Scottish Arts Council, Book of the Year Award, 2006.
"This original, literary page-turner succeeds both with its credible psychological detail and in its grandeur and sweep." (Publishers Weekly)
"Meek's novel deftly explores the erotic undercurrent of revolutionary violence....Remarkable...richly informed and imagined." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Inviting comparison with Greene, Conrad, and Dostoyevsky, this is stunning, masterful fiction." (Booklist)
A book of this calibre is a rare thing indeed. James Meek has tuned his writing skills to a very fine and unique pitch, and maintains it throughout. Every page is a work of art. Stunning.
This is not an easy book. The narrative is not one of those that pulls you along, rather its one that you need to work at - participate in. A highly stylised work(think classic Russian writting of the late 19th Century), it is a deeply descriptive journey into the heart and mind of a Russia on the cusp of great change. The characters are deeply memorable, the portrait of the land and its people vivid and loving. The narrator does an outstanding job.
May be appreciated by fans of Haruki Murakami.
"Might be a decent book....."
This narrator drove me crazy and I confess to not being able to finish more than an hour or two.
All the characters sounded the same, and he was not adept at instilling emotion. Read the book instead...
I had to erase the audiobook after listening to almost half of it with a great effort to stop myself from turning it off expecting the story to lift up.
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