11 December 2012

House of Meetings; Martin Amis

House of MeetingsHouse of Meetings by Martin Amis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I did try! But the writing and the character just didn't match, which made it difficult to believe in the world that Amis was trying to create.

What I mean is, when your protagonist is a Russian emigree, a former prisoner in Stalin's gulags, you don't expect writing that throws a classical education in your face. Amis does that here, and it just doesn't work. The horrors of the gulag, the mystery of what happened in the House of Meetings and how that affects the future are all interesting, but it didn't matter. The book sounds as though it's set in England, with Oxbridge speakers, despite the setting.

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