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Antwerp

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
“Whether Antwerp is a literate thriller or thrilling literature or—most likely—a combination of both, among other things it’s an irresistible meditation on the movies and all the memories and madness they evoke and inspire. Nicholas Royle is a novelist for our time.”—Steve Erickson

An independent US director, Johnny Vos, is making a low-budget biopic about the Belgian surre
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Serpent's Tail (first published 2004)
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Martine
Jan 24, 2008 Martine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: art and film lovers
An American film director goes to Antwerp, Belgium, to make a low-budget biopic about the Belgian surrealist painter Paul Delvaux. While he is shooting his film, two of his extras (both prostitutes) go missing. A few days later their lifeless bodies turn up accompanied by video tapes of two obscure Belgian films. Meanwhile, a British film critic is in town to interview the American director, only to get sucked into the hunt for the murderer when his own girlfriend goes missing.

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Adam Nevill
Dec 24, 2014 Adam Nevill rated it really liked it
Really effective conjuring of Flemmish Belgium and noir European cinema around a curious serial killer plot. Most intrigued again by the mysterious widow from the same author's Director's Cut.
Rob
Jan 29, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it
I first came across Royle at a book launch for a short stort story collection based on the 1998 World Cup in France and then very much enjoyed his contributions to the Time Out Books of London walks. I thought, therefore, that I would investigate his own full length fiction - and I as far from disappointed. I think he's a really underrated writer and this is a well researched, gripping and at times stomach churning, portrait of a fascinating city. Perhaps Royle's generally cheery demeanour and ...more
Tash Berbank
Dec 23, 2012 Tash Berbank rated it it was ok
Sadly, I felt this book was rather pretentious with all the name dropping and references to art and Belgium. As I understand, Royle's intentions were to highlight the success of Belgians, however, that's not why I picked the book up.
I found it quite hard to get into the rhythm of this book, there are so many changes in perspective from first to third to second I felt somewhat delirious. The book was a struggle, and I found myself looking forward to the blank pages between chapters. A shame real
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Iris
Aug 06, 2011 Iris rated it it was ok
It follows its title's suggestion: the diamond trade, life inside the red light district, and plenty more from Antwerp's infamous underground... Despite its frustrating slow start, it makes for a good travel (or subway) reading. (The book's potential for a first rate thriller was undermined by the author's annoying (!) and distracting efforts to impress the reader with his notebook knowledge of North European Lowlands geography and B-movie database.)
Miranda
Dec 29, 2010 Miranda rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
The locations and background details of this unrelentingly bleak murder mystery were very well researched and vividly presented however the unsympathetic characters and what felt to me like very strange pacing left this an ultimately unsatisfying novel.
Kevin
Jul 27, 2012 Kevin rated it it was ok


What would have been an OK book (3. Stars), was for me spoiled by what I thought was a very weak ending. Sorry if I've marred the enjoyment of anyone currently reading this.
Alison
Aug 22, 2013 Alison rated it it was ok
This was my "on holiday in Belgium" book. I enjoyed reading about Antwerp when we were staying quite close but found it quite bleak and it seemed to peter out rather than finish.
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It was very weird. But I did learn a little bit about diamonds, lol.
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Nicholas Royle is the author of seven novels, two novellas and a short story collection. He has edited sixteen anthologies of short stories. A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chapbooks. He works as a fiction reviewer for The ...more
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