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House of Meetings by Martin Amis
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Apr 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: russia-and-friends
Read in April, 2008

A love triangle in which the hopes of the narrator to catch the vivacious young woman Zoya and the happiness of his half-brother, who does marry her, are shattered by the Soviet Union - the gulag, but also the war. The narrator is a war hero but a veteran of the rapist army, supposedly handsome at the start but inclined to violence and unlikable, able enough to survive the gulag and decades more in Russia and prosper, but unable to get more than a kiss from Zoya. His brother proves to be fairly strong but is destroyed by the gulag.
This can be a quick read, it's not long. It's blunt and too the point, although the narrator likes to throw in words that make you grab the dictionary, but are wonderfully precise. The style is good. It's a Russian novel by a novelist who's never been to Russia.
Not uplifting.
But worth the read if you think you're interested.

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