Mr Buchanan's Reviews > The People's Act of Love

The People's Act of Love by James Meek
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Oct 31, 09

Read in October, 2007

First things first. If you're really interested in buying this book, be careful which reviews you read. The plot of People's Act does pack one or two real sledgehammer surprises which are really best absorbed at the moment of their revelation. Suffice to say it steams through shivering Siberia at quite a pace, with its freight concealed till the very last. Even so, the charges of 'low browism' are well made. The pace of the novel does tend toward the cinematic and there is a certain mordant glee in the grisly twists. However, there's no escaping that the writing is wonderful - at times hallugenic in its precision. This is nowhere more true than in the apocalyptic vision of horses tumbling from a railway bridge in its opening scene. So if it's a little marketed at the holiday crowd, why not? For the truly high brow, you'll be hard pushed to compete with Dostoyevsky and co. That Meek, having read them in the original Russian, does not try is perhaps not an act of cynicism, but one of modesty.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The People's Act of Love.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.