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Publisher's Summary

Two cousins, devastated by a childhood prank, reunite 20 years later to renovate a castle in Eastern Europe. The fortress has a bloody history that stretches back hundreds of years. Amid extreme paranoia and eerie silence, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a third party - a prisoner, jailed for an unnamed crime - recounts an unforgettable story that brings the crimes of the past and present into stunning alignment.
©2006 Jennifer Egan (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America
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"A clever, quirky novel." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christie L Goodman on 08-17-08

Wish I could read it for the first time again

This novel is incredibly well written. Ms Egan has a wonderful way of describing a situation and the character's state of mind succinctly and with crystal clarity. This was one novel that I was happy to finish to see what happens, but was sad too because now it's over.

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4 out of 5 stars
By sgonk on 07-26-17

A dream, a nightmare, reality?

A fantastic story that plays with reality; don't read this if you are looking for a straight-forward plot. Read this to be excited, confused, concerned, and to be challenged. Egan's prose is, as usual, incredible and innovative.

While this book raises deeper questions, and does a decent job of exploring "what is real," my main reaction was enjoyment. This book is fun. (Not sure what that says about me...)


The narration is very good; two narrators are better than one!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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