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This is not an easy book. The narrative is not one of those that pulls you along, rather its one that you need to work at - participate in. A highly stylised work(think classic Russian writting of the late 19th Century), it is a deeply descriptive journey into the heart and mind of a Russia on the cusp of great change. The characters are deeply memorable, the portrait of the land and its people vivid and loving. The narrator does an outstanding job.
May be appreciated by fans of Haruki Murakami.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This narrator drove me crazy and I confess to not being able to finish more than an hour or two.
All the characters sounded the same, and he was not adept at instilling emotion. Read the book instead...
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
A book of this calibre is a rare thing indeed. James Meek has tuned his writing skills to a very fine and unique pitch, and maintains it throughout. Every page is a work of art. Stunning.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful