How far, how cold

By Paula Morris In Uncategorized

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19th November, 2005
How that the Booker Prize, with its surprising snubs and predictable disappointments, is over for the year, it's time to venture into the long list, where British author James Meek's The People's Act of Love was inexplic-ably left to wallow. Don't be daunted by its stark cover or enigmatic title, by its Russian and Czech names, by the apparent Zhivago-ish largeness of its scope, by its often graphic violence, or by its cheery plot-points of self-mutilation and cannibalism. This is a fantastic novel - a big story set in a vast country, cinematic and gripping, with the kind of well-conceived ...

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