Friday, March 13, 2009
House of Meetings - Martin Amis
I really don't have a lot to say about this novel. Narrated by an 80+ year old Russian man who is recounting his years in a Soviet Gulag (work camp). He is telling his life story in the form of a letter to his stepdaughter. He is traveling back to Siberia basically to die. The story is pretty much a sad weird love triangle between the narrator, his brother Lev and Zoya - the women they both love. The main character is a war criminal and talks about doing some awful things during his time as a soldier.
I can't say I liked the book. It was a short read - not easy though. For only 200 pages it took me 3 days to read. I don't think I like Martin Amis' style of writing. It was an interesting subject (I have never read about Soviet Russia before) but just didn't do it for me. Maybe I am not as literary as I thought.