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Possibly the best book of th 20th Century after Ulysses,
By A Customer
This review is from: Pompey (Paperback)
This book redefines most people's idea of a novel. It's so brilliantly written that you have to revisit it several times to get the whole meaning. I'll try to do a basic plot summary - this is Meades' theory of how AIDS hit the Western world. His theories are pin-sharp and, unless you're a well-trained epidemiologist, totally believable (though even now I think he might be right). He manages to combine true facts with fiction in such a seamless way that you have now idea what is fact and what is fiction. In the basest sense, the book is about a seriously dysfunctional family and their equally dysfunctional progeny, but the way the thing is written makes you think that it's all TRUE.
In summary, this is the book I would take to a desert island (actually, I've already done this, and it pisses on The Beach). Along with Ulysses (James Joyce). I never thought that a contemporary writer would equal Ulysses in this century, but I think that Mr Meades has done it. Absolutely superb. However, as in real life, some of the things in the book can turn your stomach. Several times over.