Having really loved Ammaniti's previous novels and novellas, I was really looking forward to this one. Many of the features of his style are here. Fluidity, humour, flawed characters... And I found myself enjoying all this again.
The premise of the novel this time, though, was less grounded in reality and without wishing to be a plot spoiler, there is a revelation that is pure random and that seems to link parts of the work tenuously. This is a work of imagination that would work well on the screen, rather than a deft unravelling of tension in the style of I'm Not Scared.
It's perhaps unfair to compare an author's works side by side as they attempt to achieve different objectives. I enjoyed reading this very much but, for my tastes, the storyline was too much to the leftfield with sudden introductions to be placed at the forefront of what Ammaniti has produced.
Arrived on time, good condition. Fairly lengthy read, amusing, bizarre, descriptive story involving a theme park type place with animals where stuff goes very wrong. Different to his other works, but still enjoyable
The back jacket warns that this book contains 'satanic cults, intoxicated supermodels, olympic athletes and man-eating hippos'. This warning should be taken seriously - it's a novel in which, unlike Ammaniti's other works, it's not possible really to suspend disbelief.
Against that background, the novel is undoubtedly fun. There are two strands, one concerning the leader of a struggling satanic cult who is looking for a way to make an impact, the other concerning a struggling novelist, looking among other things for an attractive woman to invite to his summer retreat and to find a way to get on with his next novel. Alternate chapters give the narratives (which eventually come together) - each has tremendous verve and comic flair.
I have preferred Steal You Away, I'm Not Scared, and Crossroads, however...