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This review is from: Snowdrops (Paperback)
I picked this up without reading the hype - sorry publicity! - and it is only now that I realise that this was nominated for the Man Booker Prize last year.
It is an interesting debut novel which features Nick Platt a Lawyer from Luton who ends up in Moscow and narrates his experiences there.
Snowdrops is the term used for dead bodies which emerge when the weather becomes warmer, and the snow melts, although this doesn't really have much bearing on the story IMO.
The story seems to be about a guy approaching middle age who gets sucked into the Mosocw way of life, or should I say the Moscow lowlife which, without sounding judgemental, is pretty much what you might expect.
So you are fed a diet of corruption, political shenanigans, prostitution and all that goes with this territory.
It's quite a deprerssing tale, but A.D.Miller uses his experience of Russia well and his descriptive narrative of Russia is extremely good.
It's not a long book so I raced through it but it was like a meal which offers much much but afterwards you feel slightly let down or unsatiated.
I knew what was going to happen well in advance of the final few chapters so it didn't fire my imagination.
Describing this would be a spoiler so I won't!
Oddly, given the above, I did enjoy this book but more from the perspective that it seemed like a "real" story and none of the characters were ridiculous apart maybe from the Cossack.
AD Miller has talent and it will be interesting to see what his next offering provides.