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Amis's main achievement is his depiction of the cruel realities of the Soviet gulags. Drawing heavily on his research for Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million, his half-history/half-memoir of political imprisonment and industrial-scale killing in Soviet Russia, Amis has created his own Animal Farm--without metaphors to mask the blood, filth, and death of the camps. Amis vividly recreates the social structure of gulag life, as the inmates and guards sort themselves into distinct hierarchies and stations in their struggles to survive the rigors of the gulag. Here The House of Meetings may accomplish what Amis had intended for the unfocused Koba: to cast a searing light on an often overlooked episode of 20th century inhumanity and mass murder. --Jon Foro
One of Martin Amis's best novels, for certain.
House of Meetings contains much gripping material, especially in the first half that focuses on life in the Gulag, but I found the characters not too credible.
It's like one of those massive Russian novels compacted into a brisk 240 pages; imagine Dostoevsky crossed with Nabokov.
I love books about Russian history, and I've been trying to read more "modern classic" authors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Irishgal
The first Martin Amis book I read was Koba the Dread, which was a non-fiction account about Stalin and the gulags. A fantastic and disturbing book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JBS
There were conjugal visits in the slave camps of the USSR. Valiant women would travel continental distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending a... Read more
House of Meetings, the 2006 novel by Martin Amis, is a first-person memoir written to Venus, the step-daughter of the unnamed author, in the year 2004 while he travels from America... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Solly
After the first track of this audio book, I was puzzled. The narrator was using a fake russian accent. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Felix Pryor
A bloated, convoluted story of a sociopathic Red Army vet doing a mental balance of his wasted life and love, with the background of forever decaying (according to Amis) Russia. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by a reader
The House of Meetings is a narrative delivered as a long letter from an unnamed narrator, an 86-year-old Russian man, to his step-daughter Venus, living in Chicago. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by V. N. Alexander
Hey, I'm a huge fan of Amis..."Time's Arrow" is one of my absolute favorites. That being said, personally the story lost me a little after the brothers achieved "freedom. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Matt R. Oscarson
Wow! Oh, wow!
That is all I could say for a while.
That's all I can say even now.
What a magnificent piece of literature. Read more