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Surprised and delighted by an old book,
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This review is from: The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars (Neversink) (Kindle Edition)
This book was a best-seller in the 1920's and 1930's, and made its author's reputation with international sales. Even Alan Furst, with his usual attention to detail in his novels about this period, has his characters reading this book.
It's worth reviving because it is fun to read! The characters are interestingly drawn, the plot -- which involves titled high society types from the US, England and other countries as well as nefarious Soviet characters -- has some delightful twists and turns, and the writing style is engaging, if more than a little over the top. It is a kind of neo-baroque which is hard to describe -- think Raymond Chandler meets Proust -- but fun to read.
Some books are the literary equivalent of gourmet meals, others of organic vegan style. This one, to borrow from Stephen King's description of his own work, is a Big Mac for the mind. You wouldn't want it all the time, but it's easy to see why even 90 years later it holds the reader's attention.
It's well worth reading.