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Peoples Act Of Love [Paperback]

James Meek
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Set in a time of great social upheaval, warfare, and terrorism, and against a stark, lawless Siberia at the end of the Russian Revolution, The People's Act of Love portrays the fragile coexistence of a beautiful, independent mother raising her son alone, a megalomaniac Czech captain and his restless regiment, and a mystical separatist Christian sect. When a mysterious, charismatic stranger trudges into their snowy village with a frighteningly outlandish story to tell, its balance is shaken to the core.

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5.0 out of 5 stars bleak, lovely, original. Jan. 2 2012
Format:Paperback
Originally read on a whim, this is a book I've returned to more than once and savored each time. It is suitably dark and unexpected and strange, as are all great books involving Russia, and the plot is compelling. It is not, however, hard or heavy work, as some of the classics can be, but is instead undeniably an excellent story, with absolutely masterful pacing (a crucial element of a great read, though often forgotten in rememberings and discussions of novels).

This is a love story about starvation and cannibalism, war and unnecessary exile, and castration as an act of religious fervor. And it is beautiful.
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