The People's Act of Love by James Meek

About the book

1919, Siberia . . .
Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under military rule, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. One night a stranger, Samarin, appears from the woods with a tale of escape from an Arctic prison, insisting a cannibal is on his trail. Only Anna, a beautiful young widow, trusts his story. When a local shaman is found dead suspicion and terror engulf the isolated community, which harbours a secret of its own . . .

Reviewed by  CC Readers Reading Group:

Good writing and descriptions. Some scenes and dialogue contrived. Opened up a little-known historical period. Vivid evocation of Siberia, the deep cold, fear, turmoil, the fragility of life. Not an easy read and some found it depressing. Perplexing. A re-read would be illuminating.

Star rating: ***

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1 thought on “The People's Act of Love by James Meek”

  1. Review by Anon Reading Group:
    Well written and graphic but quite depressing. Love being the cause of weakness is the issue and there is depiction of aggressive macho behaviour. The portrayal of time/place isn’t easily understood, but a good read.
    Star rating: ***

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