Quick Note: House of Meetings

Although the blurb plays up the love triangle formed by the unnamed narrator, his brother Lev and the target of their love Zoya, it’s really about the brothers’ relationship over the decades.

Amis tries a bit too hard to express his own ideas about Russia through a well-read and world-weary narrator’s memoir allegedly addressed to his step-daughter (whose voice is expressed only in the footnotes explaining Russian names). The narrator, Lev, Zoya — their experiences sometimes appear to be just launching pads for wry, bleak ruminations on Russia’s sorrow-soaked self-destruction.


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