From one of England's most renowned authors, an unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life - and, shockingly, love - in a concentration camp.
Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favorite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul - it showed you who you really were.
The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look at it. The courtiers couldn't look at it. A chestful of treasure was offered to anyone who could look at it for 60 seconds without turning away. And no one could. The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.
©2014 Martin Amis (P)2014 W. F. Howes
This is an important book on the secondary damages of man's inhumanity to man -- on its perpetrators, bystanders and antagonists. I would like to read this even though I have just listened to it. I would like to stop and re-read passages and translate some of the German passages and phrases. I am a different person than I was a few days ago before experiencing this book.
I loved Martin Amis's "Money," but I've been disappointed by his other works because they fell short of it. For my money, "The Zone of Interest" puts Amis back on top. It spins a heartbreaking story of a Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of three denizens: 1) a young, cynical, Nazi aristocrat; 2) a pathetic Jew who was forced to act as an overseer; and 3) the camp's savage and sociopathic commander. Throughout, Amis uses his sophisticated, lapidary, English style. To make things even better, Sean Barrett does spot-on characterizations . His character portrayals are so distinct you could skip to any part of the book and immediately recognize who is talking. My prediction is this novel will withstand the test of time. Money well spent!
A haunting story of well developed characters running a concentration camp. It really captured the German national psyche under the Nazis.
This novel tells a story of Auschwitz is well-narrated with strong characterizations of the book's three narrators. In this way, a listener really feels like the three voices are different and the story proceeds. It is not all gripping as a story--I found the ending a bit clumsy--but it is well done on the whole.
The ability to understand what was supposed to be audible. It was impossible to follow the story because of the voice. The addition of the interjection of German was absurd
Yes. I have reared and listened to his books and for the most part found them interesting
Could not follow or understand, voice garbled and irratic
None - I know the WWII issues well.
Very sorry I ordered this book.
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