The People's Act of Love: A Novel

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Canongate Books, Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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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Meek is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
The writing wasn't so wonderful, unfortunately. - Goodreads
Overall though--very intriguing plot. - Goodreads
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Great pace throughout. - Goodreads

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I picked up The People's Act Of Love in a charity shop expecting a probable three star read and was happily surprised to absolutely love the book! Although it is set in Siberia, this is my eighth ... Read full review

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The 'People's Act of Love' takes place in Siberia around the time of the Russian revolution and the fall of the Tsar. Religious extremists who believe in castration as a way to become angels, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

James Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. He has published two novels, Mcfarlane Boils The Sea and Drivetime, and two collections of short stories, Last Orders and, most recently, The Museum Of Doubt. He contributed to the acclaimed Rebel Inc anthologies The Children Of Albion Rovers and The Rovers Return.

He has worked as a newspaper reporter since 1985. He lived in the former Soviet Union from 1991 to 1999. He now lives in London, where he writes for the Guardian, and contributes to the London Review of Books and Granta. In 2004 his reporting from Iraq and about Guantanamo Bay won a number of British and international awards.

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