There were conjugal visits in the slave camps of the USSR. Valiant women would travel continental distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending a night with their particular enemy of the people, in the House of Meetings. The consequences of these liaisons were almost invariably tragic. House of Meetings is about one such liaison. It is a triangular romance: two brothers fall in love with the same girl, a nineteen-year-old Jewess, in Moscow, which is poised for massacre in the gap between the war and the death of Stalin. Both brothers are arrested, and their rivalry slowly complicates itself over a decade in the slave camp above the Arctic Circle.
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"HOUSE OF MEETINGS centers on a love triangle between two brothers in a Russian slave camp and Zoya, a sultry 19-year-old Jewess. Amis's novel is at times gripping and at times lifeless. Likewise, Jeff Woodman's narration is both superb and frustrating. He effectively paces the story, which is set in Stalinist Russia, and uses a Russian accent to add realism. In particular, Woodman's understated style contrasts vividly with the stark reality of life in a gulag. But surprisingly, Woodman's accent makes him sometimes sound more like comedian Yakov Smirnov than the book's anonymous narrator, a Red Army veteran and remorseless war criminal, leaving the listener to wonder when to expect a punch line. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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