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  1. The Zone of Interest
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  2. The Zone of Interest

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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.

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I got on the train and expected a wizard and a king. Even on the ramp as they lied, I wanted to believe. Then finally I gave in...

This story is, as you probably have found out by now, a story that takes place in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany during World War 2. It deals with very difficult subject mater and handles it very well. The Amazon description calls it a love story. Maybe it is, but I didn't see it as one. It is a lot more, and a lot of other things as well. I found it to be a testimony to a very dark time, a mystery, a story of friendship, and of madness. A tale of bravery and of insanity, of hope in a hopeless place. I found it disturbing and unbelievable, maddening and frightening.

I ended up really liking this book. It is dark and disturbing and unlike any story I have ever read. It takes work to keep up with all the German names and ranks of the characters but that effort is worth it. It also takes effort to keep up with the plot as three... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) How does an author - who was not alive at the time - write about arguably mankind's darkest and most evil moment? Does he write in hushed whispers or clear outrage? Or does he accept the absurdity and senselessness of the Holocaust and use his art to convey that illogicality?

Martin Amis has chosen the latter route. Let me first say that the publicist's blurb has done the book a huge disservice: "The Zone is Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting." Or at least, not really. The story is less about love than it is about the death of the collective souls of virtually everyone involved: "the malefactors, the collaborators, the witnesses, the conspirators, the outright martyrs...and even the minor obstructors. We all discovered, or helplessly revealed, who we were."

Martin Amis utilizes three main narrators: Golo Thomsen, the nephew of Martin Bormann, a real-life prominent Nazi official and private secretary to... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I'm having a hard time working out how I really feel about Martin Amis's new novel, but I don't think that's necessarily a negative thing. He's always been a favorite of mine and you never quite know what to expect from him. Invariably, his writing (and the man himself) courts controversy, and no doubt The Zone of Interest will continue that trend.

The Zone of Interest purports to be a love story told within the confines of a concentration camp. The story is told from the perspective of three protagonists: Golo Thomsen, who I think is a civilian or holds no great command at the camp (he's apparently the cousin of Hitler's secretary, Martin Bormann); Paul Doll, a commander at the camp, whose wife Hannah is lusted after by Golo (and therein lies the main thrust of this 'romantic' novel); and finally Szmul, a Jewish 'sonderkommando' whose tragic job is to move people to the gas chambers and clean up after them.

Of course, any romance within such a grim place will be... Read more
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