So another bookclub has come and gone and another one of my picks has kind of failed… well, actually, the bookclubbers all liked it, but not too many actually got to the end of it! The book was A Man Without Breath, by Philip Kerr which is essentially a crime novel, but is set in Germany and southern Russia during WWII.
When I read it, I liked that it was about a time and place where moral absolutes would get you killed and where sometimes there weren’t any “good guys”. But then, I know the history of the period so I understood the setting really well.
Most of the bookclubbers struggled to keep track of the big cast of names and to really understand / track what was going on.
It is a dense book and there is a slightly overwhelming range of characters, so some of that didn’t surprise me. I guess I was surprised that they found the plot bits confusing, but as any crit group will demonstrate… people get confused the less they have to hang their imaginings off.
I’m beginning to think everyone will groan quietly the next time one of my books comes out of the hat!