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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Even in the era of glasnost a defector is worth having, especially if he is a senior computer specialist in Russian military intelligence. But when the defection goes wrong, the British are left with three bodies and two inadequate clues to the nature of the information they might have been offered, and which now lies buried somewhere in the collective memories of David Au Even in the era of glasnost a defector is worth having, especially if he is a senior computer specialist in Russian military intelligence.

But when the defection goes wrong, the British are left with three bodies and two inadequate clues to the nature of the information they might have been offered, and which now lies buried somewhere in the collective memories of David Audley and his one-time colleague Major Peter Richardson. But what is the secret Audley shares with the half-Italian Richardson, now frightened into hiding somewhere in Italy? For once David Audley has no idea and the race is on to find the elusive Major. But Audley's objective is fast being overtaken by modern political imperatives - ones very different from the black and white certainties of the old Cold War days.

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Community Reviews. Showing Although I found the writing a little uneven at times, this novel absorbed me in its ideas and its flawed but entirely human characters. It has given me much to think about - a rich reading experience.

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May 11, Felicity rated it really liked it. This author has a very philosophical style, without driving you crazy like Lionel Shriver does. A once positive memory when returned to, can be viewed in a different light with hindsight and newer knowledge. But they don't. And a marriage? You want it to be solid, you want it to be secure.

But it lumbers into the future on the back of its past; a past of castles, a past of straw Perhaps you hang on to the past even if it's painful because you don't have to be responsible for the future. Resentment, envy, jealousy, all these occupy a lot of space, no room to think, no opportunity to evaluate or reconsider. It's easier to cling to a lost past than throw yourself on life's uncertain winds. Sep 09, Kristin Henry rated it it was amazing. A book full of complex, flawed and driven characters. They are more talented, more dramatic, bigger than we are, but at the same time utterly recognisable.

For all their exceptional qualities, they feel love and pain the way we do. I loved the big ideas, the whole subject of memory — public and private — and of genius. The wonderful musical references made me determined to go back and make myself a list of every piece mentioned. I also loved the style of this book, the language, the long and winding road from the beginning of a sentence to the end.

I felt as though I was feasting on something expensive, and rare to the point of being endangered in a world of fast food. Jul 26, Di rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an odd book. It was very difficult to feel sympathy for the characters.

Nina, an expat returns to Australia to advise on a memorial project. This leads to lots of philosophical discussion about memory and memorials which I found rather tedious. Then there is her relationship with her erstwhile husband Daniel, the love of her life who has just traded her in on a younger model. Meanwhile in Australia, her sister Zoe is unhappily married but obsessed with her childhood sweetheart and music This was an odd book.

Meanwhile in Australia, her sister Zoe is unhappily married but obsessed with her childhood sweetheart and musical prodigy Ramsay. Who is somewhere on the autism spectrum. He treats her like shit unless it suits him and is oblivious to her feelings.

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The wierd bunch of unappealing characters is completed by Zoe's husband Eliot who has an affair with a random Koorie woman that he picks up in the park. If it were not for bookclub, I don't think I would have bothered. Sep 05, Nerissa Keay rated it it was ok. This book is about the impact of the past; how we process memory. However each of the characters in this book seem to be defined by a single event, and for a ridiculous amount of time.

For the minor characters this is their relationship with musical prodigy who demands their devotion. I would have thought that twenty years would have allowed them to move on, see him for who he is and find other interests. The main character's heartache over the departure of her husband with his new lover This book is about the impact of the past; how we process memory. The main character's heartache over the departure of her husband with his new lover, is more realistic. But this book doesnt really deal with how she might forgive or forget a catastrophic event like that.

Characters in this book lack complexity, and while its themes are interesting, it is ultimately flat, too neat and very disappointing. Jan 27, MFC rated it liked it Shelves: australian-authours. Enjoyable, a good relationship study even though some of the characters were annoying. Refreshing in that it was actually somewhat unpredictable liked that her job was a 'monument' expert - hadn't really thought of that as a business before. Her impressions of returning to Australia after living overseas were interesting.

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Some good lines "She searched for useless facts on line; she spent hours on Facebook; she read blogs - trivial, interesting, proselytising, it didn't matter; she set up h Enjoyable, a good relationship study even though some of the characters were annoying. Some good lines "She searched for useless facts on line; she spent hours on Facebook; she read blogs - trivial, interesting, proselytising, it didn't matter; she set up home in YouTube, anything to use up time and stifle thought.


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Sep 05, Celia Dann rated it it was amazing. This book is an excellent read - rich in characterisation and ideas. One of the lead characters, Nina, is a memorial consultant. Relationships, the nature of memory, how it serves our lives, as well as the significance of public memorials themselves, are some of the novel's intriguing themes.

Dec 26, Glenda rated it really liked it. Intrigued as I had become aware of this book from a fellow traveller whilst spending 3 days the monument city of Washington DC and on return to Melbourne became aware of monuments significance and how we interpret them, their personal effect on oneself and how it captivates one to explore more about a significant person event in history.

The theme of futility and interpersonal relations with narcissists has enlightened me. I like to see flaws in characters and to leave us wondering, books don't Intrigued as I had become aware of this book from a fellow traveller whilst spending 3 days the monument city of Washington DC and on return to Melbourne became aware of monuments significance and how we interpret them, their personal effect on oneself and how it captivates one to explore more about a significant person event in history.

I like to see flaws in characters and to leave us wondering, books don't always have to close with Happy Endings, life is more complex than that. May 01, BirnitaB rated it really liked it Shelves: book-club At first I was slow getting into this book, but as I continued I was drawn into the characters and their lives and complex emotions.

Nina's marriage seems so good at first but it crumbles shockingly fast, while her sister maintains a veneer of a good partnership yet her marriage is deeply flawed, as is she. If you like Ian McEwan you At first I was slow getting into this book, but as I continued I was drawn into the characters and their lives and complex emotions. If you like Ian McEwan you will enjoy this writer as well.

Jan 21, Jill rated it really liked it.


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  • A thought provoking examination of memory, personal and social. Always engaging. I really enjoyed this book. Memory is pulled apart, is it always accurate? The author explores all of this and more. I doubt there would be a reader who does not question the impact of the memories they hold and the extent of their validity. On a social memory scale, would there be wars A thought provoking examination of memory, personal and social.

    On a social memory scale, would there be wars if we could forget the past? Now that is a thought provoker.. Jun 18, Pauleen rated it really liked it Shelves: my-ebooks. This is a book I will need time to digest. The characters were interesting and believable but by the end of the story I just wasn't sure what had truly been achieved in the story-line Thought-provoking about memorials and monuments - one of my own favourites is the Irish Famine Orphans' in Sydney, and as with the one Nina mentions in Paris, it is the writing of the names that is evocative. Nov 24, Ivan rated it liked it Shelves: adult-fiction.

    Firstly, this is not my usual type of book. So I may be rating it a bit lower than is fair, just because it is not a type of story I normally enjoy. Nevertheless, this book does have some interesting characters and a plot with enough depth that I found it worth completing. I think as a story of love and loss and divorce and bad marriages, it is strong and quite intriguing. However, it was let down a little by an ending that just seemed a bit too tidy and hastily arrived at.

    Mar 14, Rom Caitlin rated it liked it. The characters are very well written. It's nice to read such intelligent characters debating interesting topics and offering interesting insights. I enjoy the inner monologues of these characters. I'd have given it 4 stars but I thought the ending was a bit of a cop out.

    It didn't seem like an artistic open ending, more just a case of she didn't want to have to decide what their final fate would be. Dec 02, Teena rated it really liked it. It took me a while to get into this book, mainly because I was only reading in bed. This needs a concerted effort to be read in a reasonable time. It gathered speed until I was desperate to know what would happen.