What Lot's Wife Saw
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"It 's been twenty-five years since the Overflow flooded Southern Europe, drowning Rome, Vienna and Istanbul, and turning Paris into a major port. At the Dead Sea, the earth has opened up to reveal a strange violet salt to which the world has become addicted, and a colony has been established by the mysterious Consortium of Seventy-Five to control the supply. Run by murderers, fugitives and liars, the Colony is a haven to those fleeing Europe especially the privileged Purple Stars . But when the governor of the Colony dies suddenly and mysteriously, the six officials turn on each other, sparking a terrifying chain of events which threatens the very existence of the Colony.
In Paris, Phileas Book, the greatest crossword compiler of his age and creator of the Epistleword, is recruited by the sinister Consortium. Presented with the epistolary confessions of the six, he is ordered to sift truth from lies to find out who killed the unpopular Governor Bera. But as Phileas starts to unravel the mystery, he begins to realise that these are no ordinary letters and that nothing less than the course of human history is at stake. "
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Well, the time came now when I stumbled upon the English edition of this book and I have to say that I’m still confused about it. Did I like it? I disliked it? I don’t know. I found the ideas of the author and the plot quite interesting, the world-building quite decent, the story multi-layered and parts of the book quite well-written… But still I was reading the book and it seemed like it will never get to finish!
I think some themes get too repetitive and the events described on the letters are too detailed, long-winded and slow-going while sometimes the voices of the six correspondents feel too much alike each other. Meanwhile the idea of the 3D crosswords is intriguing, but I guess my poor brain couldn’t grasp it properly.
The end of the book was clever as a concept and explanation but not very detailed or compeling. Generally speaking, I think this is a book that will stay with me for a while, but weirdly enough, simultaneously it didn’t touch me much. This is a rare case of a novel which I can’t quite decide what to think about it! 6½/10 ???