All Quiet on the Orient Express Paperback
by Magnus Mills
It is the end of the summer. The tourists have already gone, and now the sun is abandoning the Lake District's damp valleys.
Only a lone camper remains, enjoying the quiet. He plans to stay just long enough to prepare for a trip to the East.
But then the owner of the campsite asks him to paint a fence and he innocently obliges.
Soon other odd jobs pile up until little by little he becomes ensnared in the ominous 'out-of-season'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/05/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408813768
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Review by clfisha
I can see this book provoking either a joyous reaction or a rather bemused one. His books aren't for everyone and this book in particular seems to be pure concentrated Mills, which of course pleases me greatly. He is a genius at mixing everyday banalities with quiet menace, filled with dry dark humour, spot on observations of the Kafkaesque idiocy of working life. The everyday is made unsettling and shocking acts are made banal. So on the one hand this is simply a story about going on holiday to the British Lake District and never leaving, falling into the 'out of season' job trade, on the other - well read into it what you will.. every act and conversation has disturbing nuances and you are constantly on the edge waiting for the nasty shock. Mills writes very tight prose and no detail is left to chance; you will be wrapped up and transported into a world of darts matches, disappearing boats and the insidious repainting of everything to horrid repetitive green. Funny, unsettling and a pure joy to read, everyone should try at least one Mills book in their lives. I am not sure where I would recommend to start but this would not be a bad choice. Go on it will only take a few hours.. well maybe… maybe you will never be able to leave either..