All Quiet on the Orient Express
First edition (UK)
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All Quiet on the Orient Express is the second novel by Booker shortlisted author Magnus Mills, published in 1999. As with his first novel it is a tragi-comedy with an unnamed narrator dealing with apparently simple but increasingly sinister situations.
The narrator is spending a few weeks camping in the Lake District before setting out on a motorcycle trip to India. He agrees to help the campsite owner, Tom Parker by performing a simple chore, painting a gate but one thing inexorably leads to another and he finds himself drawn in to a succession of disparate tasks, each more complex and time-consuming and from which there appears to be no escape...
- The Complete Review's assessment was "not entirely credible, but enjoyable and creepy", all reviews "enjoyed it, and some are very enthusiastic":
- Carey Harrison in the San Francisco Chronicle comments 'It's not out of idle amusement that the sweetly fiendish author has named his book All Quiet on the Orient Express This marriage of famous titles hides from view (yet points to) its dark, telling twin: Murder on the Western Front. Not since Kafka has an author lured his audience so innocently, so beguilingly, into hell.'
- Nanja Labi in Time writes 'In this creepy, deadpan novel by a nominee for Britain's Booker Prize, nothing much happens—except that one man slowly, painlessly, surrenders his life.'
- Brian Evenson compares it favourably with his first novel: 'The characters are similar, the style and tone are quite similar, and both make wry but dark commentary on the dilemma of working men. Yet one must acknowledge that the range of All Quiet on the Orient Express is larger; Mills develops the absurdity of this situation with more subtlety and precision.
- 1999, UK, Flamingo, ISBN 0-00-225906-0, Pub date 20 Sep 1999, Paperback
- 1999, US, Arcade, ISBN 1-55970-495-0, Hardback
- 2000, US, Touchstone, ISBN 0-684-87168-8, Pub date 01 Oct 2000, Paperback
- 2000, Canada, HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-655185-8, Paperback
- 2004, UK, Harper Perennial, ISBN 0-00-717740-2, Pub date 15 Mar 2004, Paperback
- 2011, UK, Bloomsbury, ISBN 1-4088-1376-9, Pub date 16 May 2011, Paperback
- 2013, US, Arcade, ISBN 1-61145-811-0, Pub date 09 May 2013, Paperback
- The Complete Review Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Lake District Holiday Is No Picnic - SFGate - Carey Harrison Published 4:00 a.m., Sunday, September 5, 1999
- Books: All Quiet On The Orient Express - TIME By Nadya Labi Monday, Oct. 18, 1999
- Vol. XX, #1 Bradford Morrow Review of Contemporary Fiction Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- www.fantasticfiction.co.uk Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- All-Quiet-on-the-Orient-Express - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - NYTimes.com Retrieved 2012-11-10.
- Work « idiotlamp Retrieved 2012-11-10.