- By Nicholas Royle

Antwerp

  • Title: Antwerp
  • Author: Nicholas Royle
  • ISBN: 9781852427856
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Antwerp Whether Antwerp is a literate thriller or thrilling literature or most likely a combination of both among other things it s an irresistible meditation on the movies and all the memories and madness t

    Whether Antwerp is a literate thriller or thrilling literature or most likely a combination of both, among other things it s an irresistible meditation on the movies and all the memories and madness they evoke and inspire Nicholas Royle is a novelist for our time Steve EricksonAn independent US director, Johnny Vos, is making a low budget biopic about the Belgian surre Whether Antwerp is a literate thriller or thrilling literature or most likely a combination of both, among other things it s an irresistible meditation on the movies and all the memories and madness they evoke and inspire Nicholas Royle is a novelist for our time Steve EricksonAn independent US director, Johnny Vos, is making a low budget biopic about the Belgian surrealist artist Paul Delvaux When two prostitutes end up murdered, English film critic Frank Warner, in town to interview Vos, turns investigative journalist and becomes personally involved when his own girlfriend goes missing.Macabre and erotic, Antwerp is an exceptional literary thriller.Nicholas Royle was born in 1963 in Manchester, England, where he now lives He is the author of four novels, including The Director s Cut.

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    1. An American film director goes to Antwerp, Belgium, to make a low-budget biopic about the Belgian surrealist painter Paul Delvaux. While he is shooting his film, two of his extras (both prostitutes) go missing. A few days later their lifeless bodies turn up accompanied by video tapes of two obscure Belgian films. Meanwhile, a British film critic is in town to interview the American director, only to get sucked into the hunt for the murderer when his own girlfriend goes missing.That, in a nutshel [...]

    2. Really effective conjuring of Flemmish Belgium and noir European cinema around a curious serial killer plot. Most intrigued again by the mysterious widow from the same author's Director's Cut.

    3. I first came across Royle at a book launch for a short stort story collection based on the 1998 World Cup in France and then very much enjoyed his contributions to the Time Out Books of London walks. I thought, therefore, that I would investigate his own full length fiction - and I as far from disappointed. I think he's a really underrated writer and this is a well researched, gripping and at times stomach churning, portrait of a fascinating city. Perhaps Royle's generally cheery demeanour and s [...]

    4. Sadly, I felt this book was rather pretentious with all the name dropping and references to art and Belgium. As I understand, Royle's intentions were to highlight the success of Belgians, however, that's not why I picked the book up. I found it quite hard to get into the rhythm of this book, there are so many changes in perspective from first to third to second I felt somewhat delirious. The book was a struggle, and I found myself looking forward to the blank pages between chapters. A shame real [...]

    5. It follows its title's suggestion: the diamond trade, life inside the red light district, and plenty more from Antwerp's infamous underground Despite its frustrating slow start, it makes for a good travel (or subway) reading. (The book's potential for a first rate thriller was undermined by the author's annoying (!) and distracting efforts to impress the reader with his notebook knowledge of North European Lowlands geography and B-movie database.)

    6. The locations and background details of this unrelentingly bleak murder mystery were very well researched and vividly presented however the unsympathetic characters and what felt to me like very strange pacing left this an ultimately unsatisfying novel.

    7. What would have been an OK book (3. Stars), was for me spoiled by what I thought was a very weak ending. Sorry if I've marred the enjoyment of anyone currently reading this.

    8. This was my "on holiday in Belgium" book. I enjoyed reading about Antwerp when we were staying quite close but found it quite bleak and it seemed to peter out rather than finish.

    9. Thrilling, beguiling, unsettling: this is a cracking read. Plus it's got lots of good beer in it.

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