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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller’s first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tate Memorial Prize for Fiction. He has since written five novels including Casanova and Oxygen, which was a finalist for the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize in 2001. He lives in Somerset England.    

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  • This is the third book I've read off of my "Genre Novels That Should Be Classics" reading list in a quest to expand my book choices beyond my normal comfort zone. I'm not a big historical fiction reader. Sometimes it makes appearances in my Fantasy or Science Fiction picks, but...
    — May 22 2015
  • An opposite approach animates the tale of Jean-Baptiste Baratte, which starts and ends in a Versailles anteroom whose decadence says everything about the years just before the Revolution. The young engineer is to purify the Paris neighborhood of Les Halles by removing a festering,...
    — Sep 26 2014
  • My love of France and my fascination with graveyards are what drew me to this book—and the fact that my sister, whose opinion I value above all others, was raving about it. It turned out to be my read of the year. The material is dark, the characters vividly alive and the history...
    — Nov 26 2013
  • Pure by Andrew Miller is a work of historical fiction that takes place in Paris during the decade prior to the French Revolution. An Everyman from Normandy has managed to get an education and become an engineer. Paris stinks - literally. It is not healthy. Our anti-hero is hired...
    — Oct 15 2013
  • I think the trick to writing good historical fiction is probably to do extensive and wide ranging research, to really immerse yourself in your period, and then to forget about it all and tell a story. The last novel I reviewed here demonstrated a rich understanding of...
    — Jul 29 2013
  • First off I’ll recommend the English writer Andrew Miller’s novel Pure (winner of the Costa best novel award for 2011) as well as his Ingenious Pain and Casanova, all of which are set in the 18th century. Now Miller has written excellent novels set in other...
    — Jun 24 2013
  • Andrew Miller’s PURE won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year and appeared in paperback in 2012. It is set in Paris in 1785 and, although it is a work of fiction, really evokes pre-revolutionary France. A young engineer, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, has only one bridge to his name,...
    — May 13 2013
  • Among the more than 250,000 visitors who descend the spiral staircase to the Parisian catacombs each year, who does not at some point in the ensuing spectacle ask him or herself: how did they do this? Andrew Miller’s PURE provides a satisfyingly grim and detailed response.
    — Mar 27 2013
  • The central question of Andrew Miller’s novel Pure, set in Louis XVI’s pre-revolutionary France, mirrors that of the recent American presidential election—“yes on progress, but at what cost?” Miller’s answer is a well-crafted, sharply researched slice of literary...
    — Dec 4 2012
  • In another exploration of historical lacunae, Miller (Ingenious Pain) delves into pre-Revolutionary Paris, where a pestilential, ancient cemetery acts as metaphor for the blighted reign of King Louis XVI. Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young Norman engineer who prides himself on his...
    — Nov 15 2012
  • France, in the turbulent years before the revolution. At Versailles a minister in Louis XVI's government tells a young engineer that there is an elephant somewhere in the palace. A gift to Louis XV from the King of Siam, it lives on burgundy wine and must be kept hidden...
    — Jun 24 2012
  • Some stories are too wonderful — too filled with wonders — to set in the present. They can’t really be called historical fiction because they don’t serve history so much as plunder it to invent what might have been. Such is the case with “Pure,” by Andrew Miller,...
    — Jun 3 2012
  • Andrew Miller’s new novel stinks. What do you expect? It’s full of thousands upon thousands of rotting bodies. No zombies — just good old-fashioned corpses crammed into a Parisian cemetery for more than 500 years. The general background of “ Pure ” is...
    — May 29 2012
  • I picked up "Pure" casually, wanting to take its measure in a " Blink " Malcolm Gladwell way, thinking it might suit our summer reading guide, set for Sunday, June 3. I stayed to relish all 331 pages, caught up in its unforced, stylish sentences, absorbed into its vivid...
    — May 28 2012

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