The Last Hundred Days

A Novel

McGuinness, Patrick

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Last Hundred Days
Bucharest in 1989 is a world of corruption and paranoia, in thrall to the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Old landmarks are falling to demolition crews, grocery shelves are empty, and informants are everywhere. Into this state of crisis, a young British man arrives to take a university post he never interviewed for. He is taken under the wing of Leo O'Heix, a colleague and master of the black market, and falls for the sleek Celia, daughter of a party apparatchik. Yet he soon learns that in this society, friendships are compromised, and loyalty is never absolute. And as the regime's authority falters, he finds himself uncomfortably, then dangerously, close to the eye of the storm.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 1608199126
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCGUINNES 2012
Characteristics: 377 p. ;,21 cm


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A British student unwittingly becomes embroiled in Romanian corruption and freedom fighting as the Soviets begin to lose power. Like the protagonist, we soon lose track of who might be blackmailing whom.

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Aug 01, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a well-written, fictional account of the last days of the Ceausescu regime, which was characterized by repression and corruption. It paints a portrait of Bucharest being destroyed by Soviet architecture and provides a good sense of a society under surveillance where nothing is as it seems.

Nov 24, 2012

A bit dark and long but nevertheless aninteresting insight into the last days of a despot's reign in Romania.

Sep 20, 2012
  • AndrewTerMarsch rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Such an interesting book:, full of great metaphors, fascinating characters, and a rich history of the period leading up to the Romanian Revolution. I learned a lot, both of history and of good literature It was a joy to read and I really felt like I was "there."

Sep 01, 2012
  • jkrejci rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Solid, nicely written novel of suspense and intrigue. Evokes the mood of communist Eastern Europe nicely.

Jul 08, 2012

What a wonderful novel. One gets caught up in the time of the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
Beautifully written and a compelling read.


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