Beneath the Mountain: A Novel - Luca D'Andrea

Jan 2018 My Book Box selection.

D'Andrea does a very good job with setting and atmosphere. It's just that the women are either virgins or whores, soley there to be a plot point for the men in the book. The narrator's wife does not have a full fledged conversation with him until half way in, and seems solely there to be servicing the main character, who does not fly as an American. What American would describe his friend's face as being bruised so it looked like the Scottish flag? And the big reveal makes no sense on so many different levels.