Under the Poppy

Under the Poppy

by Kathe Koja

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BN ID: 2940157071417
Publisher: Roadswell Editions
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 426 KB

About the Author

Kathe Koja’s books include two sequels in the Under the Poppy trilogy, The Mercury Waltz and The Batsards' Paradise, as well as contemporary horror cult classics like The Cipher and Skin; her young adult novels include Buddha Boy, Talk and Kissing the Bee. Her work has been honored by the ALA, the ASPCA and with the Bram Stoker Award. Her books have been published in seven languages and optioned for film. She’s a Detroit native and lives in the area with her husband, artist Rick Lieder. She also runs Loudermilk Productions, creating site-specific immersive events including performances of Faustus and her own adaptation of Under the Poppy.

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Under the Poppy 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Under the Poppy is set in a Belgian brothel in the 1870s known for its vulgar stage shows and its aptitude for satisfying the quirky (and often perverse) fantasies of its clients. The plot is loaded with drama, including a complicated love triangle, the devastations of war, and plenty of secrets. The novel's vivid setting and unique characters are its strong points, but the novel's momentum drags in places.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I couldn't finish the book, I think it was more because of a lack of interest, rather than a boring story. It relates the story of a brothel in belgium in the 1870s. In a time of war, we see the lives of the staff and the clients, the impact the war as on them. Mix in a bizarre love triangle, and lots of drama. It became a chore to try to finish this book, the story drags on and couldn't keep my interest.
bridgetmarkwood on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was so excited about this book and really tried to love it. Historically, it was wonderfully gritty. It is the sort of book that is so vivid in parts you feel as if you are in that time and place... Only to be very grateful for your clean home and shower when you put the book down. The book itself reads more like a poem, which I enjoyed for the first 50-60 pages. But rather than "zipping along" as the back cover review would suggest, I felt as though I just couldn't get momentum. By the middle of the book, it sort of dragged for me. I didn't feel for the characters and there was nothing for me to really figure out. So, with my brain and heart in vacation during readings, I just could not stay interested. I generally love historical novels. I wish I were able to say I loved this one.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a much slower paced book than I was expecting based on the description. It was more of a slice-of-life in a particular era, in particular cities, than a gripping story of jealousy, war, and blackmail. A portrait of a day to day existance occasionally broken up by action. Not something I would care to read more than once, and as none of the characters caught my interest, I probably would not have finished it if I had not received it through ER. It wasn't bad and might please somebody else, but it bored me and I suspect others may assume as I did that it's a very different kind of book, based on the cover blurb.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love Koja's writing style and was pleased to see that she'd written another adult book. Once again the writing is excellent (along with the setting), but for whatever reason the story just didn't grab me. Your mileage may vary.
maryintexas39 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I started "Under the Poppy" with really high expectations. I love books set in in the late 1800s. And while Kathe Koja has the period down, the story just didn't grab me. I was expecting a decadent, cabaret-type yarn. I just couldn't get into the story or the characters. I really wanted to like it. I give it 3 stars for the historical descriptiveness alone and the cover.I really like the cover.
kougogo on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Probably my favorite novel from 2010. A complex (alternate?) history of a brothel in Brussels or thereabouts battered by the whims of powerful men making big decisions. Koja is a wonderful writer, and I hope she's begun a new leg of her career and style here. What is especially interesting in this novel is the tension between political intrigue and romantic intrigue - and how they mirror and are caused by each other. Rupert is a rich character, though like many of the others in the novel, he evolves little over its progression. Loves new and old level him, and Koja writes better than anyone I know about the dual seductions of love and performance. I've heard that she's putting on a stage adaptation of this novel, and I really want to see it and rock out to it.
veevoxvoom on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've found it exceedingly difficult to write an adequate review of this book, since there is so much crammed into it, so many small threads and details and private desires and personal grief. Kathe Koja writes a ninteenth century European brothel like she has lived in one, and her prose is what makes Under the Poppy so fascinating. It is dizzying, ambiguous, spicy, nearly stream of consciousness at times. It is also what makes the novel a frustrating read at times, because it feels like thoughts go in circles and circles, and Decca on page 221 is in the exact same position as Decca on page 5. But Decca, Rupert, and Istvan are fascinating. And if you are interested in splendid writing, in brassy bravura fare, do check the book out. It may not be the type of book you read in a single sitting, but you sip it in bits and pieces, and bathe yourself in its lushness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under the Poppy is a truly wonderful book, I got it from my library and I've barelyI been able to stop reading! Yes, it is a long book, but that just means you get more story. ;) I'll admit I haven't finished it yet (I'm only 78 pages in), but I'm already so madly in love with the characters and the story; it is beautiful and introduces you to a dark, compelling, magical world where anything can happen! On the back of the cover when it calls the Poppy a 'guilty pleasure' they weren't kidding~! And it's only shown the barest sparks of Rupert and Istvan's romance! I cannot wait to read what happens next! So far I love Under the Poppy, and I think you should give it a try. And who knows, maybe you'll love it too :3
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but eventually got so slow I never finished it. It's a huge book.