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Feb 15, 2008 CLM rated it 5 of 5 stars
It is hard to know which one I love better - this or Masha. Together, they form a fabulous two book series which recreates a bygone world of Russian aristocracy and a heroine who matures and finds unexpected happiness after a solitary and difficult childhood.
Another childhood favorite. Sequel to Masha, and I was randomly compelled to re-read them both recently. They hold up well. This book has much more history than the first. It's about the 1825 Decembrist uprising (one of the lesser-known and much less successful Russian revolutions; very much like the group in Les Miserables) and includes many real-life figures as characters. Not much is known about the author, who was originally from Russia, but I'm guessing she was White Russian aristocracy. Th...more
I have spent months trying to find an affordable copy of this book. I first read it while I was in junior high and fell in love with the story. I'm very into tragedies, because I tend to leave a piece of my heart with the story when I finish reading it. It is my favorite book to this day, even though I haven't read it since I was probably 14. The cheapest copy I've been able to find is $500.00 So if anyone has a copy I can borrow or if you know of a library close by let me know!
The author of a number of children's novels, many of them works of historical fiction set in Russia or Yugoslavia, Mara Kay was (according to the dust-jacket blurb of The Burning Candle) "of Russian extraction, was brought up in Yugoslavia, but has lived in America since 1950."More about Mara Kay...