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Elizabeth (Alaska) This looks like a really fun read.


message 2: by Rose (new)

Rose It is!

Again a history lesson, too. The story takes place during the Nazi seige of Leningrad.


Elizabeth (Alaska) History is about the people. If they'd teach it that way, maybe fewer of us would sleep through class.


message 4: by Rose (new)

Rose You are right about that!


message 5: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I agree with much of what you said in your wonderful review. My problem with the book is that much of it seemed so contrived.
I have Russian friends who have told me many stories about what they had to endure. The book captured some of this. They are strong, brave people.


Elizabeth (Alaska) I have the book on my shelf and hope to get to it soon. The Russian people put up with a lot for a lot more years than just WWII. Several years ago, I was listening to a woman who left Russia and had to leave her children behind. (Just now, I forget why this happened.) Anyway, she was able to have her children come here and one of the first things they did was to stop at the grocery on the way home from the airport, something we'd all do. The children, very young adults by this time, became faint at the sight of so much food and had to leave, wait in the car. In this country we truly cannot imagine the deprivations that humans can - and do - endure.


message 7: by Maria (new)

Maria On a livelier note, has anyone read M*A*S*H* by Richard Hooker (I think)? Tears-streaming-down-face funny. Laughter, in the end, is all that keeps us sane.


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Barbara Elizabeth wrote: "I have the book on my shelf and hope to get to it soon. The Russian people put up with a lot for a lot more years than just WWII. Several years ago, I was listening to a woman who left Russia and h..."

My Russian friends have told me of life pre- WWII, during and up to more recent times. They are educated, wonderful people, often worked without pay and could not practise their religion (they are Jewish). They had to wait many, many years to get a visa to come here. They had to leave family and friends behind. Personal objects were severely limited when they immigrated and they lost much. They loved Russia, but never want to return. During the war they lost many, many family members- most notably, some were at Babi Yar- a most horrifying episode. I always tell them how brave I think they are. In the 10 years since they have come here they have learned English ( I was their tutor), succeeded in wonderful jobs, bought a home and they are US citizens!


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Sketchbook Yes, the Russies had to endure lotz. But Stalin was a butcher who rivalled Hitler - do not ever forget that!


message 10: by Peter (new)

Peter A nice review!


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