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Requiem for the East by Andreï Makine
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Sep 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from September 17 to 22, 2011

Extremely beautiful and painful passages on all kinds of war, WWI, WWII, and the "little" hot wars that made up the Cold WAr. And some deeply insightful writing. Did I find the mute rescued women puzzling next to the vibrancy of the male characters? Yes, especially since the non-passive women -- "you" and "Sasha" remaicn enigmas -- I kept expecting Sasha's story to be told. But this is thought provoking and intriguing more than irksome in wrting of this level. It's not a 5, only because teh depiction of the West, the Parisian intellectuals, while at times pointed critique, at times felt clumsily overblown and one-sided, and teh defects seemed like the author;s not the narrators. But I will definitely read more by Makine.

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