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1956. Boris Pasternak legt de laatste hand aan zijn roman Dokter Zhivago, wetend dat het Russische volk hem nooit zal kunnen lezen. De CIA wil het boek, op het hoogtepunt van de Koude Oorlog, inzetten als cultureel wapen. Voor deze missie worden twee secretaresses uit de typeklas van de CIA gehaald, de ervaren Sally en...more
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Olga Invinskaya's A Captive of Time
Sergio D'Angelo's The Pasternak Affair
Elizabeth Peet McIntosh's Sisterhood of Spies
David K. Johnson's The Lavender Scare
Inside the Zhivago Storm and Zhivago's Secret Journey by Paolo Mancosu
Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
The Agency by John Ranelagh
The Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders
The Georgetown Set by Gregg Herken
The Very Best Men by Evan Thomas
Hot Books in the Cold War by Alfred A. Reisch
The Spy and his CIA Brat by Carol Cini
Finks by Joel Whitney
Washington Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
Feltrinelli by Carlo Feltrinelli and Alastair McEwen
*Lara by Anna Pasternak*
Safe Conduct by Boris Pasternak
Boris Pasternak: The Tragic Years, 1930-60 by Evgeny Pasternak
Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politics by Lazar Fleischman
Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography by Christopher Barnes
Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence translated by Nicholas Pasternak Slater and Maya Slater
Fear and the Muse Kept Watch by Andy McSmith
The Nobel Prize by Yuri Krotkov
Inside the Soviet Writers' Union by Carol and John Garrard
(*I read this before The Secret We Kept and I loved it.)(less)
I was expecting a suspenseful spy novel, but what I got was thinly disguised romance/chick-lit. It's all too common with historical fiction in recent years, and why I struggle with the genre.
The love affair between Pasternak and Olga left me cold, the alternating narratives in the West chapters were confusing, the secretarial pool characters lacked depth, and the writing style was simplistic. Frankly, I was bored silly. ...more
Set both in the East and the West, our two main protagonists Sally Forrester and Irina Drozdov work in the CIA typing pool, a very male dominated env ...more
I am going to change my rating on this book to a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 star book. I love books about spies, particularly women spies so I had really high expectations for this book. I had some problems with the flow, back and forth between what was happening with the author of Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, in the East and what was going on in the West, centering on the CIA and how it planned to use the book as a “weapon” against the Soviets.
All in ...more
Here we go! A thrilling espionage story about secret spy typist women agents at the Cold War era, shaping around creating process of Doctor Zhivago and its writer’s tumultuous, mind-blowing love story with his muse and mistress Olga! Da! Count me in! Already opened a new bottle of Chardonnay to being accompanied with this page-turner! Nazdarovya!
So CIA captures the copies of Doctor Zhivago and uses thi ...more
What is happening to the historical fiction genre when fictional characters are so included that they ruin a wonderful premise and make it into something that is barely historical and major ...more
”Sometimes they’d refer to us not by name but by hair color or body type: Blondie, Red, Tits. We had our secret names for them, too: Grabber, Coffee Breath, Teeth.
“They would call us girls, but we were not.
“We came to the Agency by way of Radcliffe, Vassar, Smith. We were the first daughters of our families to earn degrees. Some of us spoke Mandarin. Some could fly plans. Some of us could handle a Colt 1873 better than John Wayne. But all we were asked when interviewed was ‘Can you type?’”
I will admit to never having read Doctor Zhivago. And my memories of the movie had it as more romantic than political. But in reality, the book painted a dim picture of Russia during and after the revolution and was not published in Russia until 1987. The Secrets We Kept is based on the true story of how the CIA smuggled copies of the book into Russia.
Chapters alternate between an unnamed secretary, Olga, Pasternak’s mistress and Irena and Sally, who were both spies. The se ...more
Much has been said about this book, it has been ‘hyped’ ( not a great word but its as it is ) and spoken about as ‘THE book of the year’ and various other platitudes
The book is all about ( trying to keep this as simple as can ) Doctor Zhivago, the author of it, his lover, how the book was banned and how America managed to get the book published and into Russia ( all based on fact ) intermingled with fiction re the ‘spies’ of the 1950’s, the ‘typists’ of the American Govt, who saw all and said no ...more
The writing is fairly straight forward but st ...more
This story, "West," is played agains ...more
TW: Sexual assault and some homophobia
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In the late 1950s, the CIA published Russian copies of Doctor Zhivago and smuggled them behind the Iron Curtain in order to spark an unrest among Soviet citizens. In The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott explores the women who may have helped the mission, as well as the intriguing relationship between Russian author Boris Pasternak and ...more
The novel has a big cast of characters, and each chapter follows a different person. I listened ...more
It´s chick lit, and very bad chick lit. The characters´ voices are interchangeable,besides being shallow,one dimensional and sometimes plain silly.The "romance" is badly done,the writing is choppy and repetitive.
The book (Zhivago) is just filler,even Pasternak and Olga are caricatures.
I first saw this book, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, on NetGalley and knew I had to read it. What a joy to find glorious historical fiction not set during WW II.
COLD WAR THRILLER
Prescott’s debut novel occurs during the Cold War, with chapters that flip between the CIA in the States and Russia — where Boris Pasternak (author of DR. ZHIVAGO) and lover Olga (inspiration for the character Lara), struggle to get his masterpiece published.
NYT critic Janet Maslin cal ...more
There’s no secret that the Secrets We Kept is going to be a big hit this fall. It’s one of those books that I imagine publishers dream about – filled with true-to-life intrigue, touching upon little-known history, and presenting real-life and fictional characters that readers really care about.
Like most people, I’ve seen the movie Dr. Zhivago multiple times and it has never failed to captivate me (interestingly, I minored in Russian literature but never read the book). Although I was aware that ...more
I loved the way the chapter headings made it easy to follow whose POV we were now seeing. The story of the typists, spies and the true story of Doctor Zhivago and how this ba ...more
This was in my eARC backlog; it actually came out in September and I'm behind. ...more
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Lara received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in 2018. She grew up in Pennsylvania and studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to writing fiction, Lara worked as ...more