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The Little Russian by Susan  Sherman
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Mar 25, 2012

it was ok
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Read in March, 2012

I have fairly mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it is an interesting historical novel about the pogroms in Russia in the early twentieth century. It is a story of survival in the face of grim death. On the other hand, the main character Berta is not particularly likable (she reminded me of the misplaced entitlement of Madame Bovary) and some of what could be the most interesting parts of the story were left out. For example, when Berta's son hides in the corner of an abandoned market with Red soldiers at the door, I was full of anxiety for him. How wil he escape? But then the next chapter begins four days later and apparently all is well. If this had happened once or twice I would be forgiving. But this happened a lot. Too often to really make the story satisfying in the end.
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Jesse I completely agree. Berta just ticked me off and was hard to like. I kept feeling her selfishness drove me nuts.


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