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Wave of Terror by Theodore Odrach
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Sep 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian-authors, canadian-reads, historical-fiction
Read in May, 2010

Wave of Terror is a novel originally written in Ukranian and then recently translated by the authors daughter into English. The setting is the Russian invasion of Belarus in 1939 and specifically a small village in the marshlands of Pinsk.

The best part of this novel is the portrayal of the people and their behavior as they struggle to adapt and survive under the Stalinist regime. The gem in this book is Ivan Kulik's character. Ivan is a character that captures the attention of the reader even though he does very little. His "Flying under the radar" is his beauty and the foil to the other characters adaptations to the regime. Of particular interest is Ivan’s infatuation with the lovely Marusia, and her cool and distant response as she tries to adjust to the new Russian social environment that Ivan disdains. Each relationship shows different and important adaptations and their repercussions to the regime.
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Erma Odrach Hi Shannon,

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Wave ... Glad you liked it! Though the book takes place in an out of the way corner of Europe with Stalin in charge, sadly, today it is known as the Chernobyl Zone.

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