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5.0 out of 5 stars asya, 3 Nov 2005
This review is from: Asya (Paperback)
this is a book in a million.It was impossible to put down, written with so much sensitivity, an absolute pleasure. I knew nothing would match it for a long time, all i can say is read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical epic whcih sweeps the reader from pre revolutionary, 17 Jan 2001
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The novel opens with a description of the young Asya attempting to cross a frozen river. The description is incredibly poetic and really touches the heart with its wonderful imagery. Having captured the reader's attention with Asya's death defying escapade we the travel with her as she copes with the death of her family, the Bolshevik onslaught to her meeting with Sergei, the great love of her life and various other minor characters who influence her life in some way. The characterisation of the main character is realistic and the reader empathises with her, as she crosses Europe to France with Sergei, makes a life on her own when he disappears, agonises with her as she flees to London during the Second World War, then finally, heart in your mouth, you accompany her on her last great journey back to the Russia of Gorbachev. For her sake, you hope that everything will be as it was before but realistically, you know it won't be - too much has changed in the world. The final scene in the Novodeviche cemetary, where the mystery of Sergei's disappearance is finally cleared up is quite breath taking, though you find yourself relieved that Asya never learns of it, though a little voice tells you she already knows. It is a novel of excitement and grandeur and Ignatieff never puts a foot wrong. At the end I was unable to summarise the plot for a friend because I was still too overcome. If you have to read only one novel this year, make sure it's Asya/
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Asya by Michael Ignatieff (Paperback - 21 April 1994)
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