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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressions of Stalin's Russia
Miss Delafield is one of the forgotten, feminine feminists of the inter-war years. Her 'Provincial Lady' fictional diaries gave light relief to the more solemn pages of Lady Rhondda's 'Time and Tide' magazine, reminding her readers that it was possible to worry about the hyacinth bulbs as well as the state of female emancipation. In the mid 1930s she accepted a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars quite boring really, no where near as good as the ...
quite boring really, no where near as good as the other Pov.Lady books. But interesting insights into pre-2nd war Communist Russia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressions of Stalin's Russia, 1 Aug 1999
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This review is from: I Visit the Soviets: The Provincial Lady in Russia (Paperback)
Miss Delafield is one of the forgotten, feminine feminists of the inter-war years. Her 'Provincial Lady' fictional diaries gave light relief to the more solemn pages of Lady Rhondda's 'Time and Tide' magazine, reminding her readers that it was possible to worry about the hyacinth bulbs as well as the state of female emancipation. In the mid 1930s she accepted a commisssion to travel the Soviet Union. This book tells the tale, from the awfulness of her travelling companions, a collection of idealists, forward thinkers, bores and opportunists, to the truly committed and hard working community she found on a collective farm deep in the Ukraine. She managed to travel surprisingly widely at a time when the 1917 Revolution was still a fresh memory and westerners a source of deep suspicion. Ever wry, about her fellow travellers and about herself, but always confident, Miss Delafield tells a good story, and makes a good case for never leaving home without flea-powder. The publicists will have confused prospective readers with the title and the dustjacket; this is NOT a 'Provincial Lady' fiction but an autobiographical travel book. And the editing, presumably by the 1930s publishers, makes the tale jump from London to collective farm to the start of the journey, but nonetheless this is a little gem. It deserves to be read by students of 1930s social history, by admirers of the light writers of the day, and by anyone who is surprised by the continuing literalness of Russian hotel desk clerks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, 16 Feb 2014
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The underlying humanity is there, of course, but this is a very much more serious thing, underneath the self-deprecating manner. It is a series of articles. I wonder how it would strike a reader born after 1990? The picture painted of the Soviet Union is a familiar one to those old enough to read in the 1970's or earlier, perhaps. So far as I can judge the picture is drawn well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful little book and a wealth of research, 21 April 2010
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I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who's interested in life in the 1930s Soviet Union. Insightful and humorous, it creates a realistic and funny picture. It's quite positive and a must to any aspiring writer who want to set their book in the prewar Russia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, entertaining, 10 Jan 2014
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A factual account of EM Delafield's visit to Russia in the mid-30s. Because of this, it's a bit more episodic than the "Diaries" and feels like a few separate documents stuck together, with no particular development. Interesting insights into attitudes of times and, as you'd expect, entertaining on other people, particularly other tourists.

Minor quibble - page 122 is missing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars quite boring really, no where near as good as the ..., 11 Oct 2014
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quite boring really, no where near as good as the other Pov.Lady books. But interesting insights into pre-2nd war Communist Russia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Sep 2014
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So very good I will read it again a joy too read
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