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This review is from: Child 44 (Paperback)What a book! Historical fiction, a criminal thriller and a political/social nightmare all rolled into one. Russia in the early 1950's must have been one frightening place for the normal working man and his family. Denouncements, arrests and the notorious Gulags; what a combination to instil terror and compliance! Add into this mix a serial killer who targets young children and you have got the perfect recipe for an excellent novel.
The main protagonist works for the state and is their perfect tool, that is until he refuses to denounce his wife and insists on attempting to bring a serial killer to heel, a criminal the state does not recognise. What then follows is a whirlwind of an adventure which will have the reader completely gripped.
The characters are superbly crafted; I couldn't believe how sorry I initially felt for the criminal until I reminded myself that he was a deluded and dangerous individual. The main characters, Leo and his wife epitomised human determination and the desire to do the right thing, even when paying the ultimate sacrifice.
This book is a fantastic read and a great insight into Russian culture and their bizarre political system of the early 1950's. If you are looking for a book which will have you completely hooked, almost to the point where you can't put it down, then look no further. Ideal for lovers of history, politics and criminal thrillers.
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2011 01:12:59 GMT
Wow! If THAT is insight into Russian culture etc., then Russia is safe! No one will know what Russia is really like!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 08:02:14 GMT
J. Cooper says:
Thanks for the really helpful comment Nia.
My book review is my interpretation of the book, which I really enjoyed. I found the book gave me an insight into the culture of the Russian State during the 1950's. I note that you have titled your own review of the book `An insult to intelligence'. We are never going to agree particularly as you hold a claim to superior intelligence. I write reviews for fun as a bit of a hobby, I'm not a professional critic. Oh well, onwards and upwards...
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2011 09:13:48 GMT
You know why I think it is an insult? Because the writer have to be VERY careful when writing about real facts and real people.
If I will write story about you and make you an infernal character, you will be upset. If writer take history of the real country and do the same - millions are upset. And also it diminishes the level of knowledge of outside word for anyone, who reads it.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2011 09:29:04 GMT
J. Cooper says:
That may be so, but I'm not going to apologise for enjoying this book. I can't be an expert on everything, but that doesn't make me any less intelligent. I can only review the book I have read, presenting my summary of what I liked/disliked about the content as described by the author.
This is a fictional novel and had it been written as a factual account of past events, then I could well understand your upset. Great modern authors write fictional history and bend/warp the known facts all the time in order to create a book that will interest.
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