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Bleak, fascinating, somewhat misleading,
This review is from: In Siberia (Paperback)
One has the impression that Thubron wanted to find the bleakest, saddest visions of Siberia. And find them he does, painting a portrait of Siberia as even more harsh and cruel than the region's already severe public perception. While admirably described and very true to reality - his encounter with 'Rasputin' in Pokrovskoe proved almost exactly what happened to me too when I turned up in that village. However, the problem lies in the choices of which bits of Siberia to cover. These choices mean that the reader is not shown the 'other' Siberia - places like Krasnoyarsk or Omsk whose new vibrancy and optimism are the very opposite of the unrelentingly bleak picture that a reader will be given here.
Siberia isn't THAT bad! Indeed to many Russians its pioneer spirit, independent-minded citizens and glorious out-door wildernesses make Siberia more paradise than hell-hole. That doesn't make the book a bad one by any means, but when reading it do bear in mind that you're getting a sellable bundle of selective negativity rather than a real overall picture.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2012 00:35:04 BDT
You have never been to Siberia.
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