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Jam making in Mother Russia,
This review is from: Apricot Jam and Other Stories (Hardcover)
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Apricot Jam starts with the promise that '..if some of the things I say don't seem quite right, I want you to keep reading, you won't be wasting your time.' Small chance, I think, of anything the grandmaster Solzhenitsyn saying seeming in any way not quite right, and indeed on finishing the first story, the eponymous 'Apricot Jam', I end with a huge grin and welcome sigh of 'genius!' uttered aloud. It is wonderful to revisit the Russia of this great writer whose loss marks the passing of an era in Soviet Literature.
However, it is unfortunate that after such a strong start, none of the following stories live up to the promise of the first one. There follow some entertaining and informative stories about individuals but I admit that half way through my enthusiasm started to flag and I even sped through an skipped to the end of two rather lengthy tales of military hardship.
It's a fascinating document of military history, but I admit that my preferences remain more firmly rooted in the social , which he does so well.
In all, a mild disappointment, but worth it for the first story alone.