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Journey to Moscow: The Adventures of Olivia Ozanne by [Robertson, Wendy]
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Journey to Moscow: The Adventures of Olivia Ozanne Kindle Edition

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About the Author

A story teller from childhood and after writing and publishing while relishing and surviving academic life Wendy Robertson became a full-time writer. She has published twenty-four novels (both historical and contemporary), two short story collections and she continues to write occasional articles on issues close to her heart. And she loves writing her blog A Life Twice Tasted. She lives in historic South Durham, in a Victorian house that has played a role in more than one of her novels. She was for five years on and off Writer in Residence at HMP Low Newton – a life-changing experience where she encouraged a wide range of women to raise their self-esteem and realise their potential through original writing. She says: 'The past-in-the-present dominates my mind, my imagination and my writing. I always 'see' individuals, unique characters in their times whether in history or the contemporary world. And I tell their stories. My novels are mostly set in some crosspiece of time and place. The unique, sometimes quirky lives of my characters reflect the wide range of people I’ve come to know very well in my life. She goes on, ‘I have been a compulsive writer since I was eight and have lived through interesting times. Anais Nin once said that writers taste life twice, once when they experience it and secondly when they write it. This so very much reflected my own writing experience that I actually named my blog Life Twice Tasted…’ www.lifetwicetasted.blogspot.co.uk www.lifetwicetasted.blogspot.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495243842
  • Publisher: Room To Write; 2 edition (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Olivia Ozanne is the writer abroad, the stranger alone, a woman who can see the surface of things and beyond. Well rid of her ex Kendrick and his leather sofa fetish, she comes to stay with her daughter Caitlin. This is post-glasnost Moscow with its fallen statues, burgeoning mafia, newly restored churches, its phones tapped but no longer listened in to, a city that demands hard currency. Through Olivia’s eyes we see into the heart of this city and its people. We peer inside their tiny flats into their constricted interior lives, where we meet the mysterious Aunties whose surprising histories, stretching back to the revolution, are slowly uncovered by Olivia.
This is a richly painted canvas of an iconic city, in many ways relevant to our understanding of the Russia of today. It is a story about a woman in search of a new self and it’s hard not to fall in love with Olivia with her enormous appetite for life or for that matter her lover Volodya who she meets at the flower stall. I fell in love with them both. But Wendy Robertson’s greatest gift is in making us fall in love with the place and its people. Gorgeous
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There's nothing to not love in this book. A double negative but who cares? I'm doing an Olivia Ozanne and re-writing the rules. For me this thought encapsulates the essence of this fascinating book, which dispenses with the prejudices, the political and stereotypical misconceptions surrounding the teenaged Moscow as it emerged from its long sleep, post - Glasnost. The writer gives such insight into this period which, ironically, is so relevant to what is happening in Putin's Russia today.
Olivia Ozanne is my hero- totally honest about who she is, warts and all, knowing she has failed as a mother and wife but always remaining true to herself and keeping the faith with her writing.
As always, this writer has woven an intricate tale with many memorable characters, the love of her life Volodya, the grey and brown Aunties, her daughter and son, even the odious Kendrick. They will all remain in my head for a long time and when I say you must read this book, I really mean it!
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Olivia - what a fascinating character who ‘goes her own way’ regardless of others. This is an excellent story and I couldn’t put it down. The depiction of post Glasnost Russia is realistic. There is more freedom. Calls are recorded but no one listens to them. However, there is still much suspicion and the drivers want ‘dollars’ in payment for taxi rides. Olivia takes no notice of her successful daughter who worries that she is in a city that can be fraught with danger. However, Olivia is determined to be her own person and thank goodness, because she meets Volodya who becomes the love of her life and she becomes special to him. The setting and atmosphere of Moscow are cleverly created, with old cars, run-down buildings, people suspicious of their neighbours in case they report them to the Authorities, the flower stalls and also the beauty of the Churches and the priceless icon that the Aunties take to their Church. We are sad that Volodya seems to have a new love and Olivia returns home bereft. However, it turns out well in the end. Relationships are very important in this novel. We have the mother/daughter relationship that can be fraught at times, the love of the two Aunties which has lasted for decades, Kendrick who is an unpleasant character and hasn’t treated Olivia well and the relationship between Olivia and her son, who goes through a hard time with the police. The relationship of Olivia with her own mother has been very difficult and when her mother dies, she is in a quandary. Once again, she makes her own decisions and takes no account of the views of others. She does what she feels is right. This is a fascinating and very readable novel and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Wendy Robertson's latest book is a real gem. Set in Russia post Glasnost and in the UK, it is a novel about relationships of all kinds: with children, husbands, lovers, friends and strangers. The reader is quickly charmed into this world where it seems anything can happen, if your mind is as open as Olivia's. This main character's narrative voice is enticing and cajoling as it guides the reader into both Olivia's internal and external landscapes and asks you to share her joys and dilemmas but try not to judge. The internal situation in Russia is exposed layer by layer through the people Olivia meets, the things she observes and also what she has read. Her Russian lover, Volodya adds further dimensions to the Russian story but also to the character of Olivia and her joy in living.
The 'Aunties' are enchanting and would have made a novel on their own. The whole idea of them meeting in a world hostile to their love for each other and also the actuality of their joint experiences through such a tempestuous era is exciting
And threaded through all this marvellous storytelling and characterization is Olivia's experience of being a writer; having to make uncomfortable choices, to find the nub of magic at the core of any good story and discover how to execute the narrative. It is the honesty and self-knowledge of Olivia Ozanne that gives this novel its momentum and keeps the reader entranced to the end.
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