Sashenka Paperback – 12 Mar 2009
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"Gripping from start to finish. The perfect mixture of sweeping history and page-turning storytelling"
"Intensely moving, with an unforgettable climax that will touch the hardest heart"
"Furiously readable - it's hard to put Sashenka down. The glory and tragedy of her story remains long after the last page is turned"
"Intricate, fast moving... by the time I put the book down, long after midnight, I was in tears" (THE TIMES)
"To write a good historical novel you have to recreate that world, both physically and intellectually - and there must be a sense that history is driving the plot forwards. Montefiore succeeds on all counts... The real achievement of this novel is that it describes the profound levels of self-deception required if you wanted to stay alive and be a loyal communist in Stalin's Russia" (EVENING STANDARD)
In the bestselling tradition of Dr Zhivago and Sophie's Choice an epic story of revolution, passion and betrayal - and one woman whose extraordinary secret lies uncovered for half a century.See all Product Description
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Sashenka is such an amazing book, full of riches both emotionally and historically. Montefiore tells an incredibly detailed, sometimes beautiful, sometimes utterly tragic story of a series of women linked by the formidable Sashenka. I loved the way the many personal stories wove in and out of each other, the plot was superb. I lived and breathed with the characters losing all sense of time and space as I read on to see how the many twists and turns of history would affect the spirited heroine and her colourful family.The book truly made me realise just how much the Russian people experienced in the 20th century, Russia has seen such incredible changes!
Montefiore, the historical fiction writer, employs those strengths in creating an exceptionally powerful saga. I really felt drawn into the story and began to get quite emotionally involved about a third of the way through the book. The writing is vivid, well paced and evocative. (There are also knowing echoes of Tolstoy and Pasternak in there.)
But, above all, I was totally, unashamedly gripped by the 'what is going to happen next?' syndrome. The characters became people I really cared about - and the ending..? It is everything the reviewers said. A real hammer blow to the heart.
'Sashenka' is an excellent 'literary historical novel'. It is passionate, complex, incisive, salutary and utterly bloody upsetting. One of those classic books that people will want to read again - I certainly will - when I recover from it - and enthuse others to read.
In turn spanning three generations, there's a lot of history to take in with the plot. We have Shashenka at sixteen at the beginning; Shashenka and her family 20 years later, still in turbulent times of communist Russia and under constant threat of persecution for being of aristocratic background; and then the story of a young Russian history graduate in 1994 becoming entangled in the story of Shashenka and her husband and children, in attempt to find out what became of them and whether they might be related to a family history search she has become embroiled in.Read more ›
I read a lot of straight history, and what I like most about this book is the way the history is melded into the page-turning story. How can one fail to be moved by Sashenka's plight when she falls in love, and then has to choose between her own life and her children? I think this book will appeal to men and women, young and old, and also to children at school who are studying 20th century history. Sure it simplifies some of the historical issues, and yes there are some coincidences, but this story swept me up so that I felt I too was in revolutionary Russia and Stalin's Moscow. It showed me what it would have been like to live in that time and under those terrible pressures when all around you your friends were disappearing. Surely this is what the reading experience is all about? I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second half of the book was much better than the first half, it is almost as if they were written at separate times or by separate people. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Second time I have read it, enjoyed it just as much second time aroundPublished 1 month ago by L. I. Scavuzzo
Excellent book, I love his novels and biographies - so easy to read and always grippingPublished 1 month ago by Robin F Harrison
an impressive work as one would expect from this very learned author whose research is virtually faultless.Published 2 months ago by Busy Bee
Sashenka is a longish book divided into 3 parts, each of which covers just 1 crucial year: 1916, 1939, and 1994. Read morePublished 4 months ago by wordsmith