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Essential reading - especially if you're going on holiday to Russia.,
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This review is from: One Night in Winter (Kindle Edition)
One Night in Winter has an intricate, elegant plot, in which Joseph Stalin himself is positioned at the centre of the web. Sebag Montefiore has written a novel which should appeal to both students of history and book clubs alike. Part love story, part thriller, the novel reminded me of both Pasternak and the best of Sebastian Faulkes. Men and women, young and old, should find the One Night in Winter enjoyable.
One Night in Winter is broken up into distinct parts and although the book has, like many a nineteenth century Russian novel, a large cast list the author pulls all his strands together by the end to focus on two (distinctly different) love stories. The book contains some lovely writing and historical insights but the pace seldom flags.
By the end of the book you will start to appreciate the cliché that it's sometimes best to read about certain periods of history, rather than live them. Stalin's Russia was an oppressive, cruel and macabre place, sustained and exacerbated by Stalin himself.
In terms of criticisms not all the characters are as engaging as one another and I wish that the fates of some of the secondary characters would have been fleshed out more at the end, but readers should still be satisfied by this powerful and touching novel. Essential reading - especially if you're going on holiday to Russia.