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4.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away!, 13 July 2008
This review is from: Sashenka (Hardcover)
I disagree with the reviewer who didn't like this novel!

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.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2009, 23:19:40 GMT
millymoo says:
I wholly agree with the comments posted by robin .what a fascinating picture of the terrible times ,I cried for sashenska and her family and my heart ached for all the cruelty and sadness that the people of russia suffered under this wicked tyrant and his henchmen.Previously I did not know or understand much of russian history ,I have read lots about the Tzars,Catherine The Great ,and romantic fiction set in russia but nothing about stalin and his role in russian history .Reading this wonderfully written book led my husband and I to listen to Simon Motefiore,s CDs about stalin.We felt transported to russia in those dangerous times and really enjoyed the experience .I am determined to visit these places depicted in the book someday thanks to the brilliant writing of the author.millymoo
Jan 1 2009
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