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    Summer house

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    On the surface this is a simple, domestic tale Three elderly women are raising a little girl, Sofia, the illegitimate daughter of factory worker Antonina, who has been lucky enough to be allocated a room in the grannies communal flat While Antonina goes to work, often accepting double shifts, to support the makeshift family, the grannies tell their stories to little Sofia and reminisce about their lives, filling her head with images from Russia s troubled past Each of the old women has suf On the surface this is a simple, domestic tale Three elderly women are raising a little girl, Sofia, the illegitimate daughter of factory worker Antonina, who has been lucky enough to be allocated a room in the grannies communal flat While Antonina goes to work, often accepting double shifts, to support the makeshift family, the grannies tell their stories to little Sofia and reminisce about their lives, filling her head with images from Russia s troubled past Each of the old women has suffered immeasurably during the war and siege of Leningrad, losing homes and families Now they pour all the love they have into the little girl Life is hard The novel poignantly and vividly captures the atmosphere of 1960s Soviet life the daily drudgery to find enough food, the endless queues, the excitement of finding fabric to make a dress and managing to jump the queue and get a TV, the difficulties of washing and doing the laundry without a bathroom And interspersed with the minutiae of daily life are the memories of the old ladies and the unbelievable struggle they had to survive during the Siege, the hunger, the deaths, the cold Much of the action takes place in the flat, but we are also taken to Antonina s factory, to the shops, the church, the nursery where Sofia goes before the grannies take over With these three generations of women the reader has a moving and compelling account of life in Soviet Russia, all told from a feminine perspective Men are pretty much absent from the book, or if there, then pretty unsatisfactorily It s certainly a grim story but ultimately one of hope and renewal Antonina doesn t have to suffer as much as the grannies did Sofia will not have to suffer as much as her mother did She will have choices none of them could have dreamt of, and she will remember them with affection and gratitude This is a rich and multi faceted novel and a must read for anyone wanting to learnabout life in the Soviet Union It s not always an easy read, as it frequently switches between the narrative voices, and it s not always immediately clear whose voice we are hearing Passages of stream of consciousness need to be read slowly and carefully to fully follow what s happening And it certainly helps to have some knowledge of the historical background before starting However, these are minor criticisms of a book that I very much enjoyed and one that I look forward to reading again It captures perfectly the atmosphere and environment of a particular place and time with compassion and empathy, and the characters come alive and linger in the imagination long after the reader finishes the last page A fascinating and immensely enjoyable book and a worthy winner of the Russian Booker

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    Oh man My kingdom for a regular lineal narrative I m too tired and distracted to fill in the gaps in a story If I want beautiful, evocative prose that grasps isolated snippets in time then i will heed towards poetry But when I read a story, I want a clear, directed narrative Maybe I m just a boring pedestrian lump, but with 3 boy children, I don t want to play cryptic crosswords when I read a novel, I also don t want poetry, I want to be lovingly caressed by the gentle intoxicating flow of Oh man My kingdom for a regular lineal narrative I m too tired and distracted to fill in the gaps in a story If I want beautiful, evocative prose that grasps isolated snippets in time then i will heed towards poetry But when I read a story, I want a clear, directed narrative Maybe I m just a boring pedestrian lump, but with 3 boy children, I don t want to play cryptic crosswords when I read a novel, I also don t want poetry, I want to be lovingly caressed by the gentle intoxicating flow of a narrative.I couldn t finish this book This is the 5th book in a row I have borrowed form the library that I have had to put down due to the flimsy adherence to narrative structure It seems to be fashionable in writing at the moment, to challenge the way narrative is presented I guess we have to push an art form But honestly at this stage in my life I am to tired to give a shit about artistic pursuits I just want to be swept away with the suspension of disbelief I crave it I need it.I notice this has got plenty of 5 stars from other reviewers, so if you have a deep powers of concentration, then there may be a beautiful journey your mind can gamble about in with this book Best of luck

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    Sadly, I didn t enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would.The beginning was really captivating, the first few pages promised something emotional and magnificent But then hm, how should I put it The thing that looked like a beginning of a story turned out to be the whole story And that was terribly disappointing I feel like there was a story there an interesting and powerful story, but the author just refused to tell it and focused on the prologue instead The book needs editing It s r Sadly, I didn t enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would.The beginning was really captivating, the first few pages promised something emotional and magnificent But then hm, how should I put it The thing that looked like a beginning of a story turned out to be the whole story And that was terribly disappointing I feel like there was a story there an interesting and powerful story, but the author just refused to tell it and focused on the prologue instead The book needs editing It s really short as it is, but it still needs to be cut in half Half the scenes make no sense and feel like fillers I think the novel would work better as a short story, since there really isn t much story here to tell, just a good idea and an okay twist The three older women in this book, who were supposed to be powerful and influential and complicated, turned out quite unmemorable and interchangeable Maybe I m a little harsh here, maybe the book deserves two stars But the two star rating says It was okay And that was NOT okay

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    I read this to complete the Reading Women Challenge 2018 s challenge 7 A Book Set in Russia or by a Russian Author I ve decided not to rate this one in stars, because I don t think it would be fair to the book or author I found this story to be incredibly confusing, but I think that had a lotto do with my own interpretations, as well as reading its ebook edition It looks like the physical edition has about 100pages, so I imagine that there were probably page breaks to signify nar I read this to complete the Reading Women Challenge 2018 s challenge 7 A Book Set in Russia or by a Russian Author I ve decided not to rate this one in stars, because I don t think it would be fair to the book or author I found this story to be incredibly confusing, but I think that had a lotto do with my own interpretations, as well as reading its ebook edition It looks like the physical edition has about 100pages, so I imagine that there were probably page breaks to signify narrator changes that were absent in the ebook edition This was where a lot of the confusion came from I ve never read a Russian novel before, and I did enjoy this one It was a story with many other stories inside It was certainly a good experience for me to read a perspective like this one, about the world at that time At times I laughed out loud or was otherwise very surprised In the end, I would recommend it but cannot recommend reading the ebook version, for reasons explained above

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    In Elena Chizhova s book, The Time Of Women, Antonina falls in love with a dodger and like that becomes an unwed single mother She is fortunate to find and receive a room in a communal apartment with three women who become grandmothers to her mute daughter Suzanna All three women come from a different background, but when Antonina falls sick with cancer and dies, they formulate a plan to take care of the girl Yet, this is in the Soviet era, and things aren t that simple The Time of Women g In Elena Chizhova s book, The Time Of Women, Antonina falls in love with a dodger and like that becomes an unwed single mother She is fortunate to find and receive a room in a communal apartment with three women who become grandmothers to her mute daughter Suzanna All three women come from a different background, but when Antonina falls sick with cancer and dies, they formulate a plan to take care of the girl Yet, this is in the Soviet era, and things aren t that simple The Time of Women gives the reader a look into the Russian community and shows how damaging the Soviet era was to people, even to the level of savage death.This book was challenging to read, and some of the things discussed were heart wrenching, even so, it s essential to know some of the histories behind it

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    Naisten aika avaa lukijalle el m n realiteetteja 60 luvun Neuvostoliitossa, ajalta jolloin usko kommunismin loistavaan tulevaisuuteen oli luja ja horjumaton Saamme seurata omalaatuisen perheen el m asuntopulasta k rsiv ss Leningradissa.T i ova kuvaa realistisesti arkea kommunistisessa j rjestelm ss kaikesta on pulaa, kaikkea jonotetaan, puolue vahtii jokaista Omaa yksityist minikokoista huonetta kommunalkaan joutuu jonottamaan jopa viisitoista vuotta Karun arjen kuvaukseen kolme kommu Naisten aika avaa lukijalle el m n realiteetteja 60 luvun Neuvostoliitossa, ajalta jolloin usko kommunismin loistavaan tulevaisuuteen oli luja ja horjumaton Saamme seurata omalaatuisen perheen el m asuntopulasta k rsiv ss Leningradissa.T i ova kuvaa realistisesti arkea kommunistisessa j rjestelm ss kaikesta on pulaa, kaikkea jonotetaan, puolue vahtii jokaista Omaa yksityist minikokoista huonetta kommunalkaan joutuu jonottamaan jopa viisitoista vuotta Karun arjen kuvaukseen kolme kommunismista viis veisaavat baabuskaa toivat hurmaavan tuulahduksen Mummokatras hy ri ja py ri ja kinasteli kesken n, mutta pienest myk st Sofiasta he pitiv t huolta Pidin kovasti

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