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Showing posts from July, 2008

Books Read in July

I will start with my beloved 'Russians',i.e. books related to Russia:

The Madonnas of Leningrad

;">The Madonnas of Leningrad</span> by Debra Dean: A haunting, moving novel which tells the story of Marina, who is struggling to help save the paintings at the Hermitage in Peter the Great's 'city of silver and gold'. She is helped by her friend to memorise the paintings in each room. The book is set during the terrible siege of Leningrad when millions died and people suffered with dreadful hunger and poverty. Many years later Marina is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and her daughter faces the heart-rending task of helping her. This is an unforgettable debut novel.

Pasternak: A Biography by Ronald Hingley

"You have invited me to my own execution," the great Russian writer said when he handed Dr.Zhivago to the publisher, Feltrinelli. He was not executed, but the account of his abuse by the government of the Soviet Union and even his fellow wr…

Books Read in June

Pamela: In Her Own Right by Pamela Myer Warrender

Pamela was born into luxury and privilege at the tastefully furnished Heymount in Melbourne. In her younger days she modelled in Paris, mixed with the English aristocracy and worked for her family's famous department store, Myers. She married the son of an English lord.

Even though 'the rich are different', they also have their problems and Pamela's adult life was difficult. Her parents separated; the Myer childen had a fight against the fairness of their father's will; and her husband had problems with his businesses. She also suffered from a death in the family. It is interesting to see how resilient Pamela coped but the second half of the book is understandably miserable.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Contains Spoilers)

Like all Russian classics this is full of themes and layers so it can be read again and again. The tragic story of the complicated Anna, who ruins her life by her adultery with a younger officer, …