A magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the international bestselling author of TULLY and ROAD TO PARADISE Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living ...
A magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the international bestselling author of TULLY and ROAD TO PARADISE Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents. The routine of their hard impoverished life is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. For the Metanov family, for Leningrad and particularly for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On that fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young man named Alexander. The family suffers as Hitler's army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winter closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn inexorably to each other, but theirs is a love that could tear Tatiana's family apart, and at its heart lies a secret that could mean death to anyone who hears it. Confronted on the one hand by Hitler's vast war machine, and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.
Everytime I read a book like this with the main female character with no personality, virginal, innocent, dumb and never been kissed I wonder did a guy write this. Amazingly they are being written by women. Tatiana is so immature and stupid I wondered if I was reading a book intended for Junior High school Girls. I wanted to read about Russian History I had never read anything about it or about their culture. I was disappointed that it did not explain more about the period's beliefs about women, their role in society and acceptable social conduct for that period of time. It could have been set now. They seemed no different than girls now days. With the sister Dasha going to clubs and not coming home most nights and then we have pure virginal sister who has never even kissed a guy. I wonder how accurate the history is also since the herione and Alexander were so unreal. If you like reading about Virgins that are more innocent than Mary Mother of God getting it their first time this is the novel for you. If you want depth and real people with real problems and flaws read a real novel GONE WITH THE WIND.
Dec 23, 2007
Children of Russia
This book is the first in a trilogy woven about a pair of Russian lovers. The author deals in complicated plots and characters with whom one gets emotionally involved. After this book, every minor affliction that bruises my life gets measured against the siege of Leningrad. Alexander is your quintessential war hero, Tatiana his match in courage, ability, and passion. After they are rescued from a deception that seeks to protect her sister from realizing it is Tatiana he loves, further obstacles to their union diversify and multiply. By that time you are so bound up with the characters that you need to accompany them on their tortuous journey. For those who have issues with portrayals of explicit sex, it seems to me you have choices: Skip the books, skip the passages at issue, or see them as expressions of a sacred, God-given intimacy.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-28 Set in her native St. Petersburg, Russia, Simons's latest thick novel (after Tully, etc.) focuses on a WWII love affair. As the story opens, Tatiana, the youngest member of the Metanova family, is just 17; she still shares a bed with her older sister, Dasha. Not long after the country goes to war with Germany, Tatiana meets Alexander, a soldier, and sparks fly. It turns out, however, that Alexander is the same soldier Dasha has been crowing about. Possessed of a strong sense of family loyalty, and living under conditions that permit no privacy, Tatiana refuses to interfere with her sister's happiness, but the attraction between Tatiana and Alexander proves too powerful. Complicating matters, another soldier, Dimitri, has information that could destroy Alexander, and Dimitri likes Tatiana, too. In order to protect both Dasha's feelings and Alexander's life, the star-crossed lovers become part of a deceptive quadrangle as war intensifies around them. Taking her title from a tragic poem by Alexandr Pushkin, Simons skillfully highlights the ironies of the socialist utopia. Despite the novel's sprawling length and its seemingly epic scope, the nearly single-minded focus on dialogue between Tatiana and Alexander leaves other character development shortchanged and the reader with the impression of a peculiarly tiny canvas. Nave and occupying the Cinderella role in her family, Tatiana is certainly a survivor though one who finally outstays her welcome. While her love story is often both tender and fierce, it is also overwrought and prolonged past the breaking point. (June) Forecast: An advertising blitz, five-city author tour and glamorous jacket may distract readers from the novel's shortcomings and ensure short-term success (foreign rights have been sold in 10 countries), but this is not the Russian Thorn Birds the publisher hopes it will be. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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