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The Ice Road

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Boris Ivanov is a political pragmatist who knows how to protect his family. But there are interlopers in Boris's family circle: his best friend ... Show synopsis

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David  S

The Ice Road

by David S on Mar 24, 2012

This is a deeply impressive novel. It follows the lives of a small number of characters living in Leningrad/St Petersburg from 1934 to 1942. The underlying Russian culture, Stalin's purges and the appalling suffering of the Siege of Leningrad are all seen through the prism of the lives of these central characters. The problems of individual will, self-determination and trying to preserve your individual humanity in a totalitarian society are keenly explored. A certain amount remains a mystery; the history and the thoughts of the "orphan," Anya, for instance - a central character who remains an enigma. I found it difficult to decide if this was a great novel or just a very good one. I think, overall, it is a great one. Perhaps some of the characters do not completely come alive and there is much more you would have loved to have known. But it is already a 540-page novel and some mystery and wonder is a good thing. Slovo presents a thoroughly memorable set of characters, events and plot which made a deep impression on me.

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