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The Madonnas of Leningrad


This is a brilliant and moving debut novel about one woman's struggle to preserve an artistic heritage from the horrors and destruction of World War ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 2.750
Patricia M

Not what I expected

by Patricia M on May 5, 2014

The book was slow, and really couldn't retain my interest.

Phyllis B

Not my Favorite Book

by Phyllis B on Nov 7, 2013

The used book arrived in very good condition. I am very happy about that!!! But, the story did not not make me happy to read the book. I think the intent was to tell the readers about the horrors of the 2nd World War and the horrors of Dementia. I know both of these horrors from hearing about and living with both of them. I would not recommend this book unless the reader does not already know about the 2d World War or Dementia.



by laughingcat on Apr 18, 2009

I just finished this wonderful book about the siege of Leningrad in the 1940s that was a real eye opener. I had no idea that they suffered so much in WWII. The starvation was beyond belief. The main character was given a pine branch to eat (from some soldiers) and she was so happy. She ate the whole branch, including bark and needles. They even boiled some needles to make a broth-y soup for the family. I can't imagine that. They didn't even fear the bombs that fell. They could barely stand up from their emaciated state. People died every day and their wasn't enough wood left to build the simplest coffins. It always gives me new perspective.



by MLE59 on Apr 10, 2008

I know this is a "hot" book club read. I don't understand the attraction. It is nicely written, but not particularly impressive. The action moves back and forth through time, something I found very annoying (although in Those Who Saved Us - which I loved - that movement of setting back and forth through time wasn't an issue for me). There were not any characters who I felt drawn to. I have traveled to Russia several times and didn't even feel drawn to the setting. Certainly, it was set during a horrific time and the challenges of survival were unstinting. Somehow, I just could get involved with it. The book just left me very sanguine. If I hadn't a club meeting coming up, I would not have finished it.

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