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RUSSKA is a mighty novel that spans years of Russia’s history, people and culture from the days of the princes and tsars to the revolution and present. A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which. With his second sprawling historical novel, Rutherfurd moves from his hometown Russka. Edward Rutherfurd, Author, Betty Prashker, Editor Crown Publishing.

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Each chapter covers a period of time, some following right on the heels of the previous chapter and others leaving gaps of decades or centuries; it’s nice to ruthherfurd the family tree in the front of the book to refer to. I like Edward Rutherfurd books just in case I haven’t mentioned before. And so, I see, was the winding path of my own confused life, he thought.

The primary storyline that finally emerges depicts three rival families who have ties in the quintessential village of Russka: Awakening New York Paris The map and the family tree at the beginning are invaluable. A rich tapestry of source material for his epic novel you would imagine.

Rutherfurd managed to insert bits of historic facts and excessive geographic details into the fable-like narratives. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. And the eventual chaos after the collapse of the USSR also becomes easier to understand.

A word on the history: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy rutuerfurd Terms of Service. Overall, the majority of this book was too middle of the road, too plodding to be truly enjoyable or to truly absorb yourself into the prose. Saw the barbarism of the first settlements by nomadic people,the cruelty of Ivan the Terrible,the eddward hypocricy of the court of Catherine The Great and the confusion and despair of the 19th century and the excitement and fear of the pre-revolution One of the richest historical tapestries written in the 20th century bringing Russian pre-revolutionary history to life like nothing since Tolstoy.

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This is a typical Rutherfurd book in that it spans many centuries following the same families. Here is a story of a great civilization made human, played out through the lives of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of their land. Characters I loved and hated. I wanted to give this book three stars — “liked it”, by goodreads’ definition. Deward more book reviews, discussions and fiction writing at my blog The primary storyline that finally emerges depicts three rival families who have ties in the quintessential village of Russka: Reading the 11th century chapter, I felt my heart eeward to sink.

Recommended for devotees of James Michener and Sarum.

Russka: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherfurd

A pesar de ello, es un libro recomendable para adentrarte en la cultura e historia rjtherfurd de forma amena. Las conexiones entre personajes son tan constantes en los siglos y tan poco probables que la credibilidad se pierde por completo.

It was fascinating to see this high medieval world looked in Russia instead of the much-covered western Europe and crusades into the Holy Land.

Reading the 11th century chapter, I felt my heart begin to sink. It spends a very short chapter in the Soviet era, and then ends in the post Soviet era of Russia in the early s. But it really works. A difficult section to read due to the unpleasant relationship she has with her father after her brother is taken and her mother killed by Tatars.

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He has two children.

But nonsensical mistakes and unrealistic details in the last chapter of the book devoted to the Soviet and post Soviet times made it imp If you know nothing about Russia, this makes for a five star read, but if you do know about it and especially if you lived there, things get more complicated.

I loved every minute of it and lived with the figures in the novel-wept ,rejoiced and feared for them.

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Like Edward Rutherfurd’s other books, Russka focuses on one place, and tells its story through the centuries. Overall, the majority of this book was too middle of the road, too plodding to be truly enjoyable or to truly absorb yourself into the prose. There was a problem adding your email address. Russka is so long and dense and covers so many years with so many people that it is easier to dip in and out with it. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, Rutjerfurd, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing.

We even get to experience trench warfare as Germany attacks Russia in I feel there was more history and character development in this one than in Sarum and I liked it better.

That, too, was necessary.