Goodbye Leningrad (2009)
Goodbye Leningrad (2009)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 1
3423248823 (ISBN13: 9783423248822)
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A very nice memoir of a young girl coming of age behind the Iron Curtain. I felt like maybe too many years were covered in a relatively small number of pages and it sapped the book of some of its potential. The emotional connection between the author and the reader never really develops. It comes as a bit of a surprise to the reader that the author so readily accepts a marriage proposal from an American student she barely knows, as you never really got the sense that she was desperate to leave the country. She seemed proud of Leningrad and accepting of the fact that she was unlikely to ever see anything of the outside world. Her interest in English and foreign students seemed more like wistfulness than preparation for an escape. She says at the end of the book that she was really trying to escape her mother, but it didn't seem that she had a very poor relationship with her mother. She aspired to be different from her mother, but don't all daughters? I give this book 3 1/2 stars. it was very interesting, reading about the life of a girl growing up in Russia in the 60s and 70s. What a hard, grey life! It reminded me very much of stories I've read about China. I guess it's the Communism that makes them both so much the same. You go to school for your country, you work for your country, you marry and have children for your country. When you want to leave, you are considered an enemy of the country. It's ridiculous. I'm so glad to have been born and raised in Canada. Very good book.
Excellent, insightful, funny, profound. Raises questions for us all.
Wonderful insight into life in Soviet Russia; I enjoyed it.
Inside Russia 1960s. Fascinating memoir.
Fascinating story of growing up Soviet.
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