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Rutherfurd weaves an expansive tapestry of Russian lore in this sprawling, occasionally soap-operatic historical novel--a seven-week PW bestseller and a Literary Guild selection in cloth--which vividly explores the historical influences on the modern Russian psyche.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In his newest novel, Rutherfurd does for Russia what his last novel, Sarum ( LJ 9/15/87), did for England. Focusing on a small farming community in the Russian heartland between the Dnieper and the Don at the edge of the steppes, he traces its growth through its inhabitants from the first Tatar raid on the Slavs through the Cossacks, aristocrats, and an emigre's recent return. These interconnected lives present a vast panoramic portrait of Russia and its history. However, abundance of historic detail, fascinating though it is, intrudes and overwhelms. Transitions from intertwined stories of succeeding generations are abrupt and the reader longs for more character and plot development. Recommended for devotees of James Michener and Sarum . Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/91.
- Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loving this book----just as good as all his other novels------particularly enjoy the history and variety of characters. I always learn something interesting.Published 15 months ago by Marianne Clayton
This is an excellent book. I would appreciate a better map and a glossary of terms with a time line in the back of the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by P. Halliday
Edward Rutherford not only follows the historical development of Russia but infuses its history with the emotional lives of its characters both fictional and real. Read morePublished 23 months ago by jill brock
This excellent work employs the same formula as in Rutherfurd's first book, Sarum: The Novel of England, which, as I have said in my review of that excellent work, is one of my all... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2010 by C. J. Thompson
I have read a number of books by Rutherfurd, including Sarum, the Forest, and London. In my opinion each of these novels was excellent to outstanding. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2007 by D. Brocks
Like his English history novels Sarum and London, Rutherfurd puts people into history in a way that leaves you feeling as though you've lived in their time and place. Read morePublished on June 20 2004