Russka: The Novel of Russia Paperback – Mar 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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.
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As with most historical novels, it was also depressing being reminded that human nature remains the same and fails to keep pace with advances in technology. Too often, the novel is a reminder that power triumphs and that good people never have the same voracious desire for control that is necessary to overcome the self-aggrandizing psychopaths in society. Rutherfurd ably demonstrates the dangers of theocracies, and he eloquently shows how democracy can never exist in countries where there are factions that are unwilling to compromise. Definitely not an ‘upper’, but certainly an engrossing read.
Like "Sarum", which tells the hisstory of England, "Russka" is the hisstory of Russia told from the point of view of three families, each occupying a different position in russian society. From the II century, through the tsarist empire and finally the October Revolution, Rutherfurd, in more than 900 pages, was able to provide his readers with the right blend between a well-created fiction with the most important parts of russian history. And yet, I thought this book was shorter than it could be.
Rutherfurd's style sometimes leave the reader tired. Some of his sentences are a little too prosaic for the kind of fiction he's intended to write. He abuses the right to use the word "For" (as in "For Nicolai was the greatest poet in Ukraine") to begin a phrase. One other problem I found was concerning the division of the book. The part I expected the most was the Revolution. I was satisfied when I read it. It's well written, interesting and holds the attention of the reader. In fact, the Revolution is the climax of russian history (at least in my opinion, I'm not russian and I really don't know that much about russian history), and the author does a good job in building the tension and creating a very "russian" atmosphere in the previous chapters before the revolution. But the problem is that, after 1917, the book ends.Read more ›
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It was difficult to follow without the "cast of characters" that comes in the paper version.Published 10 months ago by Janice Mount Lowell
Awesome, as all Edward Rutherford novels are!! Can't put them down.Published 19 months ago by kwlnl
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 on June 7 2014 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 on April 10 2014 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 on Sept. 23 2013 by jill brock