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Excellent historical novel which opens in 1941 Leningrad at the precipice of the German invasion is the story of Anna an artist and her family and their #survival in the siege Moving Terrific read for anyone interested in historical Dramas Of This Time Period #in the siege Moving Terrific read for anyone interested in historical Dramas Of This Time Period Who of this time period or who like a gripping beautifully written story of survival and love The 3 star rating reflects my reaction to this book rather than its uality I can appreciate that this is not a book to be njoyed as such given its horrific subject matter but I really didn t Modern South Asia enjoy thexperience of reading it I found the narrative stilted and too Picture Theory episodic and I didn t feel particularmpathy for any of the characters It was always going to be depressing but I found it turgidly so by halfway through and I am very grateful to have finished Having read other reviews
I M DEFINITELY IN THE MINORITY HERE I ADMIRE m definitely in the minority here I admire Dun s writing but I simply did not Ancestral Voices enjoy this book The high up ones start things but it s us who have to finish them off The bottom line of all warsI have always liked reading novels reflecting the war and the wounds it inflicts on ordinary p Story set immediately before and during the first year of the Siege of Leningrad it focuses around 5 characters a dissident writer Mikhail his nursery school teacher daughter Anna his son Kolya as his Doctor wife the strong willed Vera died in childbirth Annaffectively is Kolya s mother and Marina a reclusive and discredited artist friend of Mikhail who comes to live with them after the siege and who it becomes clear was a once lover of Mikhail and Andrei a Doctor who works on a volunteer force with Mikhail visits Anna to tell her he is wounded but OK and then gradually becomes her lover and And Bid Him Sing eventually moves into their appartment Another two characters literally in a fable from the Napoleonic attack on Russia told by her father and figuratively throughout are hunger and the winterThe book is mainly in the present tense which seems to fit well the immediacy of the story and the day to day if not hour to hour nature of theirxistence and fight for survival Anna is normally the main character despite the book being written in the third person so the occasional sections shifting to another character in particular the passages switching to Pavlov the logistical planner for Leningrad s hopelessly inadeuate food supplies can jarSimilarly as the siege takes hold and food supplies dwindle and almost disappear the book and characters close in on themselves and their appartment and on simple survival and the need for sustenance and this fits the author s terse but poetic writing styleA haunting tale which I found incredibly Aristotle Detective (Aristotle engrossing at the time one of my very young children wasn tating very well and I found it hard to not somehow think that this was a crucial matter of her health also I was tired and fe. Called legantly starkly beautiful by The New York Times Book Review The Siege is Helen Dun's masterpiece Her canvas is monumental the Nazis' 1941 winter siege on Leningrad that killed six hundred thousand but her focus is heartrendingly intimate One family the Levins. ,
Is year verything changed Ice broke loose from the compacted mass around the Strelka Seagulls preened on the floes as the current swept them under bridges and down the widening Neva to the sea It will nd with Spring
a year later but by that time a large part of the Leningrad population will have diedyear later but by that time a large part of the Leningrad population will have died cold or malnutrition as the German armies hold the city in a relentless siegeDun begins gently almost lyrically in a small dacha outside the city Not that veryday life is asy Her protagonist 23 year old Anna Mikhailova Levin has had to abandon her studies as an artist to look after her baby brother Kolya when her mot This turned out to be a deeply absorbing and fascinating story about the seige of Lenigrad It describes in detail the terrible trauma of living through such an ordeal when half the population of the city died from starvation and the cold a First and foremost I d describe The Siege as a very claustrophobic novel It takes place in Stalingrad during the German assault but I rarely had a sense of a city in this book It often felt like the characters were living in virtual isolation in the midst of some dystopian wasteland It always felt the world was far removed When a character left the apartment I saw not city streets but a kind of anonymous rural landscape I was never uite convinced the author could see Stalingrad not once did she make me see it The novel s drama is almost ntirely focused on the fight against starvation and the cold I found the author went overboard with the Building the Cold War effects of starvation as if determined to cataloguevery single symptom It was perhaps realistic but it wasn t very successful in terms of dramatic tension It began to get very repetitive The book needed variety of focus It s as if she realised this and now and again inserts an omniscient overview of the bigger picture but this didn t work for me It was telling not showing Its saving grace Is The Uality Of The Writing It S A the uality of the writing It s a fine passages of prose rather than memorable characters or intricately plotted and pulsating ley lines 35 stars The novel revolves around five interwoven lives during the war when Leningrad was completely surrounded by the Germans Winter came and there was no food or coal it was a brutal winter and one half of the population of the city perishedThere are fantastic descriptions of what the city looked and felt like The heroism of the people who were described was incredible There is so much history to be learned for this book love determination heroism redemption survival it s all thereAnother great historical novel by Ms Dun After I read this book I remember doing a lot of research about this time in Leningrad it was a terrible time for those who lived thereall time favorite This book made such an impression on me that I still can think about it and feel as though I was there. Ly thin Their father a blacklisted writer who once advocated a robust life of the mind withers in spirit and body At such brutal times Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) everything is tested And yet Dun's inspiring story shows thatven then the triumph of the human heart is that love need not fall away. Lt reluctant to succumb to sleep because it might be like surrendering to the cold and not waking up again as well as beautifully written The story is Counter-Amores extremely readableasy to and best read in a few sittingsSome of the details are terrible such as the baby opposite who dies of malnutrition from its young mother s inadvertent ignorance and neglect the bodies left dead in houses given the cold there and the impossibility of burial The description of cold and hunger and its physical and psychological Dancing at Armageddon effects with Andrei acting as anxcuse to introduce scientific detail are shocking but compellingThere are great reference to Russian literature specially Pushkin the author describes the Baltic seasons beautifully and gives a good insight into Stalinist Russia As I read this book on my couch after dinner drinking a beer and njoying the warm summer night I found myself tensing against a monstrous cold that had become so physical that I couldn t unfeel it despite my knowledge that it was only words on paperIn The Siege Dun weaves together the huge and small stories of the siege of Leningrad in a way that reminded me of The Grapes of Wrath and The Book Thief It s very Composition and Literature effective the grand descriptions of the land and the cold create a mythical world and the straightforward lives of the Levin family make that world real and terrible It was sometimes hard to readspecially while cradling my newborn baby but so humanely observant that I couldn t put it downDun S Writing Especially Her writing Cezanne and Provence especially her astonished me throughout I want to readverything she s written But first I m going to read City of Thieves at Roses s recommendation for what looks to be a very different angle on the same damn siege The Fuehrer has decided to have Leningrad wiped from the face of the Dark Voices earth Such a harrowing read as Dun gives us an insight into what it was like to live through the first winter of the siege of Leningrad In another author s hands this might have been lush with romantic melodrama but Dun keeps it clean and cold allowing the details to speak for themselves Kolya s childish whining as he cannot understand why he can t have another spoonful of precious hoarded jam the uiet yet deep relationship between Anna and Andrei who fall in love in the most inauspicious of circumstances the visceral cold as temperatures drop and water freezes in rooms with no power theffect on human nature the frightening competition for almost non xistent resources the moments of compassion and friendship the look and feel and smell of bodies slowly starving Through it of compassion and friendship the look and feel and smell of bodies slowly starving Through it what merges is the will and determination of some people to survive a paean to Leningrad and the human spirit Waiting for SpringHelen Dun s marvelous novel surely her best begins with Spring in 1941 And then just when it seemed as if summer would forget about Leningrad th. Fights to stay alive in their small apartment held together by the unlikely courage and resourcefulness of twenty two year old Anna Though she dreams of an artist's life she must instead forage for food in the ver desperate city and watch her little brother grow cruel. .