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A whole lifetime of struggle of twenty years recounted in A Red Boyhood as it steps beyond a history of the time, reaching through the everyday reality of life in a Stalins Russia. <br/><br/>Here is my only but, it is very well told but I would have loved more detail. The utter misery this gentleman & his family went through is truly tragic, but oddly is told in sometimes bland detail. I felt for him but often did not feel the misery of it all. I do not want books to be overly sad, but I felt more details as to how awful his life was with more descriptions would have made this good book a great book.<br/><br/>Saying that Konstantin's story is rich with details of everyday life, attitudes, traditions, and determination allowing readers to see a time where so much was hidden, glimpsing bits and pieces which could only be know by someone who had lived those days, in the horrors of communist Russia. <br/><br/>It details his struggles prior to WW2, through the war, & then his time in communist Berlin, finally with the wonderful ending his ultimate dream does come true.<br/><br/>May I also recommend if you are interested in Russia, to look at Red Notice, that is about modern day Russia & how unbelievably corrupt it is. Red Notice is a truly amazing story that will shock you to the core. <br/>
This book is one of the few first hand accounts of its kind. However, the beautifully written text is alone in talent / impact. Please read.