Most books about the Soviet Union focus on politics, food shortages, or lack of democratic freedoms.
This collection of stories portrays everyday experiences of a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s.
Childhood can be a magical and innocent time, oblivious to political regimes and problems. And that's what these 12 stories strive to convey.
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A wonderful joy to the senses
Captivating and informative collection of stories
I would listen to it again, just to be able to revisit and experience the author's world and gain more insight that I did during the first listen.
I really liked hearing the author's perspective on growing up in the Soviet Union. It was unique and interesting to learn about the day to day lives of the people. With all of the politics that permeates the news nowadays, it was a breath of fresh air to hear about regular people simply living their lives. The author did a great job of captivating the emotions and atmosphere of her childhood and she painted a vivid and realistic picture with her words.
One of my favorite scenes was at the beginning of the book, when the author describes going to the palace for the traditional Christmas festivities. The details were great.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to view the Soviet Union from a child's perspective. It is very eye-opening and enjoyable.