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The Man Booker Prize is an eminent guide to what is regarded is amongst the best contemporary writing. As a result I listened to Snowdrops, which was on the 2012 short list.
I will be interested to know what other audible reviewers think of this acclaimed book. Try as I might, I could not become interested in the dreariness of Russia and the characters. The writing was succinct -- very skilful -- and enriched with the details of place. The author captured the sense of an outsider trying to understand where he fits into his old and the new society. The story-line demonstrates how inaccessible a new society can be, however well meaning and sincere the motives of the outsider can be.
The modulations of reader's gentle tone -- he addresses the listener directly -- cleverly reflected the content.
I would not be surprised if other reviewers give 5 stars to all aspects of Snowdrop. My ratings reflect the fact that ultimately I simply was not drawn to any of these people and their lives.
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If you could sum up Snowdrops in three words, what would they be?
Snowmelt reveals Russia
Who was your favorite character and why?
the narrator because he is the one who is experiencing the truth of modern Russia and its moral degradation while at the same time retaining glimpses of its former glory. He also identifies the human experience of loss of something treasured despite its degeneracy.
What does Kevin Howarth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His amazing variation of voice brings alive the experience of Russia in a way that simply reading it cannot.
If you could take any character from Snowdrops out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The narrator, the lawyer, because he has been caught up in the moral degeneracy of modern Russia and in the end is able to see it and understand it without discarding it. That's the way it is in Russia and those who have felt it feel a sense of loss on leaving it.
Any additional comments?
AD Miller is well qualified to write about Russia. He is a British journalist trained at Cambridge and Princeton who was for 4 years a correspondent for
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to read foreigner/expatriate's perspective of real life in Russia with its beauty and ugliness well balance. The author is not patronising which is refreshing. Excellent Debut. The only complaint is narrators russian pronounciations. Inaccurate and not really good. However, his switch between british and american was pretty good.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The actual reading was fine - the story was just a bit dreary and you could see what was going to happen almost from the start. The reading was a bit downbeat which added to the feeling of gloom. Atmosphere was good but it never really went anywhere interesting. So, overall, not terrible, but not worth getting very excited about.
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