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What did you love best about Putin Country?
I loved how it gave personal stories about how people are finding ways to survive in a deeply chaotic Russia as well as their history under the Soviet Union and how things have changed yet also remained the same.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Putin Country?
The story of the disabled children and the brave people building resources for them. That really hit home as I know that this is a real struggle even in America.
Which character – as performed by Anne Garrels – was your favorite?
I would say the women who's working toward building the disabled center for children.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I think the scenes involving the struggles of families with disabled children; how the government encouraged them to hand their children over to the States foster system. I was incredulous at that system and how it continues to fail these children and abuse them.
Any additional comments?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of history and I think this book blended past events with the way things are now in Russia very well. It was a great view into a changed society and how the legacy of the Soviet Union continues to plague the vast territory of the new Russia, and how there's so much more to the situation than just the fall of the wall or glasnost. There's a deeper legacy and it will be interesting to see how things play out for this large country in the decades to come.
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I was keen to get this book after I heard the author interviewed on NPR. I know little about Russia, and Garrels does an excellent job of explaining how the changes of the last 30 years (and the Soviet era before) have affected people's lives.
As a broadcast journalist, she does her own narration, which adds a lot to this first-person account.
Highly recommended for anyone who is curious about how and why Putin is so popular, and what Russians really think about their country's situation.
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