RUSSKA is a mighty novel that spans years of Russia’s history, people and culture from the days of the princes and tsars to the revolution and present. A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which. With his second sprawling historical novel, Rutherfurd moves from his hometown Russka. Edward Rutherfurd, Author, Betty Prashker, Editor Crown Publishing.
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Russka by Edward Rutherfurd
Father Luke had perhaps seen it all, years ago, when he had said that each moral finds his own way to God. These are books to savor.
Laced with universal human truths. But it really works. The narrative begins in the pre-historic era prior to Kiev and spans the Kievan Rus, the Mongol period, the era rutherrurd Ivan the Terrible and the Romanov period. If you wish to hire MG Mason rsska your freelance content writing needs, please contact me via the Writing Services Page. Like Michener, Rutherfurd makes his characters play second fiddle to the place and historical events.
If Russia’s guiding force is not religion, then her people will be listless. I guess I achieved that goal, but on the whole, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as, say, “London”, “Dublin” or “Sarum”.
The dialog is spirited and flowing. Again, I did not like this element of The Forest but it worked eddard better here, possibly because he is using the method so late on in the book when the families are established.
A word of caution, though. I wanted to read it, I wanted to learn as much about Russian history as I had about English history.
I like Edward Rutherfurd books just in case I haven’t mentioned before. For me it remains russska best work. He does spend quite a bit of time on certain periods and glosses over others. His books are series of interconnected short stories, which are set in different eras of history. Videos about this book Buy Online Click below to purchase this book in all formats: Especially considering that it would take you over pages of reading to come to that conclusion.
It quickly became a New York Times bestseller.
Welcome Please choose your regional preference: Refresh and try again. We move on to the time Ivan Grozny- more commonly known as Ivan the Terrible- and the era in which Moscow becomes the heart and jewel of Russia. His characters are fleshed out and represent their respective eras. Here was all the problems that made me almost give up on London. The collapse of rutherfhrd Soviet union and the heroic stand by the people of Moscow against the failed Stalinist coup would have enriched and completed the account.
This sprawling fictional novel stuffs more than a thousand years of Russian history into a bit less than thousand pages, fast-forwarding after the October revolution and so devoting only two or three sentences to the Great Patriotic War I was a bit disappointed with this book. But somehow maybe because of the length of time or in the stories of the people he chose to tell, I did not connect to the characters and their parts in such hug I am a big fan of Edward Rutherfurd’s huge historical epics spanning the history of a place by linking it through the generations of sdward families.
I’m saddened by man’s inhumanity to man – and mindful that we all particpate in it, no matter what country or time or activity we ar Insightful. And the eventual chaos after the collapse of the USSR also becomes easier to understand. After this we move onto Catherine and as with Londonthis is where the book really takes off.
It’s historical fiction so it does make you want to check which parts are accurate and which aren’t but it doesn’t make a huge mystery out of it and you can mostly see which parts are true. It’s great and I would read it again as I have read Sarum a few times. Literary Guild Dual Selection for October. But nonsensical mistakes and unrealistic details in the last chapter of the book devoted to the Soviet and post Soviet times made it imp If you know nothing about Russia, this makes for a five star read, but if you do know about it and especially if you lived there, things get more complicated.
View all 4 comments. I found the first chapter, and to a lesser extent the second, to be tedious, before Rutherfurd finally hit his stride in the 13th century. Oni i ne slute da su jos od zlatnog Kijeva, kao rodjaci i prijatelji, gospodar Jedna knjiga- jedan potpuno novi svet!
Russka: The Novel of Russia
Here is a story of a great civilization made human, played out through the lives of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of their land. Reading the 11th century chapter, I felt my heart begin to rueska. I have tried to finish this book at least 3 times. So what keeps this from being a 5-star book?