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Russian Winter: A Novel por Daphne Kalotay
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Russian Winter: A Novel (original 2010; edição 2010)

por Daphne Kalotay (Autor), Kathleen Gati (Narrador), HarperAudio (Publisher)

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Former Bolshoi ballerina Nina Revskaya auctions off her jewelry collection and becomes overwhelmed by memories of her homeland, the friends she left behind amidst Stalinist aggression, and the dark secret that brought her to a new life in Boston.
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Título:Russian Winter: A Novel
Autores:Daphne Kalotay (Autor)
Outros autores:Kathleen Gati (Narrador), HarperAudio (Publisher)
Informação:HarperAudio (2010)
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Russian Winter por Daphne Kalotay (2010)

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I really did enjoy this book, even tho I read the 400 plus pages in small doses. Particularly when I began the book, I had to get accustomed to the back and forth flow of the story and characters.
The storyline revolves around the post WW2 life of a ballerina, Nina-her family and friends, and flows between her early life in Russia and her present life in the USA. A wide cast of characters is involved, once you get everyone in place the book does become a faster read. ( )
  linda.marsheells | Jun 27, 2020 |
No review/DNF

This one had ballet, an escape from Stalinest Russia, fabulous jewels, and apparently a mystery. Seemed like a can't-miss but it just never grabbed my attention.
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
This was a book about... absolutely nothing. I read half this book and could not find a discernible plot. It was comprised of a series of vignettes from the lives of three people. I have a fifty-page rule- if it's not good after fifty pages, I put it down. But I kept reading this one because I thought there would be a payoff and the random scenes would come together. Half-way through it still hadn't happened and I really didn't care enough about the characters to slog on to the end to see if there was some point to it all. Definitely not a keeper. ( )
  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
My book club chose this for our October 2019 read. It is another example of book clubs exposing readers to unknown books. This book was published in 2010 and seems to have gotten a lot of positive press but I had never heard of it. And it is the kind of book that really appeals to me containing history and mysterious circumstances together with a modern day romance. I'm glad I read it.

Nina Revskaya was a ballet dancer with the famed Bolshoi Ballet during the Stalin era in the USSR. Her talent and hard work caused her to rise through the ranks becoming a prima ballerina while still very young. We know from the present day story that she defected from the USSR eventually settling in Boston. Grigori Solodin was also born in the USSR and now lives in Boston where he is the head of the Department of Foreign Languages in some university. Grigori was brought up with the knowledge that he was adopted and that his mother was a ballerina. When he first came to Boston he contacted Nina and tried to get her to look at some documents and pictures that had been left for him by his birth mother. Nina refused to have any further contact with him but Grigori believes that she must be his mother. When he sees a notice that all of Nina's jewellery is going to be auctioned to raise funds for the Boston Ballet he believes that a recent letter he wrote to her must be the reason she took this step. He decides to donate an amber pendant that also came to him from his birth mother at the same auction. Drew Brooks from the auction house wants to know more about the pieces to fill out the auction catalogue.

As the present day story unfolds we follow Nina's remembrances of her time in the USSR. NIna is now wheelchair bound but she remembers well the physicality of her life as a ballerina. She also remembers Viktor Elsin, a poet, who became her lover and then her husband. And she remembers the terror of living through the Stalin era when anyone could be arrested and imprisoned. These passages were the most interesting part of the book for me.

Between each chapter one lot from the auction is detailed. Pay close attention to these descriptions because they will reappear in the story, sometimes quite unexpectedly.

Recommended for people who enjoy a good historical mystery. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 28, 2019 |
I did enjoy reading about the ballet training but while I was reading this in the hospital. I kept having unpleasant memories of my Russian (retired) ballerina who was exactly in what she expected of our class for our grade and yet she shipped coming to class for all but the first class. Not all Russian ballerinas are not alike because not all human are. But as I was reading this book, my bad memories came storming back to interrupt the book. I thought that the book was very slow paced at the beginning and no matter how I tried, I could not interested in her life.

It is a shame, I remember going to that Russian building in the New Word' s fair and buying a book about the Bolshoi Ballet and reading it and re-reading it. I still have the book. I have always been interested in Russian ballet.

Drew Brooks was getting older and like the main character of this book, Nina Revakaya loved her privacy and wanted to just shut out the world and enjoy being alone. But she wanted to solve the mysteries behind Nina's collection of jewelry.

I will not tell you the story but I do hope that if you decide to read it, you do not have any bad Russian ballerina memories to disturb you throughout the book! ( )
  Carolee888 | Jun 20, 2019 |
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Despite its engaging suspense, pristine character development, and jolting plot twists, the novel’s sentences can feel rambling and comma-heavy. Certain passages burst with unnecessary asides and needless details, which at times can bog down this otherwise gripping conflict. Other times, some characters’ behavior is so melodramatic as to make them seem cartoonish. These hammy expressions are distracting, as if to force readers to feel for these characters when, in actuality, such empathy comes naturally to a writer like Kalotay.

The length of the novel also makes for a small but noteworthy letdown—the climax is spectacular but disproportionate to a 459-page story. It comes slowly, meticulously, and fantastically—but then it quickly goes, with a resolution that also feels too short.

Still, Russian Winter is a fantastic first novel. The drama of Soviet oppression isn’t laid on too thick, and the hidebound world of the Bolshoi ballet, though pertinent to Nina’s life, doesn’t suffocate the story. Instead, human emotions breathe human qualities into this novel: passion, pain, love, jealousy, insolence, regret, loneliness, loss.
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