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: The Novel of Russia

While on the bank, the last red light from the huge sky eerily caught the stands of bare larch and birch so that it appeared as if whole armies with massed lances were waiting by the riverbank to greet them. Welcome Please choose your regional russoa You learn a lot about the various invaders of Russia, the way the Russian people lived at various times in its history and how the culture shifted due to all these influences. In Russka, it spans some nearly years through a sprawling country filled with different peoples and cultures.

You will also see my terms and conditions, and charges. I am 5 chapters into it and I get the feeling that I will like it soon. The snowy landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the darker lines of the trees stretching until they seemed to become one with the snow of the gusska steppe beyond.

This seems to be due partly to historical gender roles and partly to Rutherfurd’s lack of interest in other aspects of women’s lives also evident in the dearth of women: Like James Michener, Edward Rutherford packs a lot into his historical fiction books. Recommended for devotees of James Michener and Sarum. Saw the barbarism of the first settlements by nomadic people,the cruelty of Ivan the Terrible,the pompous hypocricy of the court of Catherine The Great and the confusion and despair of the 19th century and the excitement and fear of the pre-revolutionary era.


Inthe City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place ‘Rutherfurd Walk’. Here was all the rutherfurdd that made me almost give up on London. The map and the family tree at the beginning are invaluable. I was really into edwzrd Russian for a few months and I picked it up then. I really had no clue on so many things. The ending was weak; I didn’t feel like I had a handle on the Revolution as on the earlier eras, and would have liked to read more about the 20th century.

However, if you are looking for a good story, this book is not for you.

The story unfolds somewhat slowly, after all it does so over such a huge time span that other writers would have probably divided it into three or four different books. Aug 09, M.

Besides telling an engrossing story Russian history is fascinating, and I am amazed how Edward Rutherfurd was able to put it all in a very readable and enjoyable novel. See all 4 questions about Russka….

There could have been a little more in the way of experiencing events that made Russian history. In this story, Rutherfurd has created a very interesting and ruxska relationship between Boris and Elena, a young married couple who do everything they can to destroy one another. I enjoy history when it’s about the social russak of history, real people, real stories and I think the core family characters give the reader the impetus to want to keep going and discovering more.

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Here is a story of a great civilization made human, played out ruxska the lives of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of their land. And so, I see, was the winding path of my own confused life, he thought. The narrative spans 1, years of Russian history.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Would I tell everyone I know to try it? Petersburg, this glorious, mesmerizing city, and the Golden Age of Russia. I think if you’re looking for something that gives you a wide perspective of what was happening throughout Russian history then you should pick up this book.


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In a world without Michener, I’m especially glad there’s Rutherfurd. It is better as educational fiction; few people in the west have a level of understanding of Russian history that is deserving of its colourful past and that is the strength of this book. I find that he makes a habit of this sometimes, creating a mundane story set in what should one of the most interesting periods of the history of the place he covers.

Book Review: Russka by Edward Rutherfurd

The most compelling section was towards the end detailing the fall of the Tsar and the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a Bolshevik and one of the lesser nobility in which Rutherfurd’s trademark strengths shone through.

Any writer has personal tics that are bound to annoy you ruthrfurd awhile. That the years from onward are condensed into a very small percentage of the book is a gift – we’ve been reading that history for decades, we know those stories. Characters I loved and hated. And I avoid short-story compilations religiously, so that’s saying something.

But since others found this tedious, I’ll add that the book seemed aimed toward readers who a have some interest in Russian history and b don’t know a great deal about it already.

A land of antitheses, a land of classical and primitive beauty, a land created by blood, tears and religion, a land where every form of Art flourished, giving birth to Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Gorgi, Nureyev, and the list is endless. I won’t be put off by this book though, and am looking forward to reading his new one, New York. Russka First edition cover.

I enjoy reading about how major historic events affect the people who have no influence or power but must live with the consequences. There could have been a little more in the way of experiencing events that made Russian history.

I like Edward Rutherfurd books just in case I haven’t mentioned before. Den originale er trods alt skrevet i !! Nov 12, Bookeater.