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White Nights, Red Morning (The Russians) (edició 1996)
de Judith Pella (Autor)
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White Nights, Red Morning de Judith Pella
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This is book six in The Russians series and when I finished book five I wasn't sure the author could continue to hold my attention. But I must say that I continue to enjoy learning more of the Russian history and growing to love the characters in this series. This story deals mainly with Anna's two sons, Yuri and Andrei, as they try to figure out where they fit in since their father's tragic death on "Bloody Sunday". Yuri is the oldest and finds himself drawn to the nobility side of his heritage. Andrei, the youngest, seems to be siding with the Bolsheviks and their revolutionary ideas. Then there is Talia, the young woman who grew up with the brothers and who will also have a part in driving the two brothers apart. It truly is a story of love and war. It is not a pretty time in Russia and not a lot of good will happen to these people who are struggling just to stay alive at times. But the strength of this family is something you don't see very often in life.
This series continues to amaze me as I thought I would eventually lose interest in the story line. But Judith Pella has done an excellent job of weaving a story that compels you to keep reading and see what happens next. It is like reading the history of Russian in the early 1900's, but by putting people in the story that you have come to know and care about, you have a strong desire to keep reading and learning. I will suggest that you read "A Word from the Author" at the beginning of this book, as she does deal with a very wicked man named Rasputin in this story and she explains her reasons for doing so. I am now off to finish the series with the last book, "Passage Into Light". (I sneaked a peek at the first chapter and it picks up immediately where book 6 left off!)
As the year 1905 draws to an end, great changes sweep through Russia. The tragic events of ""Bloody Sunday"" usher in a sequence of massive and paralyzing national strikes that eventually force the tsar to turn his government into a constitutional monarchy, and it appears that the radical element has finally won. But for Anna Fedorcenko, the overwhelming tragedy of that fateful day was the slaying of her beloved husband, Sergei. While her loss is a painful struggle, it is Sergei's sons who are most dramatically affected by their father's untimely death. Andrei, the youngest, becomes driven to see his father's death avenged, and thus his boundless energies are aimed toward the downfall of the monarchy. Yuri, the oldest, is also grief-stricken, but he approaches it with characteristic confusion and uncertainty and finds he cannot support his brother's revolutionary fervor. As Russia plunges from World War I into the ensuing civil war between the Bolsheviks and an army of White Russians comprised of nobility and others opposed to Lenin, the family of Anna Fedorcenko is caught in the middle of conflicting national interests. Will their faith and love be strong enough to help them survive?
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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I'm nearly finished with this historical ChristFic series after reading this sixth novel, and I'm kind of on pins and needles as I imagine how the saga might wrap up.
As I've mentioned before, it's the plot that's hooked me to this series more so than the characters. Many of the people in these stories still have a fairly caricatural, sometimes melodramatic feel, and as for drama on the whole, I think it's overdone when the narrator exclaims (!) the story at the reader. Also, I still haven't been able to find any of the romance convincing, mostly because I'd need the characters to feel more real and natural.
Even so, the wealth of history here—the parts I already knew and those I'm reading about for the first time—is fascinating. And the reminders of humanity's vices and hazardous tendencies are disturbing, including people's susceptibility to brainwashing when they give too much trust and devotion to prominent, vainglorious, self-serving figures who manipulate people (even many people) through their fears.
Yes, that kind of stuff really happens, and those who cannot remember the past are condemned to...
As with the preceding novel, the climax in this one is gripping, and the short conclusion teeters on uncertainty. I'm quite curious to see how World War I, revolution, and civil war in Russia will play into the end of this series. On to Book Seven. ( )