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Subject: Russka
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 5:23 PM ET
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Is Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd, a good read? I don't know if I want to start a 985 page book if it's not that great a book. Thanks.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 5:57 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it. However, I was a Russian history major, and am Orthodox, so that may have colored my opinion.

I find Rutherfurd to be an uneven writer, some of his books were amazing, and others I abandoned in the middle. 

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 6:10 PM ET
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I haven't read that one, but I have to be in the right mood to read him. I can only take so much of his michneresque style. And then I could always just read MIchener if I'm in that mood.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 6:10 PM ET
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I've read Russka, too.  I liked it.  It is a long read but gives one a wonderful view of Russian life.  It was a good read for me.  When I read such long books, I read a couple of shorter ones along with it to keep me going.  Strange technique, I know, but it works for me.



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Date Posted: 5/2/2012 6:17 PM ET
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I gave up on Rutherfurd when I tried to read Forest. I love Sarum and London.  But I agree he can be a bit uneven.  

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 6:25 PM ET
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Well, I've decided to read this. I've read several books, both fiction and non-fiction, about the seige of Leningrad so I have some awareness of Russian history. And I lovedv Michener. Thanks for all the input.

Date Posted: 5/3/2012 8:28 AM ET
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Come back and let us know what you think. Once upon a time, I loved all the Russian authors - Tolstoy, Turgenev, Dolstoyevsky, Gogol. But I don't know if I could read them today. Instant gratification would have been a foreign concept back then. LOL.

Date Posted: 5/8/2012 4:01 PM ET
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I tried to read two different Rutherford books - Sarum and The Forest.  They were both huge snoozefests for me.  I won't try him a third time.