Rated of 5
by Julie B. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Bleak and Smelly
I was so intrigued by the title of this book and was looking forward to reading about Russia. I did not expect the book to be as bleak as it was. The dreams are not realized and the colors that permeate the book are gray and brown.
The only character I found interesting was Tanya, and even then, I was frustrated with her.
The author has a beautiful grasp of language and her descriptions really brought me into the novel...perhaps too much though. Her constant references to feces and other horrible smells kind of turned my stomach.
Bottom line: I would not pass this book along or recommend it to anyone.