Fleming explores the clash between
tradition and progress, class and culture in
White Blood, a gritty novel, intensely flavored
with both the elegance and terror of Russia on the
brink of civil war, that lures the reader in with an
almost lighthearted opening travelogue but that
inexorably gathers steam, drawing to a thrilling,
emotionally exhausting conclusion.
Charlie Doig, son of a Scots father and Russian mother, is brought up near Smolensk until about 12-years of age when he and his mother move to England where his father plans to join them. Unfortunately, Doig senior catches the plague and dies before joining his family in London, leaving his proud Russian wife penniless, living on the charity of relatives; and his son with a childish ...
Interesting To Note: The title White Blood presumably alludes to the term White Russian which has multiple meanings. It can refer to a member of the Russian military force that opposed the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War (1918-21). It can also refer to a Russian who emigrated from Russia during or shortly after the Civil War. Lastly, it can refer to a person from Belarus (bela meaning white); Belarus is close to Smolensk, the location of the fictional Pink House.
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