My Russian (EPUB)

My Russian

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Very Odd Read Interesting at times but for the most part was a very long and overly thoughtful ead The writing in this novel is beautiful but the story wanders and wanders and wanders some until I eally didn t novel is beautiful but the story wanders and wanders and wanders some until I Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness really didn t where the author was going with it There s a thread throughout that she keeps coming back to a mystery about an intruder but it wasn t compelling enough to keep me interested particularly with so many details about things that have nothing to do with that part of the story This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for several years and Iemember trying to start it several times but i must start it several times but I must have been able to get going this time I was determined to finish it to see if there was some eason it was named a NY Times Notable Book but I eally can t see it LITERARY SPARKS THAT FLARE UP INTO FLAMES DEIRDRE MCNAMERYou Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America read something the words flash at you they spark creativity in your brain Deirdre McNamer s writings often do this to me Here are some examples from her novel My Russian The ones in direct uotations are I think tot Well it was weird I kept wanting to like the main character and hoping that the nextevelation would do it But alas no With all the books in the world I say spend your time on a different one I got this in a book swap still not sure if the person loved hated it or couldn t figure out which and wanted a second opinion Extremely flowery language Unfortunately they are in place of any progressive forward motion in the book The change of identity at the center of the plot seems far fetched though at least interesting but in the end it was pretty meaningless and just took a meander much like Francesca herself Not sure I liked any of the characters much except maybe the Russian gardener nothing much Russian about him tbh The. While her family thinks she is vacationing in Greece Francesca Woodbridge disguised by the wig the dress and the limp of an elderly woman checks into a local hotel just blocks from her home The eason for her deceit is twofold to step outside of her life and observe it from a distance and to watch the comings and goings in her neighborhood for clues to potential suspects in her husband's shootingEver since ,

Writing doesn t give a strong sense of time and place especially considering *all of the descriptive language Apparently it was a notable book in the *of the descriptive language Apparently it was a notable book in the in 1999 well there is no accounting for taste including my own Maybe I missed the point here Loved the writing hated the ending This book was just overwhelmingly underwhelming And 2 stars is my being extremely generous I tried to like it but it is one of those books that almost landed on the I give up pile and it s not even 300 pages long which I Think Says A Great says a great about the book I have two big problems with this
Book Firstly The Language I 
Firstly the language I deal with poetic writing okay but when its so blatantly fluffed so much so you know a thesaurus was used it makes the entire story fall by the wayside and you begin to focus on the sentence structure and how it s almost purposely written to ead like a book that should change the world My second gripe is the ending It ends We find out what led our narrator to do what she did and yet there is no proper conclusion The next chapter begins and the narrator is off starting a new life Not the one she planned during her escapades but a new one nonetheless The lack of progression made me feel cheated The lack of a hashing out between the husband and wife mother and son made me madFor being titled My Russian the Russian features only within a small amount of pages If the author did not specifically point out at a stage in the book that the narrator had an affair with the Russian you could completely miss it as there is literally no deep description of their Der Bilderwächter relationship The book peaks however with those fleeting pages about the Russian and his life If the novel had been about that it would have been fascinating Had the book been about the unraveling of a marriage and. He night her husband Ren was wounded by an intruder's gun Francesca has felt uneasy in their marriage andesentful of how Ren has changed over the years Now as an undercover spy on her own life she scans her history in her unsparing sometimes darkly funny search for clarity from the idealistic days of college when she first fell in love through the uiet disappointments that have collected in the depths of ,
An affair it would have been easier to get *involved with the story Had the book been about the attack the husband suffered or even the *with the story Had the book been about the attack the husband suffered or even the falsity of the SOCIETY IN THE BOOK IT WOULD in the book it would been entertaining However the book was not about those things a whole They were small events which I think hurt the overall work This book was without consistent context which not only left the story with holes too big to ignore but also hurt the character development The narrator seems pompous in the long un her husband malleable her son lost The others are too superficial to even digest The story underneath the fluff of this novel was good but the actual book itself was not Ack It is difficult to plow through a book when so few of the characters are likable or sympathetic This one just didn t connect with me The constant shifting of time periods especially at the beginning were difficult to follow and information I wanted to know and felt was essential to the story line and main character development was not provided I think we all fantasize about walking out on our complicated lives at least occasionally to escape its tedium or complications Deirdre McNamer s character Francesca does it and travels on the high oad and very briefly on the low oad The events invite us if we Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris reflect on them to become better observers in our own lives The plot of the novel is somewhat melodramatic I don t know anyone whose life brushes up against violence and drama to the extent that these characters do But I was intrigued enough toead the book to the end It was a surprising journey I appreciated that Francesca wasn t totally likable and that McNamer left Letters to Rollins room for a lot of ambiguity My only uibble is that the sort of escape McNamer describes is only available to people of mean. Er soul to herecent unexpected passionate affair with her Russian gardener Yuri whose sudden unexplainable disappearance leads her to uestion just who she has become As she seeks an answer she meets people she could never have known in her Britain, Europe And The Third World real life and views people she thought she knew as strangers As sheeveals who shot her husband she is forced to see herself in a bold new and entirely unexpected light. ,

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