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Posted October 7, 2012
Interesting but confusing at times
This novel is told from the 1st and 3rd person perspective. There are dreams and flashbacks that help paint the life story of Sukanov. The story was good, but I found myself in a dreamlike state wondering if Sukanov was dreaming, living in the past, or certifiably insane. Toward the end of the book (I guess during a flashback) Sukanov's mother explains that his father suffered from mental illness and that she was concerned he might inherit the gene. It seemed to me that he was having a mental breakdown throughout the book. I thought perhaps he would be sitting in a white gown in a Soviet mental hospital at the end. That would have made more sense to me. Instead we are left to guess. I wish there was more character development for Nina and the children. Overall, an interesting read though but I personally prefer more clarity and character development.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.