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Snowdrops: A Novel

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    A really good read

    I picked up this book because it made the watch list for the Man Booker Prize. I figured if it got that far, it might be interesting. I was pleased. A.D. Miller is a wonderful story teller. And, it is amazing how a letter from a man to his fiancee, in part a confession and in part a plea for understanding, can turn on so many dimes to finally say that everything was a farce. Nicholas, a London lawyer in a Moscow law firm during the beginning of Russian rebirth, is involved in basic transactional legal work. His social life includes one friend, Steve Walsh, and visits to strip clubs and an occasional date with an acquaintance or a professional. Still, he likes Russia and the different cities Moscow becomes in the winter, and in the non-winter. He helps two young ladies, engages in a conversation, and offers them a telephone number. They call a few weeks later, and what he thought was his attractiveness to the beautiful Masha (and Katya), is really just the means to an end. Juxtaposed with the death of his neighbor's friend, a snowdrop not found until after the thaw, and the theft of an old woman's home, Nicholas becomes the same unscrupled wolf in sheep's clothing as a client bilking banks of millions of dollars. But, when he finds out, his only real wonder is whether Masha ever cared for him, or just used him. Was it personal? Was it business? What is a lost soul -- personal or business. And, as he makes a final confession at the end of the book, the reader must decide what Nicholas may have learned. Can I get caught up in such a mess? This book demanded that I answer this question. It is a good read, a relatively quick read, and the first of several books I hope that A.D. Miller writes.

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  • Posted December 30, 2014

    Doesn't live up to the hype - a tedious read that never reveals

    Doesn't live up to the hype - a tedious read that never reveals any insight as to what's behind the curtain. The real story - how did the Russian economy operate during the era portrayed (what are those people doing? It's like they're go offstage into someone else's book) - is still as mystifying at the conclusion of the book as it was in the beginning. I'm a historical fiction fan, and this could have such a great story, but it fell flat and I just slogged through it to the end. Also, the narrative is written as a sort of confessional to someone (also offstage), it's a feeble device where you never learn why we might care, so another possible connection that remained underdeveloped and unremarkable. The protagonist just isn't interesting enough to carry the weight of the story.

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

    Too short and underdeveloped

    I liked the idea of the story, and I love novels about Russia. But this one was simply too short. The characters were underdeveloped, but I did want to know them. The protagonist's love/hate relationship with Russia grew tiresome.

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    Posted May 21, 2012

    Sad and depressing

    Kind of pointless and confusing

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Entertaining, fast paced, light, very enjoyable read

    Entertaining, fast paced, light, very enjoyable read

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