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Travels in Siberia

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    An Incredible Book

    This is one of the most engrossing, enjoyable and fulfilling books I've read in years. I happened to receive an advance copy from a friend who told me he thought it was amazing, and I couldn't agree more. Mr. Frazier spent an enormous amount of time studying the history of Russia, learning the language, and traveling throughout Siberia. What he gives is a combination of his own experience of the country during these trips, his encounters with many fascinating characters, including the two men he drove with on the longest, cross-Siberia trip, as well as the amazing landscape, the rivers, Lake Baikal (the world's deepest and second largest lake), the forests, the swamps, the cold, the mosquitos, and so much more. He integrates these experiences and descriptions with the equally remarkable history of Siberia as the land of exile. He goes deeply into the story of the Decembrists-the soldiers who revolted against Nicholas I in the 1820's and failed, many of them then being exiled to Siberia. He also visits one of Stalin's infamous prison camps, and his description of this is truly moving. Also, the book is just beautifully written. There is so much more to praise, but I'll just close by saying I couldn't recommend a book more highly. It is truly a masterpiece.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Reviewing the Barnes & Noble review by Ms. Pierson

    I recently finished "Travels in Siberia" myself. It is truly a great, great book. I just want to encourage anyone considering whether or not to get it to read the B&N review here by Melissa Holbrook Pierson. She has totally captured Frazier's brilliance and why this book is so extraordinary. I really can't add anything to what she said. Just get this book. It will be one of the best reading experiences you will ever have.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A most enjoyable read

    This is a wonderful book about Siberia, a place you never hear much about, and the author's loveof all things Russian, which comes under a great deal of scrutiny and reflection. The humor is mild ( a rarity, since much travel writing is based on bad experiences, which he modestly plays down). It is a very companionable book, worth savoring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    A great learning experience about Siberia.

    I enjoy reading about Russia, and this one didn't let me down. A very knowledeable writer did a great job of expanding my knowledge of a rather esoteric subject. I'll reread it some day just to experience empathy for the victims and awe and wonder about the perpetrators of the gulag.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    Really well done

    I am pleased with the author's efforts and his mania about Siberia. I too would like to go see it, once the clean restroom shortage is dealt with. I greatly enjoyed the history lessons embedded in the travel story. I look forward to readining more by Ian Frazier.

    PS - I wish it had more photographs. Many more. The author's descriptions made me want to see all the people he encountered.

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