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Andropov's Cuckoo based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This emotional novel is great for the historical fiction lovers. It was so authentic I would swear the author was either an Asian women or an ex-member of the KGB who's chilling reputation is unquestionably deserved. Or both. As much as the story is filled with innocent youthful fun that sprouts like weeds amid the necessary and closed off personalities of the citizenry, the author has not failed to paint his canvas with the persuasive dread and suspicion that lurks beneath the glib smiles and neighborly nods that camouflages secrets and oppressive dread. We follow the exploits of our heroine as she matures with the dawning realization she wants to escape the life her parents lead and get to America to live freely. The compassionate narrator does a masterful job relating the years of horrors and pain she endured to reach her almost impossible and herculean goal including intimate survival in a KGB camp that most don't survive, ala the Holocaust. I found the disclosure of the narrator that concludes the saga to be sad and touching. A nice twist. I'm sure you will agree he did his friend a great honor.
The beginning of the book is in the voice of an old man who knows his time on this earth is short--and he wants to get this story told. If you have ever been in the company of an octogenarian you will be smiling at the back and forth way he speaks--forgetting then remembering--but bound and determined to get his own way! He ultimately decides that since he is having so much trouble focusing and he knows that he could never write the whole down in time--he uses a dictaphone. I defy you to pick up this book and be able to put it down. This story is based on a true story told to the author by a protagonist in the story (the author tells you all about this after the book ends)and what happens to Youriko, which is not her real name, but one she chose, will stagger your imagination. It all starts in the USSR--when the KGB was feared and rightfully so. One thing is for certain, Youriko was not a cuckoo--far from it!!