Russka

Russka

by Edward Rutherfurd

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Overview

"Impressive."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Spanning 1800 years of Russia's history, people, poltics, and culture, Edward Rurtherford, author of the phenomenally successful SARUM: THE NOVEL OF ENGLAND, tells a grand saga that is as multifaceted as Russia itself. Here is a story of a great civilization made human, played out through the lives of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of their land.
"Rutherford's RUSSKA succeeds....[He] can take his place among an elite cadre of chroniclers such as Harold Lamb, Maurice Hindus and Henri Troyat."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345479358
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 960
Sales rank: 96,082
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.99(d)

About the Author

Edward Rutherfurd is the bestselling author of eight novels, including London, Sarum, The Princes of Ireland, The Rebels of Ireland, and New York.

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Russka 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Chellse More than 1 year ago
This novel took me by surprise. I was just bored and had a vague idea about Russia. After being completely engrossed in this enthralling epic I not only became interested in all things Russian, I started learning Russian at the nearby community college! Russka is now one of my favorite "go-to" books. Rutherfurd is the man responsible for my passionate affair with historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Russka was the first book that I read by Edward Rutherford and I have read most of his books by now. I had read several non-fiction books about Russia and enjoyed them. Russka was a great treat, blending a fictional family with history. I read it quickly and truly enjoyed it!
Laineys_Daughter More than 1 year ago
Having read several other Rutherfurd historical fiction offerings it was only natural to feel the need to tackle Russka. I say tackle because it was 945 pages of sprawling history involving Russia. Although the author states in the very begining of the book that it is close to historical yet still fiction this book does give an amazingly informative assessment of the history of Russia from AD to present. I enjoyed this book and it was entertaining, however at times the characters did seem a bit repetative and there was just way too much political detail and too less character/story development. I'd rather had a bit more story vs the political views of the author or of the time period. I also would have enjoyed less time spent in the 1700's/1800's and more time on the happenings in the 1900's. There seemed to just be a little "tack on" so to speak, in regards to anything current and I felt a little let down by this. It does tend to drag on sometimes with the over detail of the political situations but all in all a good read. I am however glad to finally finish and would recommend to anyone who can #1 take a book of such thickness and #2 to a person who has the "Stick-to-it" attitude needed to press on when it gets down right tedious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting story of a 'fictional' Russian family (although could be very much real) covering the entire span of Russian history from 'cave-people' up to the Soviet days. You meet everybody from Peter the Great to Ivan the Terrible, thru the eyes of this family. Tells you the true history of Russia while keeping you interested by the 'Fairy-tale' nature of the story. I highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a love story, a history lesson and a great novel wrapped into one. It is an amazing novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who loves good fiction novels, and history, it doesn't get much better than this. Centuries upon centuries pass with surprising speed, as the intertwining tales of families & towns are told. Highly recommended!
ElTomaso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Similar in style to J. Michener.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding historical fiction focused on a rural Russian village.
charlie68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book on the history of Russia, although at times quite poorly written. The revolution gets a huge chapter but still doesn't really scratch the surface. Stalin gets a wafer thin chapter, when he's very important figure in Russian history. Edward Rutherfurd is in the same vein as James Michener although I think Michener is the better writer by far
aapjebaapje on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another one of the same. Sarum and The Forest, and now Russka. I do like the format but i did get a bit fed up three quarters of the way through.The author constantly alludes to things which are about to happen in the next scene e.g. "Afterwards, she could never explain to herself how it was that the madness had seized her..." or "He was bound to have got into trouble sooner or later. And as Olga reminded Alexis, one didn't have to do much to be in hot water these days". This put me on tenterhooks and instead of relaxing with this book I was constantly waiting for the sword of Damocles to fall on the poor unfortunate whos turn it was in that part of the story.However, and it s a big however - I shall never see Russia and its surrounding lands in the same way again. I have an understanding of the country's history and thereby, a much better understanding of its present. Although I did get bogged down by page 700 (who can blame me) I still want to get starting on Edward Rutherford's London as soon as I've finished the frothy historical novel I've just started (to give my brain and my blood pressure a rest).
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Extremely well written, as are all Rutherfurd books. At times a bit more difficult to follow the family lines... may be due to the Russian names.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author did a great job on Sarum, a story of one place over the years. But here, the canvas is too large, and we get lost in too many places and too many armies spamning too many thousands of miles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. If you want to read a history of Russia, then turn to one of the many great histories, deeply researched. If you want to read a novel about Russia, then read one of the excellent novels written by those who lived there and experienced what they wrote...Tolstoy, Dostoevsky. Turgenev. Pasternak...
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