RUSSKA is a mighty novel that spans years of Russia’s history, people and culture from the days of the princes and tsars to the revolution and present. A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which. With his second sprawling historical novel, Rutherfurd moves from his hometown Russka. Edward Rutherfurd, Author, Betty Prashker, Editor Crown Publishing.

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Warriors and hermits, boyars and serfs, romantic heroines and rich old ladies, fortune-builders and exiles – the characters in RUSSKA inhabit the rich, astonishing, evocative and contradictory world of forest and steppe, icon and axe, Orthodox faith russla Jewish persecution, of gorgeous churches, magnificent palaces, and squalid villages; of Russian folk art and sumptuous opera, of Tolstoy and Lenin, Tchaikovsky and Rasputin.

Nov 29, Araceli Rotaeche rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, it just didn’t scratch my itch. The detail was fascinating and he never seemed to go overboard. The most compelling section was towards the end detailing the fall of the Tsar and the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a Bolshevik eddard one of the lesser nobility in which Rutherfurd’s trademark strengths shone through.

I found the first chapter, and to a lesser extent the rutberfurd, to be tedious, before Rutherfurd finally hit his stride in the 13th century. And I avoid short-story compilations religiously, so that’s saying something. I enjoy reading about how major historic events affect the people who have no influence or power but must live with the consequences. Rutherfurd’s opus extraordinaire may captivate readers of the genre as well as serious history buffs.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Based on the reviews I read, I was somewhat prepared for the beginning chapters to be slow-paced, but after reading the sample I thought I would enjoy them nonetheless. The story really opens up in the story of Ivan and this, arguably, is where the story of Russka truly begins. It was fascinating to see this high medieval world looked in Russia instead of the much-covered western Europe and crusades into the Holy Land.


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Early part has a different feel — not about events but how Russia appears as the world changes around them. After this we move onto Catherine and as with Londonthis is where the book really takes off. How silent it was. I really had no clue on so many things. Their personalities are diverse; I just would have liked to see someone risska interests or goals in life in addition to men and marriage.

Although I think that the main source of my disappointment is the span of this novel. This was the approach he took in The Forest and I don’t feel it worked there. Napoleon sought to conquer Russia, the Crimean War and the beginnings of Communist thought.

If you have read at least one of his works, you know what go expect.

Each chapter covers a period of rdward, some following right on ruusska heels of the previous chapter and others leaving gaps of decades or centuries; it’s nice to have the family tree in the front of the book to refer to. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Like James Michener, Edward Rutherford packs a lot into his historical fiction books. A tale set in AD. I learned a lot that I didn’t know happened during the feudal age.

As a lover of the medieval period, this should have been one of the most enjoyable sections for me. Russia is, after all, a large place and there is only so much that we can cover. Paperbackpages. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the edwqrd trade inand returned to his childhood h Francis Edward Wintlebest known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurdwas born in the cathedral city of Salisbury.

Am I happy of finishing it? Plus, Rutherfurd has that gifted ability of description to transport the reader I picked this one during my Fall Reading Challenge, and after on-and-off reading over 18 weeks, I’ve finished.

Want to Read saving…. C hasta finales del siglo XX. It peaked an interest that might never have been found otherwise. He touches upon religious, political and philosophical matters in a simple, clear, confident manner. But I was bitterly disapointed that Rutherford did not document the horrors of the Stalin period in more detail and did not cover the years of Russian history after World II.


The church is the key. Sometimes he’ll regress into his description of a character or a place, giving the reader a store of background information, and this description can go on for several pages before he brings you back.

I was pleased to feel more engaged with the story of Yanka in Yeah, those final 15 are set in You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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For such a pivotal point in Russian history, it is not a great chapter and I would have preferred to see some of these events rather than merely having characters discuss them my major complaint about The Forest.

The rich black earth — so rich that the peasants scarcely needed to plow it; the fortress with its stout wooden walls; the subterranean world where the monks like Father Luke had chosen to live, and certainly to die: The narrative begins in the pre-historic era rdward to Kiev and spans the Kievan Rus, the Mongol period, the era of Ivan the Terrible and the Romanov period.

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I find that he makes a habit of this sometimes, creating a mundane story set in what should one of the most interesting periods of the history of the place he covers. In a world without Michener, I’m especially glad there’s Rutherfurd. The birth of Russia through the eyes of a young woman of mixed parentage. Recommended for devotees of James Michener and Sarum. The Cold war and the invasions of Poland,Hungary,Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan ,the indocrination by the Communist party and the valour of the persecuted dissidents,through the eys of different Russian people would have been.

Edsard is a fictional village in Russia, so in this book Edward Rutherfurd tells the story of Russia.