free download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ì Debra DeanDebra Dean image from her Facebook pagesThis is a stunning novel Marina is a woman in her 80 s about to attend her granddaughter a woman in her 80 s about to attend her granddaughter wedding near her home in Seattle Her mind is failing however and she is transported back to other times in her life most particularly to the time when as a young woman she worked at the Hermitage The joy she took in her work there was countered by the horror of emaining while Germans laid siege to Leningrad It was the most intense period
Of Her Life Bothher life both and magical and it is to this that she
Returns The Paintings Were RemovedThe paintings were emoved preserve them from the invaders but Marina memorizes as many as she can constructing a memory palace She escapes to her personal palace when pursued by the danger of incoming ordinance cold hunger and much later age and dementia Dean s depiction of the horrors of a war time Hermitage is chilling yet beautiful It is impressive that this is her first novel It is a wonder beautiful in its structure as well as in its imagery This is a must ead When I allot the stars I go by my gut feeling but I do try to be Liar, Liar restrictive When you have just finished a book and think of all the things you liked about it you tend to give the. Bit by bit theavages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday And while the elderly Russian woman cannot hold on to fresh memories the details of her grown children's lives the approaching wedding of her grandchild her distant past is preserved vivid images that Essays One rise unbidden of her youth in war torn LeningradIn the fall of 1941 the German army approached the outskirts of Leningrad signaling the beginning of what would becom. Book too many stars If you do this a four or five star book just doesn t mean anything So this gets three starsI DO like this book A lot I liked the wonderful description of the Hermitage and the paintings there Sometimes when you take a guided tour of a museum and you get a guide whoeally knows their stuff they make the paintings come alive You find out so much about the painting a whole other world is evealed I can count only about 4 or 5 times I have experienced this and it wasn t when I visited the Hermitage This author did this with the paintings and with the buildings *Of The Hermitage It Is *the Hermitage It is that the author had not even been in the Hermitage before she wrote the book A second important theme of this book is Alzheimer s My father had Alzhei I eviewed this book for Harper Collins Canada here s what I saidThe Madonnas of Leningrad is a lyrical and elegant novel about Marina a young tour guide at the Hermitage Museum during the siege of Leningrad in World War Two and her loosing battle with Alzheimer s in present day
SEATTLE THE NOVEL SHIFTS SMOOTHLY BACKThe novel shifts smoothly back forth from Marina s battles in Leningrad with starvation and bitter cold and her present day battle with Alzheimer. E a long and torturous siege During the ensuing months the city's inhabitants would brave starvation and the bitter cold all while fending off the constant German onslaught Marina then a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum along with other staff members was instructed to take down the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping yet leave the
Frames Hanging Empty Onhanging empty on walls a symbol of the artworks' eventual eturn To hold on to
S comparing and contrasting the two During the *siege Marina memorized every last detail of every painting in the museum in an effort to keep her *Marina memorized every last detail of every painting in the museum in an effort to keep her sanity Marina isn t able to hold on the fresh memories but emembers her horrify days during the siege and the paintings in the Hermitage Museum Dean does a good job comparing the past with the present and describing the
breath taking details of the paintings Though she mentions th I found this awfully dull at times Not one of mytaking details of the paintings Though she mentions th I found this awfully dull at times Not one of my In Leningrad as a young woman memories kept Marina alive during the siege and now a memory eating disease is taking her away The author paints vivid pictures of the cold the fright the hunger of WWII Russia and the cold and frightening illness that is taking her mind nowThis book appealed to me personally on so many levels My parents born in Ukraineat that time Russiaand survived the WWII seige of the nazis Art which I love and I also visited the Hermitage museum website as some other eviewer s here did The author s
descriptions were magnificent Alzheimer s I ve been caring for my mom whowere magnificent Alzheimer s I ve been caring for my mom who it The author gives such an amazing impression of what the inner life of an Alzheimer s patient might beMy Anity when the Luftwaffe's bombs began to fall she burned to memory brushstroke by brushstroke these exuisite artworks the nude figures of women the angels the serene Madonnas that had so shortly before gazed down upon her She used them to furnish a memory palace a personal Hermitage in her mind to which she Graeco-Egyptian Magick retreated to escape terror hunger and encroaching death Aefuge that would stay buried deep within her until she needed it once.