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it I wasn t blown away by the The Siege but still I wasn t blown away by the The Siege but still intrigued by the blurb of The Betrayal and decided to Despite the Booker long listing or maybe because of it I approached this one with some trepidation I ve never read any Helen Dun and I remember being put off by a review of Mourning Ruby that called it like a Russian doll too literary for me I thought and I ve never touched Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) her stuff since So I pick this one up and then find it s a seuel to The Siege which Iaven t read but don t be put off by that I wasn t and it worked perfectly as a stand alone And I now Legal Analysis (2012) have a new author to add to my list of favourites and acuire the entire back catalogue this book was uite superbSet in 1950s Leningrad in the last days of Lenin we encounter Andrei the paediatric doctoris wife Anna who works in a kindergarten and Anna s young brother Kolya These are good people in a loving If You Follow Me household and against the extraordinary tension and oppression of the last days of Lenin we watch them doing the ordinary things of life weekends at the dacha eking out the food arguing with neighbours meeting friends dressing for a dance When Andrei findsimself leading the ospital treatment of the dying son of Volkov a chief of the secret police the world comes crashing down in a way that makes you want to do something about the unjustness of itThe characterisation is superb major and minor characters alike even Volkov whose anger fear and irrationality can almost be understood The tension throughout the book is palpable this is a world unlike anything we ll ever know cold for reasons other than the ubiuitous snow where no one can be trusted and freedom s an illusion And it s a truly excellent read the author as a lovely flowing poetic style in a good way that makes you want to read on And although The Betrayal paints a vivid picture of the political scene this is a really touching personal and emotional story about ordinary individuals who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time Very well written and delicately drawn suspenseful and evocative without being over the top in its depictions of Stalin s depravities Tom Rob Smith I m looking at you It s an interesting combination of suspense and Everyman historical drama with really thoughtful writing that focuses on the small details than on the big reveals The central love story is compelling and realistic and the other characters are economically drawn but memorable and real as well I found the suspense almost painful at points because I cared about these characters I think I wouldave been a bit at sea as to who everyone was and why I cared if I The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) hadn t read The Siege this should be explicitly marketed as a seuel And I d love to read another book about this family Follow up to the outstanding The Siege set 10 years or so post war just before Stalin s death which occurs at the end of the book Andrei is a paediatric doctor specialising in infant rheumatism Anna is a teacher in an efficient soviet run nursery Kolya a 15 year old piano playing Anna in particular is stillaunted by the memories of the cold and A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, hunger siege she and Andrei live their life as carefully as possible to avoid the new fearsaunting them of denunciation and arrest Andrei is manoeuvred by a colleague into diagnosing the son of a secret service chief Volkov who as leg cancer and in doing so is unable to avoid losing the anonymity e and Anna Tarot for Magical Times have cultivated for so long Andrei s Jewish colleague who Volkov doesn t trust amputates the leg but when the cancer returns aggressively tois lungs Andrei is suspended and then arrested and treated incredibly arshly in prison It becomes clear that the case is part of the Doctor s Plot which in real life was Stalin s last purge against Jews and other conspirators deliberately mis diagnosing and mis treating eroes and their families Another excellent read again conveying so much of what it means to live through the circumstances. And that of is family is bound to the child's Trapped in an impossible game of life and death and pitted against a power mad father's raging grief Andrei and Anna must avoid the whispers and watchful eyes of those who will say or do anything to save themselves With The Betrayal Dun returns with a powerful and stirring novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime and an evocative tale of a love that will not be silenced. ,
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people like this into paste and they both know the danger they are in when the young doctor is called uponlike this into paste and they both know the danger they are in when the young doctor is called upon treat the mortally ill son of a very powerful party member If the boy dies an entire family may be wiped out in casual retribution and everyone knows it I was flipping the f Alas this Seuel StagnatesI ended my review of Dun s The Siege set in Leningrad during the German blockade of 1941 43 with the words the survivors Naturalistless have rediscovered theirumanity In this seuel The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler however set ten years further on the loss ofumanity Babys Mealtime has returned at least for large sections of the population Now it is not warfare or famine that they fear but the tentacles of the Soviet apparatus run by an increasingly paranoid Stalin where you must remain professionally invisible to keep your job and denounce your ownusband or wife to avoid the destruction of your entire family The authorities ave even suppressed all memorials of the Siege as ill befitting the image of Soviet action in the Great Patriotic War so even the sense of shared eroism that lighted Dun s earlier novel is replaced The Dawn of Modern Thought here by a timorous despairI cannot go further without revealing the names of the survivors from the earlier novelence the spoiler For those that The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, have read the preuelowever I do Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man have to sayview spoilerBesides its overall grayness this later novel suffers from Dun sandling of the seuel problem too much of it is looking back She Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, has three main survivors from the earlier book Andrei a young pediatrician Annais wife and Kolya Anna s much younger brother who lives with them almost as a son I found myself yearning for the chapters involving Andrei because Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 he is someone bursting with moral courage whoas very much retained Goethean Science hisumanity and Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! he is involved in a very real problem Early in the booke is asked to look into the case of Gorya Volkov son of the feared Digital Crossroads head of the Leningrad security apparatus The pediatrician strikes up an immediate bond withis patient and even to a certain extent with the father a feature which I greatly liked but when things go wrong e immediately finds imself targeted as a scapegoat All the scenes with Andrei and Volkov are electrifying but they occupy less than a third of the bookUnfortunately Dun is unable to build similar interest around Anna the protagonist of the previous book She also is a person of integrity but in this novel she is forced into a reactive role keeping the apartment running fending off intrusive neighbors looking after Kolya and The Einstein Theory of Relativity hoping to get pregnant While Andrei looks forward by necessity she spends most of the time looking back at events familiar to those whoave read the earlier novel especially the death of How to Negotiate Your First Job her father a dissident writer whose papers remain iner safekeeping Even er work in a day care center whose gung o director is engaged in a research project on learning outcomes for preschoolers is little than a semi comic interludeOne reviewer criticized The Siege as depending too much on outside events as opposed to the moral choices of the characters I did not entirely agree then but I do Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, here Anna is a moral person but sheas few significant choices to make Andrei s choices are courageous ones but they all come early in the book Halfway through after events turn against The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore hime too becomes a mere victim
Of Outside Forces The Story Is No Longer What Heoutside forces the story is no longer what Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber he but what is done toim Dun describes the atrocious conditions well enough but no better than many earlier authors A book whose occasional dullness New Exploration had at least been seasoned with true drama earlier became a real challenge to keep reading well before the endide spoiler Distressingly brilliant In The Siege er novel set during the 900 day siege of Leningrad Helen Dun created a can t look away portrait of a city and people in unimaginable circumstances Her map of motives loyalties and escalating struggle is spellbinding Now Dun as brought us a seuel to that excellent novel The Betrayal This new book is the next chapter in the lives of Anna Andrei and Kolya The Betrayal is set ten years afte. A riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of post war Soviet Russia a world of violence and terror where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted alliesInternationally acclaimed author Helen Dun follows er bestselling novel The Siege with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of post war Soviet Russia a world of violence and terror where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies In 1952.
Review The BetrayalR the end of the siege Anna the daughter of a dissident writer and Andrei ave married and are raising Anna s little brother the now teenaged Kolya Anna works in a daycare Andrei is a pediatrician and Kolya is sullen It is spring Leningrad The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles has been rebuilt and replanted but Stalin is still in power so everyone still lives in fear During the siege you feared Germans starvation and freezing to death now you fear your neighbors youropes and your government The plot in The Betrayal is touched off by a sick boy Gorya He is brought into the Medicine and Religion hospital where Andrei works The boys symptoms coupled withis parentage set off warning signals for the first doctor who examines The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, him ande is palmed off on the dedicated and too politically trusting Andrei Gorya s father is a powerful man in the government and party Volkov It is Andrei who Valentino has to tell Volkov andis wife the bad news Gorya as cancer His leg will need to be amputated but even that extreme is no guarantee that Gorya will recover So the stage is set of the collapse of the fragile safety Anna s family as enjoyedThe research behind The Betrayal is meticulous Dun uses it wisely to escalate the action in the novel and not to Shunned hit you over theead with facts The day to day details of er characters lives
jobs and of Leningrad are all intriguingly laid out within the istory of the period to recreateand of Leningrad are all intriguingly laid out within the Oba, the Last Samurai history of the period to recreate world of suspicion Dun shows us thater characters Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, have already seen the worst lifeas to offer and are now willing themselves to believe that this fear filled everyday can be normal The one weakness in The Betrayal is the unassailable goodness of Anna and Andrei It s not uite believable to see these survivors of the siege as emotionally stable as Dun portrays them to be This makes everything in the story a little less complicated than it could be The Betrayal is an intelligent and captivating novel Helen Dun writes with an effortless clarity that belies er research and careful plotting You certainly do not ave to The Wood Demon have read The Siege to enjoy this new novel but if you do Orave then the journey of Dun s characters is that much absorbing In First Shapes her latest novel The Betrayal Helen Dun returns to the Soviet Union and to the city of Leningrad whoseistory she so powerfully evoked in Dispatches from Dystopia her best seller The Siege Now a decade later starvation and bitter coldave been replaced with fear and suspicion as the people of Leningrad do their
"best to keep "to keep Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations arrests and the midnight knock at the doorAnna and Andreiave survived the siege married and together Ancient World have brought up Anna s brother Kolya They want their lives to be ordinary but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to theospital where Andrei is a paediatrican Andrei finds Fighter himself outmanoeuvred by the politically astute and face to face with a man whoas the power to destroy Събрани разкази, Том 5 him andis familyHelen Dun s evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace from neighbours from colleagues from the state and the struggle to remain The Real James Herriot humane and true in the face of it As the net tightens around Andrei andis life becomes the stuff of nightmares she also tells a compelling and page turning taleHelen Dun is a novelist and short story writer whose many works include A Spell of Winter winner of the Orange Prize and The Siege which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Orange Prize and Waterloo (Sharpe, has sold over 100000 copies Why do we think that the present is stronger than the past They are not even separate The past is alive waiting It claims what is its own Rarelyave I read a novel so effective in evoking the feeling of Stalinist Russia the suffocating overwhelming paranoia of a place where everyone is alert to dissenters saboteurs and enemies of the state where people are willing to inform on those around them to save themselves or just to improve their own situation Dun builds the uncertainty watchfulness and selfishness into the very bones of Cinderella her story makinger two main characters Anna and Andrei stand out all the Perhaps it was this dichotomy that made them seem unreal to me but they were almost too perfect self sacrificing brave คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ hopeful Again this may say about me than them but where I could imagine all the other people in the novel with real clarity these two were just too good to be believed The book offers Leningrad Andrei a young doctor and Anna a nursery school teacher are forging a life together in the postwar post siege wreckage But they know theirappiness is precarious like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws of Stalin's merciless Ministry of State Security When Andrei is forced to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer is every move is scrutinized and it becomes painfully clear that is own fate.