by Sofi Oksanen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 2253161896 Global Overview for this book
Registered by spy-there of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 5/28/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by spy-there from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, May 28, 2023
A nasty, sad and claustrophobic story of jealousy and betrayal on the background of WW2 and the sowjet occupation of Estonia.
None of the characters is likeable. It's the old story of envious women who deceive each other instead of holding together. I couldn't really warm for the story. Everything was so over dramatized, like e.g. «Her mouth opened in a yell, but only a whisper came out.» Or howlers as «The beginning of the story she had just made up was struggling to get away, and Zara's mind lunged after it and grabbed it by the paws.»

This Zara got a bit on my nerves anyway. She flees through the nightly forest in high heels (!) - probably teeters the whole night like a heron over roots and undergrowth - instead of rid herself of those stilettos. As a true drama queen she keeps overreacting and falling „powerless to the floor“. At some point you take her for a basket case. Zara wants to become a doctor? This exceeds my imagination.

A pity she didn't recount more about the historical background which I found rather more interesting than the spiteful interaction of the abominable figures. It's a bleak, depressing book about unrequited love, disenchantment and vengeance.

Journal Entry 2 by spy-there at Cool Books in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, May 28, 2023

Released 4 mos ago (5/29/2023 UTC) at Cool Books in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland


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