Reviews from 08/2013

How I ended this Summer

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 11 August 2013

Tense and gripping, steeped in atmosphere and beauty,  The story is centred round two men working at a meteorological research outpost in the Russian Arctic, their personalities are so different that they begin to quarrel. Sergei and Pavel the two main characters symbolically represent different sides of Putin's Russia, one shaped by older traditional ways, the other struggling to discover a new set of values.  The dialogue is fairly sparce but this works towards building the tension between them. Pavel Danilov (Grigory Dobrygin), aged around 20, with a silver ring in his left ear and…Read