[EBOOK] (Good Citizens Need Not Fear) author Maria Reva
I had high hopes for Good Citizens Need Not Fear a series of interconnected stories set in or near an apartment building in Ukraine that appears on no overnment maps The possibilities for simultaneous humor and things to chew on was enticing And this
a The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States good book just notood a book as I d hopedThe individual stories work as stand alones but also fit together neatly The writing style is direct clear and at times whimsical The book makes delightful use of occasionalWAS A GOOD BOOK JUST NOT
unusual illustrations that feel like little treats scattered about for readers toillustrations that feel like little treats scattered about for readers to think the main reason I didn t fall wildly in love with this book is that it reminded me of but did not compare successfully with Anthony Marra s The Tsar of Love and Techno Marra s book was less humorous than Good Citizens so they don t occupy exactly the same reading niche Depending on individual tastes readers will come to different decisions about which of the two the prefer For me the bottom line was that the relationships among characters and those characters themselves were complex in Marra s book and I tend to value complexityThat said Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an entertaining read that oes beyond humor to depict life in a part of the world currently in the news but unfamiliar to most US readers It s worth checking outI received a free electronic review copy of this book from the piublishers via NetGalley The opinions are my own 1933 Ivansk Street doesn t exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegetable and at one point even a mummified saint Written with a wry tongue in cheek criticism of Soviet overnment and politics Reva s collection is both wholly bizarre and devastatingly authentic Reva s collection of stories begin in isolation with only the building connecting these characters living in Ukraine in the build up to and fall of the Soviet Union but as it progresses each story connects like tributaries to the Mississippi River creating a tour de force of storytelling that will carry you away If you have any connection to an ex Soviet state these stories will likely bring up memori. A brilliant and bitingly funny collection of stories united around a single crumbling apartment building in UkraineA bureaucratic litch omits an entire building along with its residents from municipal records So begins Reva's darkly hilarious Anthony Doerr intertwined narratives nine stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of Stories filled with eual parts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all centers in and around a cast of colourful characters living in a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet era Ukraine The collection felt reminiscent of collections like Snow In May by Kseniya Melnik and Anthony Marra s The Tsar of Love and Techno However I "DID PREFER THE OTHER TWO TO THIS ONE MARRA "prefer the other two to this one Marra collection had complexity nuance and depth in its characters and their circumstances while this read a little light hearted and forgettable Melnik s collection on the other hand was sweeping in its scope as it covers nearly a century under Soviet rule while this is insular and domestic in it s setting and storytelling There were also certain themes
THAT REPEATED THEMSELVES IN DIFFERENT STORIESrepeated themselves in different stories it a tad predictable Nonetheless I enjoyed this collection and found it entertaining whilst reading The writing is simple playful and laced with dark humour I found Bone Music Letter of Apology Lucky Toss and Roach Brooch particularly memorable in its outlandishness and in the authenticity of its characters It s one I d recommend on the whole but probably not one to rush and buy I rarely write reviews but I feel as though I must for this one I loved that each story was somehow linked to the others and it made me feel as though there were little details that I may have missed which I will hopefully pick up on during a re read All of the stories were so charming with these less than perfect but so loveable characters The stories made me want to look for stories about Soviet Ukraine and the ways people tried to survive the political climate The characters represented what I can only imagine as real people trying to make ends meet while experiencing the very real relationship "Dramas That Many Experience " that many experience now Reva writes with a sense of dry humor and almost a whimsical narrative in places which I reatly appreciated All in all this was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it For fans of the magical realism bordering on horror la Carmen Maria Machado and the bittersweet absurdism of Etgar Keret and Gary Shteyngart The stories in this collection are linked but not in an obnoxious way and leave you truly wondering where each character ended Apology becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to uard Lenin's tomb just as his parents not seen since he was a small child supposedly were Weaving the narratives together is the unforgettable chameleon like Zaya a cleft lipped orphan in Little Rabbit a beauty pageant crasher in Miss USSR a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs in Homecomi. ,
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Es you ve forgotten andor repressed at least they did for "me The characters that inhabit Reva s town of Kirovka are sad determined fearful and delusional I found something that resonated "The characters that inhabit Reva s town of Kirovka are sad determined fearful and delusional I found something that resonated me in every part of this book I d say the comparisons to both Toews
and marra are true when dredging up theMarra are true "WHEN DREDGING UP THE THE NEWSPAPERS ATTEMPTED TO DIVIDE " dredging up the the newspapers attempted to divide players into victims and villainsAfter three enerations who were the victims who the villains We d become a formidable alloy bound by shame The Moonrise (Snowfall, grand dream of euality realized Read the stories in Part One Novostro ka Little Rabbit Letter of Apology Bone Music and Miss USSR I liked them but I didn t feelripped or moved and ran out of interest in continuing Crucially I didn t care for Zaya Little Rabbit and Miss USSR my least favourites centre on her and a scan of the rest of the stories confirms her character is a strong connecting threadReview copy via Edelweiss This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the difficult aspects of UkrainianRussian life with a thick coat of humor And it works This probably appeals to Russophiles like me but I found it incredibly satisfying to read I liked the idea of this book A bunch of people living in the same building in the USSR who have overlapping storylines It started off strong and had a bit of dark humor to it The other stories all ended flat I didn t walk away with any real message I wanted Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collection of short stories set in and around a tenement building in Ukraine shortly before and just after the fall of the USSR It s at turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous with a touch of surreal beauty I love that the characters show up over multiple stories and through different time periods interconnected but never uite part of a single narrative It s also fascinating to see how they row and change and what they have to do to survive in a crumbling infrastructure I can t recommend this highly enough for anyone interested in the time period or just well written shorts stories Warning You may et attached to these ordinary people in these seemingly outlandish situations This was an entertaining collection of short. He Soviet Union But even as the benighted denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly powerless authorities they devise ingenious ways to surviveIn Bone Music an agoraphobic recluse survives by selling contraband LPs mapping the vinyl rooves of illegal Western records into stolen X ray film A delusional secret service agent in Letter of. .