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Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village Paperback – February 22, 1999
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The author comes from a family of Russian emigres who fled to the West as a result of the Russian Revolution. Before the Revolution, they were part of the minor nobility that supplied the Tsars with military officers in time of war and high- and mid-level government officials in time of peace. The book is mainly about how this family lived through the tumultuous period before, during and after the Revolution. The descriptions of Russian life during this period are vivid and engaging. The family portraits of people struggling to serve and save their country (and ultimately suffering the cruelest repudiation by it) are poignant. And the pages sparkle with objective analysis and insight. In spite of his family background, he does not grind axes or pine away for what was lost. And yet, although much was lost, his love for Russia and its people is clear. He sees clearly that the old order that was swept away in 1917 had its shortcomings, shortcomings that he warns may yet undermine contemporary Russia's latest experiments with constitutional democracy.
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A well-written, engaging view of Russian history through research on one family. One must remember, though, that the author is descended from nobility, so at times his notion of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by J Mower
Why I consider it well-written: It was real - the history, the people and the places - all real. Serge's knowledge of the families, the Russian history, and the language all add up... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Andrew
This is a unique book, written by this wonderful journalist and writer, working for the New York Times. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Clemens Metternich
I bought this book about nine years ago on a trip because it sounded very interesting, however I never got around to reading it until now. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by A. Cioccarelli
For those of us who have done some reading about Russia history, this book fills in a lot of the background. Read morePublished on July 2, 2005 by Susan Kibler
A well researched history of a Western Russian village that provides great insight into Russian character, especially the impact of history on forming Russian character today. Read morePublished on April 10, 2004 by J. Jacobs
This book deserves at least two reads, in fact, everyone should have at least two copies. I re-read "Echoes" recently and I found many more aspects of interest, and many... Read morePublished on May 6, 1998