I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the USSR.
Spufford's technique of combining fiction with some very intricate history and economics brings the subject alive to the extent that I could hardly put the book down.
It gives you how the whole thing set off on the wrong track from the beginning with a naive faith and it does all this while reading like a great novel.
Fascinating explanation of the dreams and ideals of the early Soviet Union. I only wish there would have been a longer run on the theme through the end of the USSRPublished 5 days ago by Steve in MT
Somewhat sputtering, a bit slow, mired in microscopic and repetitive details.Published 2 months ago by Old Fashioned Values
Red Plenty is a great read, one that is hard to put down. Despite its length, it never seems to bog down or wander off on irrelevant tangents. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RJS
Part history, part "docudrama" and all good! Spufford takes real people on actual occasions; e.g. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael J. Myers
Allowed me to comprehend the collapse of the Soviet Union with a clarity that more scholarly works had failed to achieve and a fun read in the bargain.Published 5 months ago by richard arvedon
This novel provides a better feel for what it was like to live in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and early 1960s, than any save a specialist in the period can achieve. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DrJohnB
I'm not too sure where to begin. This was surely a fantasy guided by a stream of carefully crafted consciousness, yielding a most entertaining and informative lesson on Soviet... Read morePublished 6 months ago by GA Knight
Red Plenty is organized almost as a series of linked short stories. Some stories clearly link to others; some stories could stand completely alone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is a novel-like book with Russian fairy tales, skazki, interwoven. The characters are both real and imagined. We want the workers to succeed, the horrible plans to be abandoned. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon Graham