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Based in Nottingham, UK
Author of 'The History of Rock and Roll in 99 tweets'
A member of DIY Poets, a performance poetry collective in Nottingham
Contributor to 'Stories For Homes'
Contributor to 'A Menu of Death' by Lucy Pireel
Author of 'Droplets of Verse, Volume One (Selected Poems)'
Top Customer Reviews
With amazing detail, Andy Szpuk transcribed the life of his father, born into a catastrophe he could little comprehend and his journey through unimaginable hardship which in many ways depicted the lives of many other fellow Ukrainians of that time. At times sweet, other times heartbreaking, even shocking, Sliding On The Snow Stone unveils through the eyes of a young boy, Stefan, the mindlessness and cruelty of war. As he trekked through neighbouring countries, first with his father, and later, alone, the reader experienced alongside Stefan the fear, anger and bitterness and despondency, the desperation of hunger and starvation.
The many little details captured by the author coloured the episodes and made the scenes come alive, allowing us readers to weep, groan and laugh alongside Stefan as he journeys through life. Reading this wonderful book leaves me with a profound experience, reminding me to count my blessings for what I have and the age I live in today.
Stephan's story is a cautionary tale for all of us about the value of freedom. It is also a tribute to the presence of God in our spirits and in our lives. In one enthralling account Stephan, at a time of extremity, is led to the threshold of freedom by a mysterious man named Peter and his twelve followers, evidence, perhaps, that God has not abandoned His faithful,longsuffering Ukrainian people? Subsequent history appears to bear this out...
By the auhor of 'Graffiti On My Soul', another true story of survival
Imagine being 14 or 15 years old, being on the run, wondering what has happened to your mother, and what will happen to you as you flee into the Carpathian Mountains, cross into Slovakia (Czechoslovakia), into the Czech region ... and then your father is killed in an air raid, leaving you absolutely alone and knowing only one thing: you must find food, and you must continue going west until you reach Germany just as the war has ended and you are at the very end of your rope.
This memoir is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you cheer and weep and give a high five to Stefan when he makes it to England and begins a new life. Then another high five when he and his family visit his old home village to meet family members he has never seen.
My hat is off to his son Andy for writing his father's story down so the rest of us can read it, and to the Ukrainian people for never giving up no matter what the obstacles are.
I don't often read biographies, but am so glad I found this one.
The book was full of accurate information and detailed just enough that I felt like I was walking with him.
Going back home with all the memories is never the same.
I'll read this book again soon.
The book was beautifully written with amazing detail about unimaginable circumstances. If I could give it more than five stars I would. I will never forget this story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed in SLIDING ON THE SNOW STONE. The first half was interesting, but it became rather tedious once Szpuk's experiences prior to and during WWII changed to the pre-... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ruthig
How could a boy raised in the Ukrainian countryside master several languages? As he makes his way out of Ukraine he is inexplicably speaking and understanding languages with which... Read morePublished 5 months ago by surveyor
I picked this up to get a taste of Ukraine, since I knew next to nothing about it. I had no idea that they suffered what they did during WWII.Published 9 months ago by burlgirl
Sliding on the Snow Stone gives some informative insights into the plight of populations caught between the twin evils of Hitler and Stalin. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kaputar
Heartbreak, bravery, pride of heritage are what pours forth in this book. The Ukraine people have endured so much suffering by many neighboring nations and still are. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Annab
An enlightening chronicle of another facet of the tragedy of the World War II era. Traces his life from childhood in the 1930's Ukraine through his flight from the Russians, then... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MARVIN L
This is Avery personal story of a man long separated from his country. I found the story before and during WW II interesting. The remainder needed to be shortened.Published 14 months ago by Gregg