Singing the gulag blues...
The cold, porous winds...
Insidious, they race in...
Ricocheting off my cell walls... Read more
This book had some really great moments - I even laughed out loud a few times. However, there was a lack of organization that made the book difficult to enjoy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura
this woman really writes well -- describes situations/people colorfully in very short order -- the subject was basically pretty dry but still somehow full of adventure and emotion... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The Possessed by Elif Batuman details her experiences with reading and studying Russian and Russian literature as a graduate student at Stanford University. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Martin
The subtitle sounds irresistible: "Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them." And the book starts engagingly, but by the time I reached the halfway point,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Harris
A personal and literary memoire by a six-foot tall, first generation Turkish American woman with a pellucid writing style and a delightful sense of humor. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anne Mills
Great book for the lovers of Russian novels. It delves into the lives of the authors and presents serendipitous information to round out the joy of reading Russian Literature.Published 9 months ago by sarafenix
At first I was going to write a review because I enjoyed this book and I imagined poor Ms. Batuman as a person who went through advanced studies at Stanford but then decided the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Wagner
It has some interesting observations, some are humorous, then we arrive in Samarkand....oh my! then it gets really boring, full of useless details about the Uzbek language,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Stichick