1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Novel Begins to Wear Thin,
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Vaclav & Lena: A Novel (Hardcover)
I loved the first many pages of this novel, one in which a delightful little Russian-immigrant boy who loves magic and wants to be a magician takes on a guardianship role of a little Russian-immigrant girl. And the novel for the first half involves the boy's all-too-Russian parents replete with the vodka and the food they eat. The mother is wonderful and caring, a woman who suspects something is amiss with the little girl, Lena. And indeed it is.
The novel is written with the syntax of what we think of the way Russians speak English. And, in fact, the way they do because I teach at a college where I have had Russian students. So when the one-star reviews claim this is all stereotypical, maybe so. But it is also the way it actually is. And it is endearing.
But then it gets to be too much as the children grown apart--I won't tell you why--and age.
It would have been better had the author done this as a shorter piece.