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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical journey through Siberia, October 13, 2010
This review is from: Travels in Siberia (Hardcover)
i read two excerpts from this book in the New Yorker Magazine a summer or two ago and couldn't tear myself away. It's such an adventure. If you've ever read one of the great Russian novels or studied world history at all you already have an historical vision filed away in your head and this book brings it all back, richly. The spirit in which Frazier traveled to research this book and because he's written it so well you feel like a fly on his shoulder throughout the journey. i'm so happy the book is finally published, i've been waiting a long time for it. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2011 8:47:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2011 8:53:36 PM PDT
mother of 3 says:
I picked up this book at our library just a few days ago; I am on Amazon because I want to by several copies for myself, family and friends. Why? Because I myself am from one of the places Mr. Frazier visited and described - Irkutsk, born in and departed from.
I absolutely love this book. From the moment he lands in Moscow, it is like I am back (in time a bit, I left in 1998) but how realistic and funny he makes it sound. The author does not make it all rosy and fine so others would flock to Moscow. Just that description of him and his friend visiting a "regular people's" bathroom made me laugh so hard, my kids ran to me to see if I was all right.
It was SO TRUE!!!! I never have been to a "foreign visitor" restroom",myself being an "Intourist" guide in summers, but the author would not have a reality shock without that one. NO, he does not exaggerate at all about anything! I read some books by Americans who visited Russia and the details (someone complains that Ian Frazier is a whiner!!??); these authors complained at everything that was actually a level "good" for Russia - give me a brake!
Mr. Ian travels, does not speak native, DOES NOT COMPLAIN and goes on and on and comes back for more!!!!

In my 13 years in the states, I never complained; I love this country and have not gone back since (soon, when kids get older to be able to travel those 29 hours of flight not including waiting in the airports).

Thank you, Mr. Frazier for a virtual travel back to my native land with such reality and fun that it made me dream of my childhood.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2013 11:52:30 PM PDT
Timothy says:
This could be a review itself ;-).
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