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After many years Gorgito still hasn't found his older sister Maria. She left when he was a child and he's never been able to locate her. He promised his mother he'd track her down, but so far he doesn't have any leads. His goddaughter Yulia wants to go to America to become a professional ice skater. Her brother Dima will be left behind just like Gorgito all those years ago. That's why Gorgito wants to build an ice rink. Maybe he can convince Yulia to stay home, so history won't repeat itself. Can Emma help him to succeed at this enormous project?
Gorgito is a special man. He's positive and enthusiastic, he's always got some kind of plan and nothing is too crazy for him. I immediately liked him and admired his cheerful personality and sunny disposition. He's a dreamer with a big heart. He welcomes Emma with open arms and therefore she feels at home in Nikolevsky straight away. She struggles with the choice between two countries, does she belong in England or in Russia? She's sweet and caring and she's also smart and practical, which makes her good at what she does. She doesn't take impulsive decisions, which makes her a perfect candidate to work together with Gorgito. She can help him to make his dreams become reality.
Gorgito's Ice Rink is an interesting book. Elizabeth Ducie starts her story at a slow pace, so it's easy for the readers to get to know her main characters and find out more about the factory and life in Russia. Gradually she adds more layers to the story and quickens the pace. I enjoyed learning something about the Russian way of life and loved reading about a country that went through many changes in the years Elizabeth Ducie describes. She clearly knows a lot about her subject and that instantly fascinated me.
I liked that Gorgito's Ice Rink is set in different periods of time. Before Emma came to Russia Gorgito lived in a small village with his parents and sister. She describes their lives and tells Maria's history, which was my favorite part of the story. True love complicates her life and because of it she leaves her family. I was impressed by her bravery and had tears in my eyes when I read about what happened to her and why Gorgito couldn't find her. Every main character is somehow connected to Gorgito. I loved how I got to know him really well by reading about the lives of the people he loves. Everything together makes Gorgito's Ice Rink an original and fabulous book, I liked it very much.
I loved Gorgito, he had that favorite uncle quality. Everyone came to life in this book, but the overall pace was a bit slow for me. I didn't feel drawn along, although I did continue reading. I think I would prefer this as a film, since ice skating is so visually engaging.
These are some things that detracted from the story for me:
- Confusing beginning. Was not sure location of main character. Got the impression she was in a flashback in England, turned out she was in Russia. High number of characters introduced in a short amount of time.
- use of single quote punctuation mark instead of double quotation. When a character is speaking, need to use double quotation mark. When a character is quoting someone else, single quotation mark is used.
- omniscient voice needs to be grammatically correct. If the book is written in first person, more leeway with grammar. If book is in third person, must be grammatically right.
- characters actions need to be separated by paragraphs. If a character is speaking, including the actions of another character in the same paragraph is confusing.
There may be some issues that are a matter of personal taste, but overall the strength of this story is the realness of the characters.
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