- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Books (September 29, 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156453932
- ISBN-13: 978-0156453936
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,864,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Involuntary Journey To Siberia Paperback – September 29, 1971
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The book contains wit and tongue and cheek irony. In becoming a victim of the system, Amalrik also becomes an observer. The secret police who are almost apologetic at what they must do. The forlorn hopelessness and inefficiencies of the Siberian collective farms are things that legends are made of. And, of course, those individuals who can't for a moment help themselves because of their devotion to Vodka give a human face to the drama.
Because the book is not one that ends in tragedy, Amalrik can afford to approach the topic in a less than heavy handed manner. The book is a life experience and well worth the time. Historically, it has its merits too, as another testament to the decay and inevitable dissolution of the Soviet and commninist society.
The book is fairly short and a quick read as well.