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Tale of the White Crow: Coming of Age in Post-Soviet Latvia Paperback – August, 2003
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On another level, however, this book is the story of a very personal triumph. Ms. Melnika describes in vivid detail the difficult reality of those living in Latvia during the past two decades. From the scarcity of goods and services, to the mind-controlling religious cults, to the hedonism that supposedly represents the freedoms of the West, the author encountered them all and portrays her experiences with an honesty of which only the young are capable.
Tale of the White Crow is a journal. Some readers may object to the broken English translation, but I found it strangely appropriate.
I have only two small criticisms: the journal simply ends - I very much wanted to know what became of the author. Also, there are several photos in the book but no descriptions of what they are of. I would like to have seen photos of the people referred to in the book.
The photos capture the essence of the city so well, we enjoyed seeing places we had visited.
A great book and I look forward to other books by this author.