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The Last Quarter of the Moon Paperback – International Edition, February 25, 2014
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- Publisher : Vintage Books (February 25, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099555654
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099555650
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.09 x 0.8 x 7.78 inches
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- #607,804 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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The story-telling is attractive and touching, about the lives of the Evenki in the last century. I'm very interested in the stories about Shamans and their magic powers, also the freedom and equality between men and women within the tribes.
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In summary it's nothing more than an old old lady surrounded by her trinkets, reminiscing about family, friends, homes, loves, deaths. She tells you her story and she transports you utterly. Through time, geographically, into a community like no other. You feel like you're sitting in her hut, on her reindeer skins, by the fire, with the wind and snow flapping the door behind you.
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This is quite an achievement - you get a very vivid sense of a different way of life and the trials and tribulations of being subject to taboos, which can wreck your life, and of the mishaps and misfortunes of the way of life (you mistake one of your friends for a deer, you are attacked by a bear or you fall asleep on your reindeer and freeze to death), and of the man-made misfortunes (the war with the Japanese invasion and occupation; deforestation and its impact on the traditional way of life). You also get a clear side of the upsides of this way of life, living very close to nature as well as very close to the edge and the strong ties as well as enmities in the group with whom you live.
That said, I found I read this over an extended period - it was not a page turner. Having read the 'morning' section, it was good, however, to return for the 'mid-day' section and later the evening (the period relating to the periods of the day in which the narrative is set, and also to the periods of the narrator's life).