The Bronze Horseman

by Paullina Simons | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0061031127 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 12/19/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
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Got at Hope Chest 12/18/06

From Publishers Weekly
Set in her native St. Petersburg, Russia, Simons's latest thick novel (after Tully, etc.) focuses on a WWII love affair. As the story opens, Tatiana, the youngest member of the Metanova family, is just 17; she still shares a bed with her older sister, Dasha. Not long after the country goes to war with Germany, Tatiana meets Alexander, a soldier, and sparks fly. It turns out, however, that Alexander is the same soldier Dasha has been crowing about. Possessed of a strong sense of family loyalty, and living under conditions that permit no privacy, Tatiana refuses to interfere with her sister's happiness, but the attraction between Tatiana and Alexander proves too powerful. Complicating matters, another soldier, Dimitri, has information that could destroy Alexander, and Dimitri likes Tatiana, too. In order to protect both Dasha's feelings and Alexander's life, the star-crossed lovers become part of a deceptive quadrangle as war intensifies around them. Taking her title from a tragic poem by Alexandr Pushkin, Simons skillfully highlights the ironies of the socialist utopia. Despite the novel's sprawling length and its seemingly epic scope, the nearly single-minded focus on dialogue between Tatiana and Alexander leaves other character development shortchanged and the reader with the impression of a peculiarly tiny canvas. Nave and occupying the Cinderella role in her family, Tatiana is certainly a survivor though one who finally outstays her welcome. While her love story is often both tender and fierce, it is also overwrought and prolonged past the breaking point.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
The story started out, promising, but became tedious and repetitive. All the characters were whiny, and I end up, not liking any of them . The whole relationship between Tatiana and Alexander was too much and unbelievable. Alexander for being an officer in the Red Army sure had a lot of time to be with Tatiana and her sister Dasha. Most of the story takes place in Leningrad in 1941. I do not plan to read the next two books in the series.

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