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[Maria Reva] Good Citizens Need Not Fear [israel Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle or Book Read

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A brilliant and bitingly funny collection of stories united around a single crumbling apartment building in UkraineA bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building along with its residents from municipal records So begins Reva's darkly hilarious Anthony Doerr intertwined narratives nine stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of t. I had high hopes for Good Citizens Need Not Fear a series of interconnected stories set in or near an apartment building in Ukraine that appears on no government maps The possibilities for simultaneous humor and things to chew on was enticing And this was a good book just not as good a book as I d hopedThe individual stories work as stand alones but also fit together neatly The writing style is direct clear and at times whimsical The book makes delightful use of occasional unusual illustrations that feel like little treats scattered about for readers to discoverI think the main reason I didn t fall wildly in love with this book is that it reminded me of but did not compare successfully with Anthony Marra s The Tsar of Love and Techno Marra s book was less humorous than Good Citizens so they don t occupy exactly the same reading niche Depending on individual tastes readers will come to different decisions about which of the two the prefer For me the bottom line was that the relationships among characters and those characters themselves were complex in Marra s book and I tend to value complexityThat said Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an entertaining read that goes beyond humor to depict life in a part of the world currently in the news but unfamiliar to most US readers It s worth checking outI received a free electronic review copy of this book from the piublishers via NetGalley The opinions are my own

SUMMARY Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Apology becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to guard Lenin's tomb just as his parents not seen since he was a small child supposedly were Weaving the narratives together is the unforgettable chameleon like Zaya a cleft lipped orphan in Little Rabbit a beauty pageant crasher in Miss USSR a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs in Homecomi. This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the difficult aspects of UkrainianRussian life with a thick coat of humor And it works This probably appeals to Russophiles like me but I found it incredibly satisfying to read

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He Soviet Union But even as the benighted denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly powerless authorities they devise ingenious ways to surviveIn Bone Music an agoraphobic recluse survives by selling contraband LPs mapping the vinyl grooves of illegal Western records into stolen X ray film A delusional secret service agent in Letter of. Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collection of short stories set in and around a tenement building in Ukraine shortly before and just after the fall of the USSR It s at turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous with a touch of surreal beauty I love that the characters show up over multiple stories and through different time periods interconnected but never uite part of a single narrative It s also fascinating to see how they grow and change and what they have to do to survive in a crumbling infrastructure I can t recommend this highly enough for anyone interested in the time period or just well written shorts stories Warning You may get attached to these ordinary people in these seemingly outlandish situations El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly powerless authorities they Fragonard Art and Eroticism devise ingenious ways to surviveIn Bone Music an agoraphobic recluse survives by selling contraband LPs mapping the vinyl grooves of illegal Western records into stolen X ray film A The Monarchs Are Missing darkly humorous with a touch of surreal beauty I love that the characters show up over multiple stories and through Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding do to survive in a crumbling infrastructure I can t recommend this highly enough for anyone interested in the time period or just well written shorts stories Warning You may get attached to these ordinary people in these seemingly outlandish situations


10 thoughts on “Good Citizens Need Not Fear

  1. says:

    I had high hopes for Good Citizens Need Not Fear a series of interconnected stories set in or near an apartment

  2. says:

    I liked the idea of this book A bunch of people living in the same building in the USSR who have overlapping storylines It started off strong and had a bit of dark humor to it The other stories all ended flat I didn't walk away with any real

  3. says:

    1933 Ivansk Street doesn't exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegetable and at one point even a mummified saint Written with a wry tongue in cheek criticism of Soviet government and politics Reva's collection is both wholly bizarre and devastatingly authentic Reva's collection of

  4. says:

    Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collection of short stories set in and around a tenement building in Ukraine shortly before and just after the fall of the USSR It's at turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous with a touch

  5. says:

    If you have any connection to an ex Soviet state these stories will likely bring up memories you've forgotten a

  6. says:

    This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual parts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all centers in and around a cast of colourful characters living in a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet era Ukraine The collection felt reminiscent of collections like Snow In May by Kse

  7. says:

    Read the stories in Part One 'Novostroïka' 'Little Rabbit' 'Letter of Apology' 'Bone Music' and 'Miss USSR' I liked them but I didn't feel gripped or moved and ran out of interest in continuing Crucially I didn't care for Zaya – 'Little Rabbit' and 'Miss USSR' my least favourites centre on her – and a scan of the rest of the stories confirms her character is a strong connecting threadReview copy via Edelweiss

  8. says:

    I rarely write reviews but I feel as though I must for this one I loved that each story was somehow linked to the others and it made me feel as though there were little details that I may have missed which I will hopefully pick up on during a re read All of the stories were so charming with these less than perfect but so loveable characters The stories made me want to look for stories about Soviet Ukraine and

  9. says:

    This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coa

  10. says:

    For fans of the magical realism bordering on horror à la Carmen Maria Machado and the bittersweet absurdism of Etgar Keret and Gary Shteyngart The stories in this collection are linked but not in an obnoxious way and leave you truly wondering where each character ended up

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