Friday, 9 November 2018

Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56



My book for this week's beginning and page 56 is from one of my favourite authors; Simon Sebag Montefiore. I have three of his non-fiction books; Catherine the Great & Potemkin, Stalin, the Court of the Red Tsar and Jerusalem, the Biography. The book about Catherine and Potemkin is absolutely fantastic, so interesting. I am reading the book about Stalin for the moment, and Jerusalem will come one of these days.

When I found Sashenka, a novel of fiction by him, I just had to have it. I love his writing, so it will be interesting to see if his fictional book lives up to his non-fictional ones. As you understand, I have not read it yet.


Book beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
"Part One - St Petersburg, 1916
It was only teatime but the sun had already set when three of the Tsar's gendarmes took up positions at the gates of the Smolny Institute for Noble Girls. 
The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice
"She could not understand why the workers of the industrial world, especially in St Petersburg and Moscow, the peasants in the villages of Russia and Ukraine, the footmen and maids in her father's houses, did not rise up and slay their masters at once. She had fallen in love with the ideas of dialectical materialism and the dictatorship of the proletariat. "

22 comments:

  1. I love the era of the Russian Revolution...and the name Sashenka. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Always a pleasure. I used to live in St Petersburg, so it will be nice to visit it through the book.

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  2. I will be fascinated to hear how the transition from nonfiction to fiction goes. Hope you enjoy it.

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    1. I am hopeful. He is a very good writer of non-fiction and I am sure that he can transition into fiction. Let's hope!

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  3. This sounds really interesting. Enjoy! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you. Somehow I think I will enjoy it. I love this era and I am curious how he will describe the transition.

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  4. It's always a thrill to find another book written by a favorite author. Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Oh, dear! This sounds intriguing but I really don't care for that time period. This week I am spotlighting Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes - a medieval mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!

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    1. I love most historical fiction. The medieval mystery seems like an interesting read.

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  6. I used to love reading books set in early 1900s Russia. I hope you enjoy this. My Friday Quotes and review

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  7. Interesting and I'm especially intrigued because the author has written so many nonfiction books on the subject.

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    1. Yes, that is quite a change. He is a very good non-fiction writer, so I feel he can't go wrong with fiction. Let's see!

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  8. Sounds like the character is going to learn a lot in this one. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you. I am sure it will be an interesting read. I will share a review, once I read it.

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  9. Sounds like a good read. It's about a period I've always found interesting. Hope you enjoy the book, and thanks for sharing.

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  10. I don’t know this author , must get one of the books !

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    1. Hej Agneta, yes you must. He is in excellent non-fiction author and I am sure he will make it also in the fiction compartment. Talk to you soon!

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  11. Pretty cover and I like the snippets! Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, hope you had a good weekend. Just love the cover as well!

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