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Evie, A Rebellious Young American Leaves New York In Search Of Art And Adventure In Jazz Age Paris, Where Her Grandmother Lives But On Arrival, Her Grandmother S Sudden Death Leaves Evie Compelled To Carry Out Her Dying Wish To Find A Man From Her Past Called ZhenyaThe Quest Leads Evie Deep Into The Heart Of The Russian Migr Community Of Paris With The World On The Brink Of War, She Becomes Embroiled In Murder Plots, Conspiracies And Illicit Love Affairs As White Faces Red Russian And Nothing Is As It SeemsWith Jean, A Liberal Russian Writer By Her Side, Evie Finally Seems To Have Found The Passion And Excitement She S Yearned For But Is She Any Nearer To Discovering The Identity Of The Mysterious Zhenya, Or The Heartbreak Of Her Grandmother S Past

10 thoughts on “The White Russian

  1. says:

    I discovered this book in the library when I had just finished Smiley s People which had bits about Russian emigres and I was pining for a similar book because my library didn t have ANY Le Carre novels and I had waited weeks to order even Smiley s People from inter library loan I thought of re reading Berberova s The Italics Are Mine which would have filled that yen but I wasn t ready for that yet ANYWAY, this book filled that yen it has everything you could want in a Paris Russian emigre type book with cafes and vodka and mysteries and murder and people being kidnapped and forcibly taken back to the Motherland by the NKVD and everything All good.BUTI kept feeling as if the author was too modern in her writing and not immersed enough in the era I don t mean that she had to write Swell or You re elected with 1930s American jargon but just the psychological studies just seemed too modern I kept expecting that the White Russian of the title was going to appear with his Sony Walkman if not check his Facebook I dunno It s hard to describe, the feeling that someone is just too modern in their rendering of a story that is in the past It s harder to do than you might think There s a bit of over the top melodrama with the White Russian s adopted son or whatever, but it s a novel about Russian emigres in Paris, what else I loved some of the characters who were very life like, such as her grandmother s friend, the gypsy torch singer There were a lot of little realistic touches I still think this writer needs to read a long book Berberova would do or hang out in Russia for longer and then try again.

  2. says:

    The reason I wanted to read The White Russian is because I enjoyed reading Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett I found I was so engaged in reading The White Russian I was just turning pages after pages It is such a beautiful novel I just got completely lost into it The White Russian is set into four parts Evie did not know her grandmother until she turned eighteen.Out of the blue Evie s mother gets a letter from Evies grandmother in Paris offering to pay for her to go to college Evie s unknown grandmother had enclosed a picture of herself Without Evie s mother knowing Evie took the picture and put it in her own room As Evie arrives in Paris to see her grandmother she is had not expected to be in a situation out of her depth as she stumbles upon her grandmother in bed that is frail and so very thin Her hair looked so very dull her hands frail and papery, blue veined Evie s grandmother makes frantic mumbled sound MMMM, she is trying to tell Evie something As Evie s grandmother was finding it hard to talk she took to writing with a letter with M on that was repeated several times The sudden death of her grandmother leaves Evie to carry out her grandmothers dying wish to find a man from her past Evie seeing her grandmother is just a little part of the story in The White Russian There is so much to this novel that is very touching and suprisingly waiting for readers to explore I look forward to Vanora Bennett s next novel Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com

  3. says:

    First of all, I don t like romance novels Second of all, I don t particularly enjoy historical fiction Third of all, this book was both The writing was confusing, switching between first person and third person The characters weren t well rounded The good part about this novel was the setting descriptions A for that, Vanora Bennett If you don t read a book just for the setting descriptions, do not read this book.

  4. says:

    Thirties Paris, with Russian immigrants looking for a better life and love.

  5. says:

    Despite the inclusion of some very real people, focus was on the fictional characters and they were unfortunately tedious and 2 dimensional I was especially disappointed in the love story as it seemed to come out of nowhere Long lost relatives were also part of the theme and that was also quite annoying and soap opera ish.

  6. says:

    I wanted to like this book so much, but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would It has all the makings of a good book coming of age, conflict, love and Paris It wasn t engaging I am, however, considering reading some of her other novels.

  7. says:

    This satisfied my criteria for a perfect beach read 1 immersive story 2 well written and 3 believable, likable characters The setting the micro world of White Russians in Paris adds to the romance and color of the novel Evie, our protagonist, is a somewhat naive, conflict avoidant young woman who both comes into her own and finds love in her search to understand where she comes from by seeking out her Parisian based grandmother It was somewhat disappointing not to get to know her grandmother she seemed like a fascinating personality but that disappointment is shared by Evie so I suppose it s intentionally done by the author Verdict

  8. says:

    I really looked forward to this book based on the summary But even just a few pages in I could not get past the contemporary language being used to try and tell a story based in the early 20th century That really killed it for me and I couldn t fully get into the plot with this superficial layer holding back the authenticity I did like the concept of the plot but when doing historical fiction the writing style is so important.

  9. says:

    A bit far fetched incorporating a sheltered unworldly young female American in the middle of a Russian spy network in Paris in the late 1930 s I struggled to engage with the story and found Evie s character hard to believe Some of her aggressive behavior toward the Russians lacked credibility Required reading for my book club, or I would have put this book back on a shelf long ago.

  10. says:

    More like a 2.5 or 2.75 I was really hopeful about this story because there aren t too many written about the White Emigres and this time period so I was anxious to learn about it Unfortunately, things didn t start to pick up until midway and ending left me unsatisfied Most of the issues were tied up, but not very neatly.