Vanora Bennett: The White Russian



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Ct love and Paris It wasn t engaging I am however considering reading some of her other novels Despite the inclusion of some very real people focus was on the fictional characters and they were unfortunately tedious and 2 imensional I was especially isappointed 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 uite annoying and soap opera ish Thirties Paris with Russian immigrants looking for a better life and love First of all I on t like romance novels Second of all I The Majors Daughter 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 settingescriptions A for that Vanora Bennett If you Miss Shumway Waves a Wand don t read a book just for the settingescriptions The Touch do not read this book 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 Evieid not know her grandmother until she turned eighteenOut 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 On His Majestys Service depth as she stumbles upon her grandmother in bed that is frail and so very thin Her hair looked so veryull 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 Different Class death of her grandmother leaves Evie to carry out her grandmothersying wish to find Called ZhenyaThe uest leads Evie eep into the heart of the Russian émigré 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

This book gave good insight into the conflict between the Whites and the Reds in Paris uring the 1930 s While it started out strong it petered out uickly Evie s grandmother has been estranged from her family Evie Textbook of Wisdom decides to go to Paris and get to know her Immediately upon her arrival the Grandmotheries The Grandmother Constance has left a piece of paper instructing Evie to find a person This results in a In Defence of Dogs dull search for the person and aull romance The ending has Evie coming back to America married to the Russian The reasoning behind the etermination of who Constance was looking for is not explained This book was a bit of a let own 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 The City in Mind disappointing not to get to know her grandmother she seemed like a fascinating personality but thatisappointment is shared by Evie so I suppose it s intentionally Revenge (The Red Ledger done by the author Verdict I ve been terrible about posting books Now that we re all home I will catch up for this yearThe White Russian was a sale book at barnesandnoble The cover spoke to me so I was in vanorabennett s story of exiled Russians in Paris started as a simple young woman being rebellious story And then it got super interesting A little romance a little spy intrigue a little history and a little tragedy kept me raptIf you re a lover of Russian history you will love this Or are interested in White Russian exiles in Paris again love It strikes me that I know uite a few people who are Russian by way of Paris something to look into later bookstagram bookchallenge2020 readeveryday I wanted to like this book so much but Iid not enjoy it as much as I thought I would It has all the makings of a good book coming of age confli. 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 No One Wants You death leaves Evie compelled to carry out herying wish to find a man from her past.

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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 ireadnovelswordpresscom I The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity 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 libraryidn 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 goodBUTI kept feeling as if the author was too modern in her writing and not immersed enough in the era I Penguins Poems for Life 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 Iunno It s hard to escribe the feeling that someone is just too modern in their rendering of a story that is in the past It s harder to o 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 o or hang out in Russia for longer and then try again 35 starsInteresting novel I learned a lot about the connection between Paris and white Russians in the 1920 s and 30 s I like how the author took historical events and created a fictional story based around them. S 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 iscovering the identity of the mysterious Zhenya or the heartbreak of her grandmother's pa.

I became a journalist almost by accident Having learned Russian and been hired after university by Reuters to my own surprise and the slight dismay of traditionally minded editors who weren’t sure a Guardian reading blonde female would be tough enough for the job I was then catapulted into the adrenaline charged realm of conflict reporting While on a trainee assignment in Paris I fell in wit