"Dr. Zhivago for WWII"
In 1941 Leningrad, Tatiana and Dasha Metanov are more
than mere sisters; they are best friends. Though the city
is not what it once was and poverty is rampant, the
siblings are happy even though they are forced to share a
bed in the family apartment. The overall good feelings of
the Metanov brood changes to fear when Stalin's Foreign
Minister Comrade Molotov announces the German invasion.
Not just the Metanovs are scared, as the entire country
knows how easily the blitzkrieg overwhelmed France.
As the country readies for war, Tatiana meets Red Army
first lieutenant Alexander Belov while she eats ice cream.
Alexander and Tatiana begin to fall in love, but Dasha also
finds herself dreaming about her sibling's soldier. Adding
to a budding triangle is the deep secrets that Alexander
has that could destroy everyone if revealed.
THE BRONZE HORSEMAN is an invigorating and exciting
World War II tale that feels more like Dr. Zhivago occurred
at the onset of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The
romance with its betrayal and secrets is fun to read on its
own account, but Paulina Simons book belongs to Leningrad
and the dark era that is just beginning and so brilliantly
described by a powerfully talented author.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 20, 2001