Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
The Bronze Horseman
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Morrow, Jun 2001, $26.95, 656 pp.
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 Stalinís 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 siblingís 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.
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