Оправдание Острова - Eugene Vodolazkin
A "pritcha" about history. Would recommend.
- It was quite enjoyable to read overall.
- The chapters about making the movie and life in Paris seemed boring.
- Maybe a bit too long. Why did they need a chapter about a horse-obsessed leader after a bee-obsessed leader?
- It seems to mock the entire world history, not just the Russian. But nothing is too precise.
- It makes one look at the history of the world "from the above".
- The mystical element (ancient princes, yelling "knife" across the island, people generally hearing things from too far) are... interesting.
- The mocking of the revolution was hilarious.
- The narrator is unreliable, is he? For some parts of the story, he's very explicitly unreliable (when there are two tales of the same event), but for the rest? I wonder if the story of the revolution and of the abdication is told honestly. Are the ancient prince and princess really this holy?
- I just love his style.
- A lot of kindness and wisdom in there.
- I loved the "discoveries" of evidence of their ancestry from August.
I will read more of Vodolazkin for sure.