- Mar 23, 2022
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In Memoriam - Alice Winn.
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I thought it very good, - and well worth reading, and very well written - but nowhere nearly as good as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy (which I thought outstanding), and not quite as good as Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.Haven't read it yet, but want to. I rather suspect it may call to mind some of Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy.
I loved those first three books, and then think I never got around to most of the rest (except Stalin's Ghost). By then I was burning the candle at both ends in a hamster wheel of 80-hour weeks, struggling even to leave time for friends and family (and eventually commuting upstate to work on my version of "this old house").Now, to my mind, none of the other works came close to the sheer power of this first work, although, taken loosely, the first three - which form a sort of trilogy - (Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square), are all excellent, and form a sort of over-arching natural narrative arc, one which comes to an end - a natural conclusion - with the fall of the Soviet Union. And they are very, very, very good, terrific stories, some great characters, wonderful settings.