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There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister S (2000)

by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya(Favorite Author)
3.46 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: Was putting together a list of Russian authors to read for my June Classic and realized I have never read a female Russian author. So, off to the internet I went. What I found, and what was available to me in English at the library were several short story collections. This was the first I found. And it was awesome. Very short stories, most under 10 pages, and all were about the intersection of joy and misery in Soviet Russia.
review 2: I went back and forth on what to rate this book. There are stories I enjoyed and stories I didn't. I don't think anything in this book made me question Petrushevskaya's talents as a writer. I think what eventually knocked it from a three stars to two (Like vs. Ok) is that I read this book not too long after finishing Simon Rich'
... mores 'The Last Girlfriend On Earth and other love stories' which I enjoyed to bits and Nathan Englander's 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank' in which there wasn't a wasted word and each story was a firecracker. It is probably unfair to compare these three books as the worlds in which they were written and into which they were intially recieved are vastly different. I would like to give Petrushevskaya another shot. Till next time. less
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This short story collection was OK. Some were good, others seemed to meander to nowhere.
Stark, brutal depictions of family life in Soviet Russia. Not my cup of tea.
Amazing book. Haunting and beautiful.
Review: Booksaremylove.blogspot.com
so pessimistic........
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