Paullina Simons: The Bronze Horseman

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Ander for the sake of her beloved sister Which would be OK I uess every epic love story has to have some kind of obstacle for lovers to overcome if we don t learn later that Dasha is a self centered tramp who also physically abuses Tatiana Does Dasha deserve Tatiana s sacrifice No she doesn t therefore Tatiana s sacrifice is pretty much pointless and even silly Dimitri is a convincing obstacle but even he I am sure of it wouldn t make passes on Tatiana if Alexander simply marries her What I am City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York getting at is that the obstacles standing between our lovers are laughable at best and do not justify 400 pages worth of angst This fateful meeting is followed by another 100 pages of repetitive ramble How many times can I possibly enjoy reading about Alexander and Dimitri coming over to Tatiana s house having dinner and drinking vodka Tatiana watching Alexander with angst Alexander seating with unreadable expression Alexanderetting it on with Dasha while Tatiana is The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 groped outside by Dimitri etc My answer is not many it wears off after the second timeSameoes for the next 200 pages in a very small font depicting blockade of Leningrad where the same thing happens over and over again Tatiana Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje goes out toet her family s food rations she is cold and in danger all the time she comes home and portions the food 1 kg 500 300 250 Davids Sling g of bread etc everybody eats they are hungry theyo to sleep Same thing happens the next day and next and next until someone dies The honeymoon part is written in exactly the same way Another 100 pages of the same scenario Tatiana and Alexander make love talk cheesy rubbish Tatiana makes cabbage piespotato pancakesmushrooms they make love talk rubbish swim Alexander attempts to build something Tatiana flirts they make love again cabbage pies Come on enough alreadySome irritating things Tatiana s magical recovery from broken leg and 3 ribs in a matter of weeks her ability to speak and understand English after flipping through English Russian dictionary Marina s pointless presence in the story Tatiana s martyrdom Alexander s perfection in comparison to Russian men who according to Simmons are all smelly with dirty fingernails and oblivious to violence against womenBottom line is this book could have been much better with 300 pages of repetitive nonsense edited out because ultimately it has a decent story of love and survival in difficult circumstances but unfortunately it ot buried under a mountain of cheeseNeedless to say I will not be reading the seuels or any other books by this autho. Ing the terrible winter of the merciless German siege Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects a secret as devastating as the war itself as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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G The solution hot soldier boy is already dating her sisterStep 2 We all know that women who et it on with their sister s boyfriends have a very special level of hell reserved for them so Dasha must be portrayed in a way that will make us forgive Tatiana for her relationship with Alexander The solution make Dasha a selfish abusive whiny little bitchI didn t like the way it was handled I felt like Dasha was only a bitch to justify poor innocent Tatiana s actions And I also felt like it didn t make sense for Tatiana to sacrifice her relationship with Alexander when Dasha was evidently such an awful piece of work Tatiana exhibits behaviour of a classic Mary Sue self sacrificing innocent supposedly plain and yet desired by every male in the bookEverything about this novel seems overwrought From the exaggerated innocence vs villainous ualities of the characters to the constant rehashing of old details You know when you finish a book and think half of those pages would have sufficed This is one of those timesBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr Seeing how highly rated The Bronze Horseman is I Learner Strategies in Language Learning guess I ll be one of those very few who don t care for this book and brace myself for negative backlash Oh well I just can t stop myself from writing this reviewFirst of all I am not sure why people love this story so much when there are so much better booksmovies out there about lovers separated by war Atonement Russia during its communist era Doctor Zhivago escape from Soviet Russia EastWest I truly can t find arain of the excellence everybody is talking about in reviews posted on this websiteThe book starts well enough a very young Dangerously Placed girl eating ice cream meets a soldier at a bus stop They instantly fall for each other They start meeting every day walking and talking for hours I must admit this part is uite entrancing all these emotions and Tatiana obsessing over Alexander s every word everylance every touch I suppose I am a sucker for extended foreplay However the interest starts vanishing once you read for the 50th time which bus they take how many kilometers they walk what streets they decide to walk along this time etc I Just Destiny guess Paullina Simmons must have done a lot of research about Leningrad and wrote her book with a map of the city nearby but this is not the kind of detail that adds to the storyThe next blow comes when we learn that Alexander Oh my is the man Tatiana s sister Dasha is madly in love and sleeps on regular basis with Tatiana the tender hearted martyr she is decides toive up her love for Alex. Hen Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to LeningradYet there is light in the darkness Tatiana meets Alexander a brave young officer in the Red Army Strong and self confident yet Paradise Run guarding a mysterious and troubled past he is drawn to Tatiana and she to him Starvation desperation and fear soonrip their city dur.

Have you ever loved something so much it made you cry Have you ever needed someone so bad you can t sleep at night Have you ever tried to find the words but they don t come out right Haaaave you everrrrrr This Right here Boom Read it or miss out on the best heroheroine combo EVERRRRRRRRRRlyrics by BradiSung by Tarryn One of the best books I ve ever read so heart wrenching but that s the beauty of it Tatiana and Alexander s story w I m really uite confusedThis book came very highly recommended I picked it along with a few others from Goodreads top 100 romance novels It has been recommended to me many times over the years from people on Goodreads and from those I know in real life And it has an average rating of 440While I didn t loathe the book and enjoyed some parts the truth is that than half of these 600 pages were excruciatingly boringSimons takes some steps towards oodness but then it is ruined by the prolonged tedious nature of everything that happens For example Tatiana and Alexander s initial flirtations are exciting it s easy to et caught up in the angst of young love and all the issues that lie between them being together But the story moves at a snail pace describing their freuent walks and bus rides in intricate detail Everything I enjoyed soon soured and became dullSimilarly the tale of how people lived in Soviet Russia and the fear that came with Hitler s invasion was a Help Me, Jacques Cousteau great setting for this wartime love story What a difficult time and place to try and deal with boyfriend problems And yet the story is once again bogged down by pages and pages describing the same things over and over how many times do I need to hear about the food rationing Iet it everybody s hungry Let s move on The bigger picture is fascinating but the extent of the details and repetition is mind numbingAlso as much as I m a sucker for a touch of love angst now and then I was never completely sold on the whole forbidden love aspect of this novel I don t really know how I feel about the way Tatiana s sister Dasha was portrayed If you ve yet to read this book Tatiana meets a handsome young soldier and they have an instant connection Only it turns out that this soldier has been seeing and sleeping with her older sister So of course Tatiana does the only right thing and refuses to be with himI could practically hear the author s thought process running through my mind as I was readingStep 1 Think up a situation that would create a forbidden love scenario It has to be bad so readers will Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen get all caught up in the angstin. Theolden skies the translucent twilight the white nights all hold the promise of youth of love of eternal renewal The war has not yet touched this city of fallen randeur or the lives of two sisters Tatiana and Dasha Metanova who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents Their world is turned upside down

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad USSR in 1963 At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin