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A whole lifetime of struggle of twenty years recounted in A Red Boyhood as it steps beyond a history of the time, reaching through the everyday reality of life in a Stalins Russia.
Here is my only but, it is very well told but I would have loved more detail. The utter misery this gentleman & his family went through is truly tragic, but oddly is told in sometimes bland detail. I felt for him but often did not feel the misery of it all. I do not want books to be overly sad, but I felt more details as to how awful his life was with more descriptions would have made this good book a great book.
Saying that Konstantin's story is rich with details of everyday life, attitudes, traditions, and determination allowing readers to see a time where so much was hidden, glimpsing bits and pieces which could only be know by someone who had lived those days, in the horrors of communist Russia.
It details his struggles prior to WW2, through the war, & then his time in communist Berlin, finally with the wonderful ending his ultimate dream does come true.
May I also recommend if you are interested in Russia, to look at Red Notice, that is about modern day Russia & how unbelievably corrupt it is. Red Notice is a truly amazing story that will shock you to the core.
This book is one of the few first hand accounts of its kind. However, the beautifully written text is alone in talent / impact. Please read.