The Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring

Book - 1989
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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is March 1913, and the grand old city of Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air, and nowhere more so than at 22 Lipka Street, the home of English printer Frank Reid.

Publisher: London, Eng. : Flamingo, 1989
ISBN: 9780006543701
0006543707
Characteristics: 187 p. ; 20 cm

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KarenCharMeck
Jun 07, 2017

I advise readers to take a review with a grain of salt if it was written by someone who admittedly did not read the book, such as the comment below.

This story is calm and enjoyable. It's 'excitement' is more subtle, with witty humor sprinkled throughout. It reads quickly, so it's a good weekend book. If you tend to enjoy historical fiction or want to give it a shot, this is a good book for you.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 26, 2016

This book was recommended to me and had to get it by ILL . Was very boring and dry content . In fact I gave it 2 chapters , it did not pick up , read the last chapter , and came to the conclusion I was best off to have not read this book . In my opinion would definitely not recommend .

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uncommonreader
Apr 11, 2016

This is Fitzgerald's last (and favorite) novel, set in 1913 in Moscow. It tells the story of a family - Russian born British father owner of small printing firm, wife who leaves, and three children. One employee is a follower of Tolstoy. It has a gentle humour and the oldest child is well-done. However, one is always aware of Fitzgerald's meticulous research rather than the creation of a feeling of Russia before the Revolution.

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santiano9
Aug 28, 2014

Not sure where I heard of this account of a expat Englishman and family living in Russia just before the revolution, but glad I did. A glimpse into a world I am interested in and know next to nothing about. Everyday lives with enough of a story to keep things moving. A good read.

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