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The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood By Eugenie Fraser,

  • Title: The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood
  • Author: Eugenie Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780552128339
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • The riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian Scottish marriage includes the purchase by the author s great grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love, the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksandr II for her husband, the extraordinaryThe riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian Scottish marriage includes the purchase by the author s great grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love, the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksandr II for her husband, the extraordinary courtship of her parents, and her Scottish granny being caught up in the abortive revolution of 1905 Brought up in Russia but taken on visits to Scotland, Eugenie Fraser marvelously evokes a child s reactions to two totally different environments, sets of customs, and family backgrounds With the events of 1914 to 1920 the war with Germany, the Revolution, the murder of the Tsar, and the withdrawal of the Allied Intervention in the north came the disintegration of Russia and of family life The stark realities of hunger, deprivation, and fear are sharply contrasted with the adventures of childhood The reader shares the family s suspense and concern about the fates of its members and relives with Eugenie her final escape to Scotland.
    The House by the Dvina A Russian Childhood The riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian Scottish marriage includes the purchase by the author s great grandfather of a peasant girl with w

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    1. Page 225 I really do love the book Is it b c I appreciate what Oscar has destroyed I do not think so I promise this is my last quote We spent several days in the convent In the refectory sttod long tables with stools placed around them In the centre of the room, standing at a praying desk, a nun read passages from the Bible throughout the meal The first course, I remember, was a rich fish soup known as ukha , with pieces of the fuqh and potatoes floating in it I might well have enjoyed it if it [...]

    2. The house by the Dvina is a beautifully written memoir about two families separated in culture but bond together by a Russian Scottish marriage.Eugenie Fraser was brought up in Russia and this story recounts her early childhood in Russia The story begins with the meeting of her parents in Scotland where her mother Nelly meets her father Gherman Scholts a young German Businessman on the street and they young couple fall in love, marry and return to Archangel, a port city near the Arctic Circle wh [...]

    3. I can t say enough about this memoir It has everything an intense sense of place and time, an exotic locale, catastrophic events as well as detailed depictions of Russian culture christenings, name days, Christmases, Easters, the food at these events, the way the household was run, etc , also the comings and goings of a large extended family with all their quirks and histories in both Russia and Scotland not to mention the household servants, and friends of the family.As if that weren t enough, [...]

    4. Little House on the Prairie, revolutionary Russia style Lots of family members and family traditions and momentous events seen through a child s eyes, all made spellbinding by skillful storytelling and the exotic, far off by both time and distance setting.Reading this book, I was struck by the thought that Europe used to be a much smaller place, metaphorically speaking The heads of state were all related to each other and Russian kids went to boarding school in Latvia and Helsinki was practicall [...]

    5. This is an engaging memoir beginning with the years leading up to the Russian Revolution to 1920 It is set largely in Russia s Arctic town of Archangel Because the author is half Russian and half Scottish, it is interesting to see how the two cultures interact There are many interesting details about family and tradition and about war and revolution The author has a very simple, matter of fact style which makes for easy, yet intriguing reading.

    6. The House on the Dvina is a delightful memoir written by Russian Scottish Eugenie Fraser Jenya was born in her father s home town of Archangel on the Dvina river As is the Russian custom, Jenya s father Gherman Scholts, brought his new Scottish wife, Nelly, from her home in Broughty Ferry Scotland to live at his home in Archangel, in northwestern Russia This book spans 1904 to 1920, and so includes the Russian Revolution 1914 to 1917 The extended family of mill owners, lives on an estate belongi [...]

    7. Just arrived from Greece through BM.A magnificent book by Eugenie Fraser who tell her autobiography in Russia during 1905 and 1920 Her mother was Scottish and his father is Russian and they live in Archangel, Russia.As historical background, the author describes the war with Germany, the Revolution, the murder of the Tsar, the withdrawal of the Allied Intervention and how Russian people tried to survive during the starvation period.The sequel of this book is The Dvina Remains

    8. I read this marvelous book years ago, but couldn t remember the name it was in a previous edition hardbound The story of the author s childhood in the early years of the twentieth century Eugenie Fraser grew up in the Archangel area of Russia along the Dvina River and spent periods of time at her mother s childhood home in Scotland Excellent writing and historical perspective.

    9. A wonderful and evocatively written book, with great character development, it centers around two families and life in the early 1900s, World War 1 and the Russian Revolution It tells the story of the author growing up in Archangel, Russia, in a loving, warm and rich in tradition family It gives the reader an amazing insight into what Russia was like back then the fun, laughter and gaiety associated with a rich and comfortable lifestyle at least for the author s family, both Russian and Scottish [...]

    10. A memoir that looks like a work of fiction, like a novel.I liked its structure, which combines a ring structure the first part with a lineal one the rest of the book , and with a good number of flash backs and some flash forwards devices I also liked the descriptions of the nature in relation with the weather through the different seasons of the year, especially those of the river Dvina The passing of time is also reflected through the fixed celebrations throughout the year Christmas, Carnival, [...]

    11. This is a fascinating and immensely readable memoir Eugenie Fraser born Evgeniya Scholts in Archangel Russia in 1906 the eldest child of Russian father and Scottish mother reveals a world consigned to history books Samovars, wolves, sledges piled high with furs and packages rushing through the artic winter, women bathing naked in the river unobserved and unmolested, are jst a few of the images that this book leaves the reader with The realities of war and revolution are described with a sort of [...]

    12. Beautiful description of northern Russia, it s people and by gone lifestyle and costumes For me, it lacked the emotional intensity that many situations deserve For example, I wasn t grieved when the mother and two children leave Russia behind I found it a tedious read and wishing to reach the end On the positive, I learned a lot and this will be helpful in other books about Russia.

    13. A beautiful memoir, full of little joys, big events, and two families amid revolution, war and exile The writing is excellent and stories will catch you by surprise Very much recommended.For the longer review, please go here epinions review Eugeni

    14. It is the story of one Russian girl robbed of her innocence at an early age, a story of survival in a time of turmoil from which even the memories are somewhat meant to be washed away by fate as most are brought six feet under in the silencing presence of their untimely death This memoir is Eugenie Fraser s way of living to tell the tale.

    15. Nog eens een lekker ouderwets goed verteld verhaal, een autobiografie over een kind van een Russische vader en een Schotse moeder dat haar jeugd doorbrengt in Archangelsk en daar na een rijkelijk onbezorgd kinderleven in haar puberteit geconfronteerd wordt met oorlog en revolutie, waardoor de welgestelde familie alles verliest Prachtig verteld, een boek dat je in n adem uitleest.

    16. I read this with an interval, probably due to an overkill of Russian literature I doubt this book would be considered literature, since the author was part Russian, part British But it is entertaining, also because it is entirely autobiographical Until recently I did not know the Allied forces had landed near Murmansk and Archangel during part of World War I.

    17. Author s childhood in Russia in the early 1900 s Her story continues through the revolution and escape to Scotland Very interesting regarding the changes in Russia at the time thoroughly enjoyed Also enjoyed the two follow ups.

    18. I actually read her second book, A House by the Hooglie, but couldn t find it on database Interesting glimpse of days gone by most interesting element was her comment about trade in India her husband worked in jute and how their experience wasn t part of the Empire myth.

    19. A beautiful memoir of a fairly privileged childhood in Russia just before and during the revolution I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    20. Wow I read and loved this memoir on our spring break vacation With a daughter in Russia and a son in Ukraine, I wanted to learn about daily life in old Russia So this book was perfect for me Here s the book summary The riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian Scottish marriage includes the purchase by the author s great grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love, the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made [...]

    21. I m a sucker for descriptive memoirs set in faraway lands, so I truly enjoyed this book The author recounts her youth from early 1900 s well through the Bolshevik revolution she spent time living in both Russia her father was Russian and Scotland her mother Scottish during that time, but the book focuses on her Russian experiences.She was born into a privileged family and enjoyed all sorts of lovely things, and I was struck by how generous her family was in the community Pre soviet Russia seemed [...]

    22. It s amazing to me that someone can remember her life in such detail my memory is nowhere near this good It s a well written look into upperclass life in Russia, pre revolution a fine life, though very cold I learned quite a lot about about Russian culture, food, and how to endure arctic winters The author manages to channel her childhood impressions, yet write with great sophistication I do get a little lost in all of the people whose names end in ka or somesuch, but they are interesting people [...]

    23. I read this book when it first came out in 1987 and began reading it in London, then finished it off whilst travelling around China A rather bizarre backdrop for a story about a Russian child in Northern Russia Having said that, I loved it and my American friend on the trains around China kept borrowing it which although annoying proves that it must be an appetising read as she kept coming back for Again, about people, and if you love Russia or things Russia, go for it 25 years ago folks, but i [...]

    24. Re read in January 2017 or actually listened to This time hearing the correct pronunciation of names.I really loved this book of the authors childhood at the beginning of the 20th Century up to the Russian revolution She describes a lifestyle so different to now and conveys the horrors of what happened there so well It is hard to imagine that this took place less than a hundred years ago Would highly recommend this book.

    25. A variable read, I found the writing style tedious at times and was totally bewildered by all the names and people discussed, however I also learnt new facts about a period of Russian history I was somewhat hazy about, plus the involvement of allied troops in trying to keep the communists at bay was news to me

    26. A vivid memoir of childhood, culminating in a harrowing escape from Russia According to the author s obituary, she wrote this when she was nearly 80 and it was published the next year to great acclaim An unforgettable read especially for those interested in Russian history and the craft of memoir.

    27. Really enjoyed this book It really makes you feel like you are there I was interested in how her life turned out, but she only mentions in the epilogue that she married and had 2 children and lived in India.

    28. I really enjoyed this book, but the only struggle I had with it were all the names and nicknames of different people in Eugenies life I got lost with who was who Apart from that, it was very interesting Russia through the eyes and memories of a child.

    29. This book is a big part of the reason why I began studying Russian I thought it was beautiful and evocative of a lost world at the time, although it seems kind of laboured when I browse through it now.

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