The Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring

eBook - 2013
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Frank Reid is a struggling printer in Moscow. On the eve of the Revolution, his wife returns to her native England, leaving him to raise their three young children alone. How does a reasonable man like Frank cope' Should he listen to the Tolstoyan advice of his bookkeeper' And should he, in his wife's absence, resist his desire for his lovely Russian housemaid' How can anyone know how to live the right life'
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547524795
054752479X
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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