before getting this book...
Indeed, the readers butcher the Russian names - something dreadful. I understand that it is impossible for an American to roll "R"s or pronounce a hard "L". But it behooves a reader to find out where to place an accent.
Mari'a Gavrilo'vna really grates on the ears of anybody even slightly familiar with Russian language. Oh yes, it should be Ma'ria Gavri'lovna.
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