I recommend this book not only for its riveting story but also because it gives some insight into life in contemporary Russia. You are given an idea of what social elements give the most meaning to the people that live there, as well as a view of the conflict of feelings between old ideals and the new social order.
I'm not sure I can compare this to any other book that I have read though if you have seen and enjoyed the British series "Archangel", you will probably enjoy this book.
All the characters are well written and performed, but like other detective novels, the main detective Arcady is the main focus. His young homeless friend Genya is also an interesting and well portrayed character.
The writing style is dull as is the reading. It is not for the dyslexic reader as it seems to be written in dull uncreative jargon from a non-dyslexic writer. It needs to be more concise with less introduction and less repetition of the word dyslexic. The use of little personal stories is very formulaic. I usually don't get bothered by gender issues, but most of the little stories are about successful men.... ad nauseum. The successes of the women felt less important.
I bogged down and didn't finish the book.
fiction or history
He was as dull as the writer.
Too many to list, but the word "dyslexic" was over used in the introduction and felt like a hammer pounding away. It sounded like a formulaic self-help book from the 1990's. Perhaps a creative dyslexic who can actually write needs to write a book on the subject. It needs to be clear and not concentrate on little personal stories.
This inspiring book has all of the above but is also filled with many interesting asides. You don't need to be a runner to enjoy it, but the book might turn you into one.
The ending was the best. The unfolding of the community built between racers, and the pulling together of people was very inspiring.
I hope this event never becomes commercialised by a film.
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