Deep in an Estonian forest, two women - one young, one old - are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors, men who know about inflicting punishment. Aliide offers refuge, but not safety: She has her own secrets, traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country’s brutal Soviet years.
Both women have suffered lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth. A haunting, intimate and gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and retribution against a backdrop of Soviet oppression and European war.
©2008 Sofi Oksanen. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This book is so beautifully worded. It paids such a vivid picture that it is alive in your mind as you listen.
I would definatly look out for this Author & Translator. I got a wonderful education on a world that would otherwise be unknown to me. It was alive with vivid scenery, action and character thoughts & conversation that I felt like I was a fly on the wall.
This is the first time I have listened to Sian and would love to hear more. She is a wonderful narrator, flawless accents and character play.
Purge is a book that must be listened to carefully, take the time to really enjoy it. It isn't something that you can just 'vague out' to. It is challenging and thought provoking.
Basic knowledge of pronunciation of Estonian people and place names should be a given. Unfortunately, the constant butchering of these cultural and historic nuances was extremely annoying and distracting.
Otherwise, the subject matter and pace of the book are fascinating, terrifying, insightful and, at times, uncomfortably realistic.
"Well written and interesting"
But if I was honest I was a little bored with this. For the 1st time I wish I had listened to an abridged version. The characters were interesting, though a little stereotypical, and the history and story were told well. Just it lacked pace, which may have been the intention, and failed to draw me in. I found that I did not really care about the characters.
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