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5.0 out of 5 starsI'm getting married because this book
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
Seriously. I read it while traveling through Europe/Russia this summer -- recommended by a family friend -- and at the end, in Naples, I met the woman of my dreams. She is helping me publish my debut novel now. We're like one of these couples:)
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2012
I wonder if I could be as supportive as these wives were, especially Anna Dostoevsky and Sophia Tolstoy! The Russian authors are my most favorite writers - just unbelievable writing. I'm not an intellectual, but I know good stories when I read them. And, if it were not for these women, many of our treasured books woud not have been written. I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 because after a while all the wives stories were quite similar in their struggles to help their husbands be better human beings. The author, Alexandra Popoff, should be commended for the research she did to compile this tribute to these incredible wives.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2013
Quite interesting to know about the distaffs of these renowned luminaries. Unfortunately, felt quite small after reading these brave ladies' exploits, turbulent troubles throughout, but they stood by their men. Learned an awful lot about these authors and their times.
4.0 out of 5 starsSadly like a lot of biographies you end up loathing writers ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2016
The Wives is a very enjoyable read through known territory. However by focusing almost exclusively on the wives you get a true picture of their sacrifices and devotion. Sadly like a lot of biographies you end up loathing writers whose work you admire. Of all the six writers in the book only Bulgarkov seems to be an appreciative and delightful husband. Great fun and a very welcome distraction from the misery of Brexit.