Alexievich compiles an oral history from the women who served at the Soviet front lines during WWII. These are stories that were often silenced, but their courage and patriotism should have been honored all along. Heartbreaking read, but highly recommend.
I'm only bailing because I just can't get into war stories right now. Normally I would set it aside until the mood struck but it's a library book I have to return. So for now I'm done. I did like the writing and the presentation. And I feel it is an important book. I might just have to go buy my own copy to read in spurts.
I've heard good things about this one. Went into my local library to request through inter-library loan and they had it. #winning
The intro to this book was amazingly powerful and profound. The writing is elegant and concise. Well worth the read!
I don't really know how to review this book. I love what the author has done here, I love the fact that she found these stories. They are important but I hate that this book needed to be written and I hate what these people inside went through before, during and after the war. It's people telling there stories and whilst it is cohesive individual voices come through. This doesn't leave you with any answers at the end, no clear cut good and bad.
There can't be one heart for hatred and another for love. We only have one, and I always thought about how to save my heart.
My review on this book will be coming tomorrow
#readingwomenmonth pink books all from the library recently. The tagged book would go in #readingwomenchallenge as by a Russian author as would unspeakable as its a book of essays. Inferior is about how science got women wrong and I'm hoping to get to it this month too. @Andrew65 @ephemeralwaltz
Only a soul sister would know why I would want to read this. Many thanks and much love to @saresmoore for the late Mother‘s Day, early birthday surprise. I swear...my Litsy friendships have restored my faith in humanity.
I gave this to my daughter for Christmas but had to buy myself another copy after I started reading it. It‘s revealing about what women did in the war and what they still thought about (haircuts, clean clothes). But it‘s rather Soviet in style (or perhaps women still framed their memories in a Soviet way). I preferred Night of Stone by Catherine Merridale.
In this book, the author compiles stories from women who fought in a variety of ways during World War II. These are important stories to share, and I do appreciate all the work the author did to collect them. Still, I‘m not a fan of nonfiction (though, recently, I keep reading it), so it just didn‘t hold my interest from start to finish.
The author interviewed hundreds of Soviet women who served during WWII—some of them in support jobs like nurse and laundress, and more than I realized who served in positions usually held by men, like pilot and sniper.
I didn‘t love this book, but I rarely connect with books about war. However, I think it‘s an important read because these women‘s voices deserve to be heard.
This book is extraordinary. Russian women telling their stories of WWII, where they acted as nurses, surgeons, snipers, engineers, truck drivers, infantry and more. Their words are compelling, riveting, tragic, and awful. It‘s so important to collect these stories before the generation is gone. I found the audio a plus for the Russian accents, though this is truly a collection and not a single narrative.
I'm reading this oral history in small bits bc it's so intense and a bit hard to follow. It‘s broken up into vignettes and I'm not sure if I like it ? Alexievich wanted to allow the reader to really feel the emotions & memories of the woman by compiling this "symphony of voices" based on the conversations she recorded with each of them.
Bookstore browsing today. So many TBRs 😍
First, I‘m glad this book excists. It tells an important story, which is normally kept silence - women‘s place in war.
Second, I‘m not sure I did myself a favour by reading this as an audiobook. This book is filled with so many personal accounts of how WWII was like for women, but they became hard to seperate, and it became almost overwhelming to listen to it.
Above is a snapshot of some of the headings in this visceral collection of first person accounts of Soviet women who fought in the second world war. The quote that sticks with me is “war smells like men” upon trying to return home to normalcy. These women fought for the “Motherland” and have finally been asked to tell their tales- several reprintings later without censorship. Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. #MarchMadnessChallenge @JenP
I‘m cozied up in my bed, too lazy to get up, and listening to this audio for #MarchMadnessChallenge. It is about #war and women‘s place in it, and better than I expected, though, overwhelming at times.
Another #MarchMadnessChallenge read borrowed from Libby App. Nobel Prize for Literature winner and a book about war so hits a couple of challenges. Will I have the time??? 😱😬
I‘m adding several of these to my TBR list!
Svetlana Alexievich is a Russian journalist and has put together a book of all the stories of the women she knew who fought in WWII. These women were captains, tank drivers, snipers, pilots, nurses and doctors and were there on the front lines.
Originally Alexievich wasn‘t allowed to publish because her book went against the official history of the war!
Cannot wait to read this one and hear about the strong women lost in history! 💪🏻
Obviously I need to be freezing while reading any book about Russia. I‘m immersive like that 🧤🧣
I have three different books for reading next but it looks like they are otherwise detained! 😹
"I want to tell you my war..."
This book in a nutshell.
This seems to lay out the thesis of this fascinating book.
If you haven‘t read Alexiévich‘s work, this is a great place to start. Through interviews and detailed testimonies of several different women, she reconstructs how these women lived the war and how they took part in it. It‘s heartbreaking and wonderful and everyone should read it.
Genius book. But hard, hard reading about such awfulness.
Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 and this translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is of her first work, an incredibly moving collection of stories and experiences that she collected through interviews with the Soviet women who volunteered for the Russian war effort during World War II to create a uniquely female look at the impact of war and its sacrifices.
I can only read a few pages at a time.
This is why I must never browse bookshops. Just nabbed another book for the TBR bookcase.
Intimate testimonies of women fought shoulder by shoulder with men in the WWII for Motherland. Very personal, emotional experiences from the battlefield, also from the POV of femininity.After the war, they were marked as whores, non-real women, broken material...despised by comrades and Motherland...and they were silent. This voice and recognition was returned to them by the author. Must read, because these women deserves to be heard. #nonfiction
The penguins have nothing to do with the book.
Fascinating personal accounts of women's involvement in fighting during WW2.
This might seem strange to say given the grim quote, but it's true. Fascinating country.
I finally finished this book and I firmly believe it is one of those books that needs to be read by as many people as possible. These are accounts of women who fought for Russia during World War II. Young girls who became snipers, antiaircraft gunners, partisans, foot soldiers, the list goes on and on. The author traveled all over recording these women's stories. I was moved to tears over and over again as I learned what these women lived through.
Once again tears are in my eyes.
This book is beautiful and heartbreaking. I have to read it slowly.
This book is heartbreaking and beautiful. #theunwomenlyfaceofwar
This book is intense, the descriptions remind me that in war there is no humanity and war leaves scars forever. It's really interesting and well written, but I don't know if I will be able to finish it, I don't know if I can handle all the pain.
A bit of afternoon reading about the "Historian of the Soul" with coffee and a croissant... Alexievich's book sounds interesting albeit a likely difficult read.
Looking at The Millions most anticipated second half of 2017 list, the reissue of Alexievich's oral history of the role women played in WWII immediately jumped out at me.