- File Size: 1146 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publisher: The New Press (October 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2018
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079G6KMVS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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#679,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #24012 in Literary Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #9426 in War Fiction (Books)
- #5177 in War Fiction (Kindle Store)
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This one is really hard to review, some people may absolutely love it, and find it enthralling and poetic, not so much for me. I did want to finish it, but it did not bring out a lot of feelings one way or the other for the characters. A few of the things that happened I would consider rather odd.
I was given the opportunity to receive this book from The New Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This one gets 3***’s.
The morose, panic-stricken scenes were an actual testament to the slow decay of the mind when subjected to the endless pitfalls of combat troops in war. Life as they had known it slowly dragged on one impossible day at a time.
Four soldiers met up and became best of friends while they were attached to the Red Army and fought on the Romanian front. Times were beyond difficult; they were unbearable. In order to survive, they were forced to eat their horses and scavenge whatever food and provisions they could gather from local homes they passed along the way. The days were bitter cold, the night's intolerably freezing. That was cause enough for the war to take a break and wait it out till spring. It would not go away.
With the rest of their company, the four comrades built a hut for themselves and made camp hidden away in the middle of a forest. They did whatever they could to occupy the endless days and nights. Mindless hours of shooting dice for cigarettes helped ease their troubled minds. Clear days were spent sitting by a pond concealed from the rest of their company within the reeds. They knew their time was running out. War would not let go.
As always, time had a way of marching on, and in their case, too fast. Spring had finally arrived and it was time for them to pull out, time for some to sacrifice their lives for a cause they could not begin to comprehend. All that waited ahead for them down the dirt road were bullets and bombs. If lucky, their demise would come quickly.
I extend my gratitude to NetGalley and The New Press for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
I received this e-ARC from NetGalley & publisher "The New Press", in exchange for my own fair & unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
This is a short book, and slow with very little action, simply written and direct. I found the story of this rugged crew of soldiers by choice and circumstance to be haunting and simple. The story, written from one perspective, could have been easily been told in diary form.
This is not a historical novel, it doesn’t cover any battles or historical events, just the challenge of day to day existence and the sheer boredom while waiting for something, anything, to happen. The four friends share their fears, wishes while passing the time knowing it is running out.
Translated from a 2003 French edition, the four Russian soldiers of the title (fighting against Romania) are the 1st-person narrator, Pavel, Kyabine, and Sifra. It's comprised of raw emotion, feast and famine, struggling to get by, and traveling slowly, but together.