Book review: A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova


A Mountain of CrumbsA Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC Radio 4 – Book of the Week:
Elena Gorokhova wishes her mother had come from Leningrad, the world of Pushkin and the tsars, lace ironwork and pearly domes. Its sophistication might have left a permanent mark of refinement on her soul.

But she didn’t.

She came from the provincial town of Ivanovo in central Russia, where chickens lived in the kitchen and a pig squatted under the stairs.

She came from where they lick plates.

Read by Sian Thomas
A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Episodes

1/5: Elena’s mother has become a mirror image of her motherland.

2/5: At five years old, Elena goes to nursery and learns about being part of the collective.

3/5: Elena can only go to college is she is a member of Young Communist League.

4/5: Elena and Nina are considered mature enough to teach Russian to visiting Americans.

5/5: Robert has returned to Texas and Elena wonders if she can visit him.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tff34

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