Once Upon the River Love

Once Upon the River Love Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan
  • Title: Once Upon the River Love
  • Author: Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan
  • ISBN: 9780140283624
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once Upon the River Love Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan Once Upon the River Love In this brilliant affecting novel acclaimed Russian novelist Andrei Makine takes readers to the vast remote forests of eastern Siberia to tell the story of Alyosha Utkin and Samurai three boys o
    In this brilliant, affecting novel, acclaimed Russian novelist Andrei Makine takes readers to the vast, remote forests of eastern Siberia to tell the story of Alyosha, Utkin, and Samurai, three boys on the verge of manhood Isolated by history as well as geography, with only the passing lights of the Transsiberian train to assure them of an outside world, the three friendsIn this brilliant, affecting novel, acclaimed Russian novelist Andrei Makine takes readers to the vast, remote forests of eastern Siberia to tell the story of Alyosha, Utkin, and Samurai, three boys on the verge of manhood Isolated by history as well as geography, with only the passing lights of the Transsiberian train to assure them of an outside world, the three friends yearn for experiences their small village cannot provide But after trekking by snowshoe to a cinema in the neighboring city, their whole world is changed forever as they watch the gorgeous spectacle of a motion picture starring the French actor Jean Paul Belmondo and a cast of beautiful women Written from the perspective of twenty years later, Once Upon the River Love follows the destinies of these three young idealists up to the present day, to the boardwalks of Brighton Beach and the jungles of Central America Once Upon the River Love is a beautifully rendered novel that demonstrates Andrei Makine s remarkable ability to recreate the past with such precision that the present becomes all the poignant.
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    About Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan


    1. Andre Makine was born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union on 10 September 1957 and grew up in city of Penza, a provincial town about 440 miles south east of Moscow As a boy, having acquired familiarity with France and its language from his French born grandmother it is not certain whether Makine had a French grandmother in later interviews he claimed to have learnt French from a friend , he wrote poems in both French and his native Russian.In 1987, he went to France as member of teacher s exchange program and decided to stay He was granted political asylum and was determined to make a living as a writer in French However, Makine had to present his first manuscripts as translations from Russian to overcome publishers skepticism that a newly arrived exile could write so fluently in a second language After disappointing reactions to his first two novels, it took eight months to find a publisher for his fourth, Le testament fran ais Finally published in 1995 in France, the novel became the first in history to win both the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medicis plus the Goncourt des Lyc ens.


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    1. East meets West through images and imagination For most readers in North America and western Europe it will be difficult, if not impossible, to visualize the utter remoteness of a Siberian village lost in the vast plains of the taiga Life is completely controlled by nature winters last seven months or Before allowing the land and the people to recover in a short spring, winter hits with another vicious snowstorm Only the houses chimneys are seen protruding in the expanse of white Digging out a [...]

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    2. Makine is one of my favorite contemporary authors, someone whose writing is so close to my soul and my heart This is my second time reading this one, and I love it even than the first time I love the way he describes the setting such fantastic imagery the dreams, yearnings and desires of the boys The language is so poetic and, aside from a couple of places, it doesn t go over the top Of course, this story is written from the point of looking twenty years back by our narrator, and it s no wonder [...]

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    3. This is one book that has stayed with me over the years since I finished it The details have faded away, but the beautiful feeling I experienced from Makine s prose still revisits me from time to time.

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    4. Wonderfully poetic description of a Siberian childhood and adolescence Mysterious and affecting I want .

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    5. Light and beautiful, haunted by the idea of growing suddenly and forcefully, but actually growing slowly and effortlessly, like a hesitant wild animal A book about children growing up, about the land of the desolate taiga growing into the luxuriant forests of sexual desire, about a very Eastern Russia gradually growing and Western And yet its subtle self subversion at the end if the narrator lied about the woman in the opening passage, how much of what he said can we consider true did Samurai [...]

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    6. Andre Makine a fost ales, la 3 martie 2016, n Academia Francez , iar una dintre c r ile lui impresionante este Pe vremea fluviului Amur.Pentru cititorii francezi ai romanului Pe vremea fluviului Amur , de Andrei Makine, Amour nseamn , n primul r nd, dragoste i apoi numele celui mai lung r u din Rusia Cei trei eroi ai romanului se arunc n ambele n valurile r ului Amur i n valurile dragostei amour, cum zice Belmondo, care este cea de a patra prezen constant din carte continuarea recenziei este aic [...]

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    7. Having loved Dreams of My Russian Summers, I was very disappointed in this book Either it was intellectually above me or too confusing to follow I did not become involved with the characters nor was I sorry to finally reach the story s end.

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    8. A novel of such mystical beauty with subtleties so rich, each word melts in your mouth like honey A credit to Geoffrey Strachan s wonderful translation of a tale steeped in abandonment one can t help but be moved by the prose Once Upon The River Love is a once in a lifetime treasure Don t deny yourself the pleasure and read it now

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    9. Nostalgia of the most terrible kind for places and faces one has never seen Which one mourns as being lost forever Young savage that I was, I could not know that this was simply love that had not found its object.

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    10. I savoured every page Sometimes I had to stop and let the words sink in a little deeper.

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    11. The other Makine novels I ve read made me twitch, yet I kept coming back for At last my faith has been rewarded.

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    12. si, pentru prima oara, am surprins acea sclipire chinuita, intrebatoare incercarea de a intelege mozaicul frumusetii, de a i patrunde sensul

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    13. Great bildungsroman, the narrative voice has an amazing sensitivity to environment.

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    14. Schitterend verhaal over drie Siberische jongens die de grauwheid van hun bestaan zien verdwijnen door de komst van de Franse acteur Belmondo Door de talloze bezoeken aan de bioscoop in de naburige stad dringt het westen door in hun harten en leren ze zelfs Frans, de taal van de liefde Hoewel het verhaal plottechnisch niet van bijzonder hoog niveau is, steekt het taalgebruik daar juist ver boven uit Makine doet de Russische verteltraditie eer aan en verpakt het verhaal in beeldschoon Frans, dat [...]

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    15. Laat je niet afstoten door de Engelse titel Het boek heette oorspronkelijk Au temps du fleuve Amour, in het Nederlands De rivier de Amoer.Het verhaal dompelt je onder in temperaturen onder de 50 graden, 2 1 2 uur doorlopen met sneeuwschoenen aan om een Westerse film te zien.Het meest bijzondere zijn de klimaat en landschapsbeschrijvingen Op den duur ook het irritantst.Hoe je, opgroeiend in een dorp met oude inwoners, in je tienertijd aan een liefje komt is een rode draad in het verhaal Hoe je ve [...]

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    16. J ai beaucoup aim ce livre qui d gage beaucoup de po sie L histoire se d roule dans une r gion perdue de sib rie ou l on suit la vie de trois amis, Dimitri, Samoura et Outkine, le Po te, le don Juan et le Guerrier C est un livre sur l adolescence, le passage l ge adulte Entre premiers mois amoureux, amiti et fascination pour l Occident.De notre c t c est cette r gion extr me de la Russie que l on d couvre, pays de neige, dur et po tique la fois.

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    17. Putting this down for now It reads like snow Walking, trudging through cold, biting snow I m not usually one to shy away from flowery prose, but it felt a little too detached for me, and Makine gets lost in description of the taiga too often for my taste that the story gets buried inwell, snow.

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    18. WellI think you can like it if you haven t read the rest of Makin s work It s alright, I guess, but far from the level of Dreams of my Russian summers or even The Woman who waited which is closer in tone, however You get Makin s favourite themes and characters revisited once again in a not so changing manner, not with his best writing probably not a must read from this author.

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    19. In this brilliant, affecting novel, acclaimed Russian novelist Andrei Makine takes readers to the vast, remote forests of eastern Siberia to tell the story of Alyosha, Utkin, and Samurai, three boys on the verge of manhood

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    20. I couldn t get past page 103 I can t decide if I think it s a bad translation or if I can only take so many poetry ridden sentences in succession After awhile it got too tedious The characters were interesting and he did a fantastic job of documenting the loss of innocence.

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    21. It was OK, I found it to be too poetic in describing everything Sometimes you have to think deep into the writer s imagination to get to a simple idea I must admit, it was extremely difficult to read and continue reading this book after page 12.

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    22. Je ne pense pas que ce livre soit se que Makine a crit de mieux L histoire m a paru banale Se n est pas une histoire mais plut t des tableaux de la vie de jeunes adolescents russes en Sib rie.

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    23. Hienoa kielt ja koskettava tarina Suosittelen.

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    24. Simply delightful

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    25. Once upon the River Love by Andrei Makine 1999

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    26. A truly beautiful and affecting book.

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    27. The setting and subject were interesting but this one was not particularly memorable.

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    28. I found the book a bit too wordy It was too easy to get lost in the descriptions of things and lose the story line.

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    29. The author s writing style is very descriptive, but the story dragged a bit at times I think Russian authors aren t my fave.

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    30. beautiful, lyrical language but sometimes difficult to follow full review here0651frombrighton.u

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