Author: Paullina Simons
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication date: July 2000
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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
| My Review |
Books — when they resonate with a reader — help us laugh, cry, appreciate, feel sad, feel loved or feel sexy. For the first time, though, I read this book called The Bronze Horseman and lived in this world like I was a hologram or astral projection of myself. No longer was I imagining a book world but living it.
“Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: What do believe in? What do you hope for? What do you love?”
I put off reading this novel probably for the same reason every other non-reader of this book has: the extraordinary length. It doesn’t quite beat Ulysses, but at 912 pages in the paperback, it’s no plane-ride quickie. I huffed and puffed and said, “Oh, but …” and glanced longingly at the cover on my Kindle before bypassing it for a book with 300-odd pages.
Mistake. I should have read this the moment I heard of it.
The Bronze Horseman is an epic love story tale. It begins in the tiny apartment where several of the Metanova family live, including the main character, Tatiana. The war begins on the first page of the book, though we simply follow Tatiana on the way to buy supplies for her family where she meets a man, Alexander. They share what I’ll always look on as one of the most memorable scenes, and it’s clear that physically, emotionally and wholly they are meant for each other.
“Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye and have faith, my Tatiana.”
And then, very early on, Tatiana realises her sister’s new man that she has been gushing and praising is actually Alexander Belov. The couple share unimaginable heartbreak through this epic saga, Tatiana being of the utmost giving types of person, and Alexander a selfless, strong, and incredible leader and hero while they have to deal with his being with Dasha.
But the war is terrible and it breaks the family apart, it sends Alexander to war and the Metanovas into severe struggles. The war is relentless and it breaks spirits, lives and even love.
The Bronze Horseman is the most fullest, passionate, emotional, taxing, vivid, truest, saddest love stories of all time. It pushes and pushes and pushes you, and I do not exaggerate when I say after every single scene you are left wanting more, more hooked, more in love with Tatiana and Alexander. At 912 paperback pages, you can imagine the amount of love I felt by the end.
“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.”
I would say you have nothing to lose by giving this incredible book a go, but it’s more important to stress you have everything to lose if you don’t experience it.
5+ big, huge, massive stars!
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