The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Book - 2010
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Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young doctor, and Ana, a nursery school teacher, know their happiness is precarious. When Andrei treats the child of a senior secret police officer, it becomes painfully clear that his own fate, and that of his family, is bound to the child's.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2010
ISBN: 9780802170880
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dunmore 2010
Characteristics: 331 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

Normally I really enjoy this author, but for some reason this one wasn't for me. Maybe the wrong time? I may try again another day, but for now I'm regretfully closing and returning.

Jul 05, 2017

This was a terrific read. Start with The Siege which takes place during the WW2 siege of Leningrad. In The Betrayal the same main characters are back--the time is approximately 1950-1953. I found Helen Dunmore (who recently passed away) on the Guardian books site. Bookish people were discussing it and with praise so I thought I'd give it a try. Excellent two books.

May 21, 2015

Dashed hopes of a good read. 1953 Russia, the height of Stalin. I have a hard time believing the advanced medical practices & especially using the expression 'sod off'. Not in Russia 1953. Not bother to read further - back to shelves. However! The Lie is excellent for WWI details on the devastating affects of the war.

Aug 02, 2012

This book continues the story begun in "The Seige" during Leningrad in the 1940s. It has the same characters now living under Stalin in the 1950s Russia. Again, excellent.

Jul 09, 2012

Absolutely excellent book. Read it over two days.

Jan 31, 2012

Slow at the beginning but picked up half-way through. Scary that it's so easy for a society to become like this.

Nov 16, 2011

A great read. The author has clearly done a lot of research on the place & period, but it simply informs the story and the character, there's no "here's where I show off what I found out".

Apr 27, 2010

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the dark days of Russia and presents us with a Russian population that lives in fear and suspicion. When a young doctor is pulled reluctantly into a cancer case with an unhappy ending, his life turns into a living hell. There is a sense of impending doom right from the begining of the story as this doctor and his family prepare for the possibility that he will be wrongfully arrested.I loved getting to know the characters and was very interested to read about what Russia may have been like for people in that time period. There was a great deal of suffering and injustice and we get a good glimpse of how vulnerable the people are, both the average citizen and those higher up. I found the book so interesting that I am going to read her previous book "The Seige" next.


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