10 Books You’ve Probably Never Readâ€”But Should – EW.com (blog)
I first read this book when I was 15, lying by a pool in the 100-degree heat (and then again, like, every three months for the rest of my life, forever). I barely even noticed the heat, I was so engrossed in the love story between Tatiana, a 17-year-old girl in Leningrad, and Alexander, a strapping American trapped in a Russian soldierâ€™s identity in a state policed by communism and on the brink of German siege.Â
Luckily, there are two sequels to this book (and a couple of prequels) and each book is a million pages long, so I had plenty of material to imagine as a HBO series. I think at the time of my first reading, I thought it was more CW (WB?) worthy, but thereâ€™s a heck of a lot of violence and sex in there and the story ultimately spans three continents, so I imagine the budget is more in the cable heavyweightâ€™s wheelhouse these days.Â
Itâ€™s a suspenseful story full of love, passion, loss and suffering. sure, but it also taught me a lot about Russia during the Second World War, touching on areas high school never seemed to cover. Seriously, ask me anything about the Blockade, the Gulag, or the NKVD.Â
Spasibo for the memories and the education,Â TBH.Â â€”Â Ruth Kinane
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