Apr. 25th, 2012

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So, apparently Paullina Simons is writing a book about Alexander's parents (it's kinda cool she seems to find leaving the Tatiana and Alexander world as much as I do).

Hmmmm.

Now, I am sure it will be excellently-written. Anything of hers is. I am not sure how excited I am by this, however. It's not even about the fact that we already know the outcome - they both get executed. It's more that I truly dislike them. Whatever they were when they were younger, by the end they barely have a marriage, she's an utter alcoholic and he's worse. And even more importantly, perhaps this is the result of my Soviet childhood speaking, but any man who chooses, in the 1920s, to uproot his family from America where he has a comfortable middle-class existence, to Stalin's USSR, is a lunatic that deserves whatever he gets, except for the fact that his lunacy dooms the innocents he dragged with him. Every horrible, awful thing that happened to Alexander is his father's fault. (Though I suppose if he wasn't around, Tatiana would have died in the bombings or starved during the siege, so there is that...)

Plus, I lose interest when the story veers from our couple. The lat third of The Summer Garden, after they had a bunch of kids, I totally lost interest when the story got into their kids and things. I mean, I am happy they have a large family to replace being utterly alone in the world, but I don't really care about the details of the kids' lives or Anthony's tour of Vietnam or whatever.

So we'll see.
dangermousie: (Default)
So, apparently Paullina Simons is writing a book about Alexander's parents (it's kinda cool she seems to find leaving the Tatiana and Alexander world as much as I do).

Hmmmm.

Now, I am sure it will be excellently-written. Anything of hers is. I am not sure how excited I am by this, however. It's not even about the fact that we already know the outcome - they both get executed. It's more that I truly dislike them. Whatever they were when they were younger, by the end they barely have a marriage, she's an utter alcoholic and he's worse. And even more importantly, perhaps this is the result of my Soviet childhood speaking, but any man who chooses, in the 1920s, to uproot his family from America where he has a comfortable middle-class existence, to Stalin's USSR, is a lunatic that deserves whatever he gets, except for the fact that his lunacy dooms the innocents he dragged with him. Every horrible, awful thing that happened to Alexander is his father's fault. (Though I suppose if he wasn't around, Tatiana would have died in the bombings or starved during the siege, so there is that...)

Plus, I lose interest when the story veers from our couple. The lat third of The Summer Garden, after they had a bunch of kids, I totally lost interest when the story got into their kids and things. I mean, I am happy they have a large family to replace being utterly alone in the world, but I don't really care about the details of the kids' lives or Anthony's tour of Vietnam or whatever.

So we'll see.
dangermousie: (Default)
So, apparently Paullina Simons is writing a book about Alexander's parents (it's kinda cool she seems to find leaving the Tatiana and Alexander world as much as I do).

Hmmmm.

Now, I am sure it will be excellently-written. Anything of hers is. I am not sure how excited I am by this, however. It's not even about the fact that we already know the outcome - they both get executed. It's more that I truly dislike them. Whatever they were when they were younger, by the end they barely have a marriage, she's an utter alcoholic and he's worse. And even more importantly, perhaps this is the result of my Soviet childhood speaking, but any man who chooses, in the 1920s, to uproot his family from America where he has a comfortable middle-class existence, to Stalin's USSR, is a lunatic that deserves whatever he gets, except for the fact that his lunacy dooms the innocents he dragged with him. Every horrible, awful thing that happened to Alexander is his father's fault. (Though I suppose if he wasn't around, Tatiana would have died in the bombings or starved during the siege, so there is that...)

Plus, I lose interest when the story veers from our couple. The lat third of The Summer Garden, after they had a bunch of kids, I totally lost interest when the story got into their kids and things. I mean, I am happy they have a large family to replace being utterly alone in the world, but I don't really care about the details of the kids' lives or Anthony's tour of Vietnam or whatever.

So we'll see.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)


This episode was so cute that it must have spontaneously produced puppies somewhere in the Universe, I swear! Just as well, because I think the angst!hammer might just fall next week.

Thoughts and caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)


This episode was so cute that it must have spontaneously produced puppies somewhere in the Universe, I swear! Just as well, because I think the angst!hammer might just fall next week.

Thoughts and caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)


This episode was so cute that it must have spontaneously produced puppies somewhere in the Universe, I swear! Just as well, because I think the angst!hammer might just fall next week.

Thoughts and caps )

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