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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eugenie Fraser Narrator: Diana Bishop Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The House by the Dvina is the riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian-Scottish marriage. It includes episodes as romantic and dramatic as any in fiction: the purchase by the author's great-grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love; the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksandr II for her husband; the extraordinary courtship of her parents; and her Scottish granny being caught up in the abortive revolution of 1905.

Eugenie Fraser herself was brought up in Russia but was taken on visits to Scotland. She marvellously evokes a child's reactions to two totally different environments, sets of customs, and family backgrounds, while the characters are beautifully drawn and splendidly memorable.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betty | 12/30/2013

    " A vivid memoir of childhood, culminating in a harrowing escape from Russia. According to the author's obituary, she wrote this when she was nearly 80 and it was published the next year to great acclaim. An unforgettable read especially for those interested in Russian history and the craft of memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aemilia | 10/22/2013

    " my claim to fame lol the author is my granny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gemma | 8/19/2013

    " This book is a big part of the reason why I began studying Russian. I thought it was beautiful and evocative of a lost world at the time, although it seems kind of laboured when I browse through it now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise Armstrong | 6/7/2013

    " I actually read her second book, A House by the Hooglie, but couldn't find it on database. Interesting glimpse of days gone by - most interesting element was her comment about trade in India (her husband worked in jute) and how their experience wasn't part of the Empire myth. "

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