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This is the retelling of true events.
Set in the Russian Revolution the tale is as much about personal survival as it is war.
Mikhail is orphaned in Moscow so takes to the road to escape the guns. Farmers Ivan and Anna rescue him. He grows up, falls in love with Anna and makes love to her. There is a fierce fight where Mikhail kills her husband, Ivan. Mikhail takes to the road again eventually arriving in Canada where he becomes a rum-running pirate between Victoria and Seattle. The time is during prohibition.
There is an old Russian fable about a dog that is slaughtered by starving villagers who think that the butcher is keeping food from them. Ivan is left dying in the woods just like the butcher's dog. The image haunts Mikhail for the rest of his life as he tries to find Anna.
This report prepared by Eliza Hemingway








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   love triangle/polygon Inside culture (main char)    -   Russian Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Culture clash?    -   Being oppressed by outside culture Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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