Publish date: May 1st 2011
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Part psychological thriller, part historical fiction, this book was not at all what I expected. You should avoid reading reviews if possible because too many give away too much, but to give a general idea, the novel begins in Estonia in 1992, where an old woman, Aliide Truu, lives alone in the count...
60. PURGE, BY SOFI OKSANENThe last of Tytti’s recommendations. She warned me it contained sexual violence, but I still wasn’t quite ready for the graphic descriptions and sadistic details. Still, a very interesting book, if you have the stomach for it.Synopsis: Aliide, an old Soviet occupancy surviv...
I don't remember when I've hated the main character as much as Aliide! And I don't think we need 3-4 pages to read about killing a fly. I can't say what exactly annoyed me about the writing but I just wasn't fan of it.It started really slow and I almost fell asleep but it got better. I don't think I...
This novel reached out and grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until the end. It's an exploration of individual choices, mistakes, and cruelties on a background of war and revolution. The individual characters are complex and compelling, if not quite sympathetic. Before I started it, I knew a li...
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 1 November 2013The plot of Purge is mainly set in a remote village of Western Estonia and takes place on two time levels, the early 1990s and the 1940s, both eras of drastic change in the Baltic region. The protagonists are Aliide Truu, a...
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