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text 2019-11-30 10:55
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 404 pages.
Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy - Serhii Plokhy

Reading about the firefighters and their heroic effort to stop the fire, without knowing about the invisible dangers that´s been lurking behind it, is one of the most harrowing things I have ever read and propbably ever will read. These men are truly unsung heroes.

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM (explodes), with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

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text 2019-11-28 07:14
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 404 pages.
Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy - Serhii Plokhy

And if the other three reactors of the Chernobyl power plant had been damaged by the explosion of the first, then hardly any living and breathing organism would have remained on the planet

 

I´ve started the first couple of pages of Chernobyl last night and this book, as well-written non-fiction always does, immediately sucked me in. Based upon the very few first pages alone, I think this is going to be a fantastic (and hard-hitting) read. 

 

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM (explodes), with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

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review 2019-07-08 22:01
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Voices from Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich,Keith Gessen

I read this after watching the HBO mini series about the disaster. If you have seen it, the firefighter’s wife, the one who follows her husband, her account opens this collection of oral histories. It pretty sets the stage for the rest of the history that follows.

It is not easy reading. There are bits about the killing of animals – enough dogs and cats survived the cull that their descendants inhabit the zone today. There are stories about people, including children, dying. The genius lies in how the histories are presented. Alexievich uses a combination of straight forward interview as well as a Greek Chorus. The fact that the names of the people, for the most, are not used until the end making the stories more universal.

In the West, we perhaps have disregarded Chernobyl. The interviews resented here, especially from those that lived though the Second World War and the meltdown, will correct that.

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text 2019-06-26 21:26
Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
Voices from Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich,Keith Gessen

After watching the HBO show Chernobyl, I decided I would read "Voices from Chernobyl" by Svetlana Alexievich. Many of the stories presented in the show are here. This is a must read to see the reality of what happened through the eyes of those who experienced it. 

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review 2019-04-24 14:42
Book #882 - 354,735 Pages Read
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster - Adam Higginbotham

This is the second book on Chernobyl I've read. This one goes into a little more detail on the people involved in the incident in the months and years after the event. It also presents a little more history on the Soviet nuclear industry and the lack of attention to safety that precedes the accident. The author has put together scientific fact and storytelling very well for a very interesting read.

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