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Snowdrops – tekijä: A. D. Miller
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Snowdrops (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2011; vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: A. D. Miller (Tekijä)

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Witnessing the progression of regional corruption in his work as a British lawyer in early 2000s Moscow, Nick Platt rescues two sisters from a purse snatcher and pursues a glamorous romantic relationship with one of the sisters before he is asked to help with a dubious family endeavor.
Jäsen:woolly
Teoksen nimi:Snowdrops
Kirjailijat:A. D. Miller (Tekijä)
Info:New York: Doubleday, 2011
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:fiction

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Snowdrops (tekijä: A. D. Miller) (2011)

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Written as the memoir by a husband-to-be to his fiancée, Nick tries to explain his life in Russia in the early 2000s when he was employed in a firm of lawyers. In a tense atmosphere in Moscow, with the threat of menace seemingly never far away, Nick is always aware that some of the deals he is involved in approving, appear to have an element of illegality involved, but he lets them go through as his conscience tells him that all the parties are making money. But when he gets drawn into a smaller scheme, with personal involvement, he starts to have qualms about the victim. However, his infatuation with a young Russian woman, Masha, leads him to ignore these doubts. Miller’s spellbinding writing keeps you hooked as the story unfolds and leaves Nick wondering if his fiancée will be able to understand his attraction to Masha and Russia and whether their marriage will go ahead.
  camharlow2 | Oct 29, 2020 |
Written in the first person we are introduced to Nick, an international lawyer based in Moscow. The novel is written by way of explanation to the authors new fiance when she has asked him about his time in Russia and reasons for leaving. He details his time in the city and explains how he became involved with a girl called Masha and her cousin via a chance meeting at a transport link. Eventually the two begin 'dating' but it is always on her terms and little by little she allows glimpses into her world even inviting him to meet her 'aunt' who is looking to move. Nick soon becomes entangled in their lives and eventually an accomplice to their crimes. Nick is a complex character with almost a superiority complex over the other lawyers in the same situation, mostly I find he comes across as fairly dislikeable, but that doesn't really matter as you keep wanting to find out more about this world he has enveloped himself it.

As a glimpse into Russia this is really well written and the atmosphere builds into a page turner, it is easy to imagine you are walking those frozen streets. However it is more or less advertised as a thriller. I think this is pushing it more than a little, and any twists are really easy to see coming, but I think the prose and storyline more than make up. I'm not sure if it has made me want to seek out any more books by the author, but if one fell into my lap I would probably give it a go. ( )
  Bridgey | Sep 25, 2020 |
This novel takes the form of a reminiscence from the narrator to his fiancée, recounting his experiences some years previously when he had spent a few years working as a lawyer in Moscow.

Following what appears to be a chance encounter on the Moscow Metro, Nick finds himself falling in love with Masha, a beautiful young Russian woman whom he rescues from an attempted mugging. At that point he had already lived in Moscow for a couple of years and had found himself subsiding into a cliched form of expat life, passed almost entirely in the company of other Brits, only meeting Russians directly through work contact. As he becomes closer to Masha, and starts to imagine that they might have a life together, he becomes more cynical about many of the aspects of his that had hitherto seemed most alluring. Once their relationship seems established, Masha introduces Nick to her aunt, a veteran of the Second World War siege of Leningrad, who needs a favour.

Meanwhile the firm that he works for is overseeing the due diligence procedures required to support the financing by western banks of an oil development in northern Russia, near Murmansk. The Russian end of this deal is brokered by a disreputable character known only as ‘The Cossack’, who emerges as a mini oligarch. What could possibly go wrong?

Well the answer to that is that various things … perhaps everything … can, and does go wrong. There is an inevitability about much of it, partially evident right from the start in the tone of the narration, but there are still enough surprises and twists to hold the reader’s attention. Miller clearly knows the subject matter well, and imparts a great familiarity with post-Soviet Russia. He also captures the extremities of the Moscow winter, and the sheer hardship of walking the icebound streets.

Despite the first person narration, the lead protagonist is far from flawless, and far from omniscient. All together, this is a competent novel, although I struggle to understand why it received such heavy plaudits at the time of its publication (including being shortlisted for that year’s Booker Prize). While I enjoyed it, I found it did not match up to Miller’s more recent novel, Independence Square. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 1, 2020 |
In terms of feeling the cut and thrust of Moscow in the early 2000's, there is no better book. The squalor, the deception, the cold, the compromises .. all expertly portrayed.

There were, however, two things I did not like about the novel. First, the notional person to whom the tale is being told adds nothing to the book and sometimes comes across as silly. This type of framing device can work, but in "Snowdrops" Miller does not make it work. Second, there were rather arbitrary time shifts which again, added nothing to the plot. Why fast forward two hours in a narrative only to come back later to fill in? I start to suspect that Miller is having trouble staging the plot so he resorts to "devices" which come off as gimmicky. Apart from that, masterful description. ( )
  downstreamer | Mar 28, 2020 |
True to life fictional recreation of the inherent criminal society of Moscow in the early 2000s, everyone out to get for themselves. The protagonist in the story is a low level British lawyer. The writing meant to echo Russian novels with lavish descriptions of daily life. ( )
  MM_Jones | Jan 16, 2020 |
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Snowdrop. 1. An early-flowering bulbous plant, having a white pendent flower. 2. Moscow slang. A corpse that lies buried or hidden in the winter snows, emerging only in the thaw.
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For Arkady, Becky, Guy, Mark and especially Emma.
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Witnessing the progression of regional corruption in his work as a British lawyer in early 2000s Moscow, Nick Platt rescues two sisters from a purse snatcher and pursues a glamorous romantic relationship with one of the sisters before he is asked to help with a dubious family endeavor.

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