GROWING UP IN SIBERIA
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 1968
To Esther Rudomin at eleven Siberia meant the metaphor: isolation, criminals and merciless punishment, snow and wolves; however even in Siberia there’s satisfaction from making a good friend of a prickly classmate, from seeing a Deanna Durbin film 4 instances, from incomes and finding out and ultimately belonging.
Particularly in Siberia, the place not wolves however starvation and dust and chilly are endemic, the place shabbiness and overcrowding are taken without any consideration, the place unselfishness is phenomenal. On the coronary heart of Mrs. Hautzig’s memoir of 4 years as a Polish deportee in Russia throughout World Battle II isn’t solely hardihood and adaptableness however uniquely a lady like some other. Abruptly seized of their comfy house in Vilna, Esther and her household, are shipped in cattle vehicles to Rubtsovsk within the Altai Territory, work as slave laborers in a gypsum mine till amnesty, then are “permitted” lobs and lodging within the village–if somebody will take them in. After sleeping on the ground, a picket platform could be very welcome; after sharing a room with two different households, a separate dung hut appears a homestead. Then Esther goes to high school, the best boon, and, to her mom’s horror, desires to be just like the Siberians….Deprivation doesn’t make Esther grim: the saddest day of her life is her father’s departure for a labor brigade on the entrance, her sharpest bitterness is for the tasteless viciousness of people.
Involving from “the tip of my beautiful world” to the tip of exile (when the Rudomins, as Jews, had been jeered in Poland), it is a lovely e-book with no bar to huge acceptance (and a wealthy non-juvenile jacket by Nonny Hogrogian).
Pub Date: April 15, 1968
Web page Rely: 256
Writer: T.Y. Crowell
Overview Posted On-line: Sept. 30, 2020
Kirkus Evaluations Problem: April 1, 1968
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