Title: Winter in the Summer Garden
Authors: Templeton, Natasha
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 320
Year: 1999
Language: English
Description: Resident in New Zealand, but Russian-born, Templeton tells the story of the siege of Leningrad and the dreadful events that preceded it through the eyes of the Shubin family. An introduction also to the work of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova. NZ Interest.

Comments from Groups:

Our group enjoyed it, but found it generally badly edited. The female characters were much more developed than the men, who are still unknown at the end of the book. We thought the writer took too much on, but it was a fascinating subject though. Waitati 001

We all loved this book. A personal account of a devastating period of Russian history. Auckland 155

Most members enjoyed the book once they got into it. Interesting characters with a strong will to survive, and a very happy relationship between the two sisters. The poetry was an added bonus. Hamilton 024

Well written - great imagery. Grim reading but worth perservering. Christchurch 239

Wonderful book. Well written and so graphic. Christchurch 294

Unfortunately too many had abandoned it early on in the book as found " too many characters, too much jumping around and confusing". However, for those who did persevere it was declared interesting and satisfying. Palmerston North 006

Excellent discussion ensued from this book. There were many comments though about the difficult subject matter. This had indeed lead to some members not actually finishing the book. Others were enthralled, and overall found the book engaging and educational. Oxford 002

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand


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