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Tom Anders is a man going through the motions. Since the recent death of his wife, Janie, he listlessly teaches his folklore classes at Armfield University and.
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Dave Olsher marked it as to-read Jan 13, Heather marked it as to-read Feb 14, Simon Ellberger marked it as to-read May 15, Laura added it Jul 14, Brittany marked it as to-read Feb 09, Krystal Napoli marked it as to-read Jan 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I write mostly fantasy, both short stories and novels. My third short story collection, On the Banks of the River of Heaven was published in November, There is more than one author in the GoodRe I write mostly fantasy, both short stories and novels.

There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information. Books by Richard Parks. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kristen I would say no, a few sexual scenes, but think the entire subject matter would be very much lost on young kids. See 1 question about The Red Scarf…. Lists with This Book. Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book — which is not something that happens to me very often. However, right from the beginning of the book I felt we were being asked to accept things that weren't plausible.

The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall

The whole plot was just too far-fetched for me. The other bigger problem I had with this book was that I couldn't connect with any of t Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book — which is not something that happens to me very often. The other bigger problem I had with this book was that I couldn't connect with any of the characters.

Although they were constantly putting their lives at risk and facing unimaginable horrors under Stalin's communist regime, I found I didn't really care what happened to them. Sofia was one of those model heroines — beautiful, brave, intelligent and perfect. Everybody seemed to be captivated by her and I couldn't really understand why. She just didn't feel like a real person to me. Of course, there were some situations that even Sofia couldn't deal with — that's where the gypsy Rafik came in, using mesmerism and mind-control to overcome obstacles.

I thought the whole magical aspect of the book seemed a bit out of place. I tried to keep reading, thinking the book might get better but when I found I was almost halfway through and still wasn't enjoying it, I decided not to waste any more time on it and put it down with a sigh of relief.

I'm glad I had borrowed this book from the library instead of spending money on it — at least I didn't lose anything apart from a couple of days when I could have been reading something else.

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View all 6 comments. Mar 15, Beatrix marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: I have a soft spot for all things Russian and books set in the Russian past are some of my favorites. Sadly, this one was just not good. The Red Scarf is all over the place. At first I didn't mind multiple POVs, I thought it added to the diversity of the novel, but as it's written in third person, after a while it became really confusing. Especially since the author switched between characters repeatedly.

Also constantly reading ' Spasibo.

The blurb sounded really promising, and I expected an epic tale about Sofia, Anna and Vasily, but the main reason I'm giving up on this is because I could not connect with the characters at all. This book didn't inspire any emotions within me, and currently I have no time nor patience to continue with this. Feb 15, Toni rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually described the plot to my family at dinner yesterday and my husband sarcastically said, "It sounds really boring. This book has given me a picture of what it might have been like to live in Russia in that time period.

Sofia escapes from a Siberian Gulag in order to save a f Whoa. Sofia escapes from a Siberian Gulag in order to save a friend, Anna, who is too sick to survive another winter. She goes to try to get from a childhood friend of Anna's. Not only is there plenty of action, but great characters as well as some mystery and some mysticism as well. The author crafts the story well. At one point I was completely wrapped up in what Sofia was doing, and in my mind asked, "I wonder how Anna is coping back in the camp? Did the author make me ask that question, or did she read my mind? Feb 20, Mishelle LaBrash rated it really liked it.

Yes it's backround is set in Russia, during Stalin's reign. Yes, there is relentless suffering, starvation, and those whom grasp onto almost anything, in an attempt of survival during a horrific time. Yes, It is a love story But that is where the similarities end. Sofia and Anna, are best friends, torn from their families, and all they've known and loved, thro Okay, I confess, I picked up this book, and devoured it because of its obvious semblance to 'The Bronze Horseman' by Paullina Simons..

Sofia and Anna, are best friends, torn from their families, and all they've known and loved, thrown into a torturous labour camp in Siberia, Russia for 'Crimes' ridiculous as they may be towards the Soviet Government. Trying to survive their horrific exsistence, they love and protect one another, against all peril. Anna, a remarkable story teller, hangs on to her memories, of her childhood sweetheart, Vasily, with fierce determination. Sharing her stories of great adventure, and unconditional love with Sofia, is the pairs only means of getting through the horrible life they are trapped in.

But when Anna falls ill, and it becomes apparent her survival depends soley on her escape from the abhorrent conditions in which they survive, Sofia decides to escape, determined to find Vasily, and convince him to help her save Anna However Sofia hadn't anticipated falling in love with her Best Friends long lost love It's complicated, and laden with mystery, love, and a tad bit of gypsy lore within the mysteries of the Ural Mountains, but above all it's about the power of unbreakable friendship Mar 05, Chris rated it it was amazing.

Absolutely loved this in depth story about a split Russia in under Stalin's reign. In a Siberian women's labor camp we get to know two women, Sofia and Anna. Anna came from a well-to-do family and tells Sofia stories of Vasily, a family friend and revolutionary who she has been in love with since childhood. Sofia escapes the labor camp to find Vasily, their only hope in saving a dying Anna. Sofia finds the village where Vasily is now living under a different name. These are difficu Awesome!

These are difficult times. Stalin's rule is hard on the small villages who seem to sacrifice everything and get little in return. Sofia by luck is taken in by a Gypsy family, which takes this story into a whole new direction full of layers of Gypsy lore. To say anymore will give too much away. Suffice it to say this is an epic story of love and loss, strength and courage, with a great twist of mysticism, revolution, the plight of downtrodden peoples and strong women.

Definitely my kind of story and just what I needed! I have nursed a slight obsession with Russia for years, so I was naturally intrigued by this, despite my concern that it might turn out to be a syrupy romance. I needn't have worried - it's a fantastically enjoyable, fast-paced adventure packed with unexpected twists and complex characters.

And although this is primarily a novel about love and friendship, the attention to historical detail is extraordinary, making the book's depiction of life in Stalin's Russia incredibly vivid and believable.

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T I have nursed a slight obsession with Russia for years, so I was naturally intrigued by this, despite my concern that it might turn out to be a syrupy romance. The action rarely lets up and the story always feels fresh; I raced through the book and stayed up all night to finish it.

There are some plot holes, and the writing is slightly clumsy in places, but this was so much fun to read that I can easily forgive its flaws. Sep 03, Yuana rated it really liked it Shelves: At times it doesn't seem entirely realistic, but it flows well most of the time. Many of the same problems I had with Furnivall's first book The Russian Concubine are still present to a lesser degree.


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The book is shorter, so I was less impatient, the character's mission came before the romance so I became a bit more sympathetic to Sofia before she fell in love with Mikhail. There is also raci 3. No spoilers ahead, but either I was terribly confused or the eventual conclusion was rather anticlimactic. Of course, both could be possible. Trope check myseterious magical person and stuff. Like I said Her hand was starting to tremble, and Rafik could sense the layers of darkness descending on her mind. Quickly he reached out, removed the warm goblet from her fingers, and silently touched a finger to his daughter's wide forehead.

One path to life. One path to death. But she didn't ask him the obvious question, made no attempt to search out the why and the how. Instead, she laid her cheek on his shoulder. They rode like that in silence and she could feel the thread between them spinning tighter, drawing them together til she wasn't sure where she ended and he began.

Heroine is more plot device than person Sofia doesn't really have a lot of defining traits.

She just does what she does. Love interest is a "hot rebel" type. No people, just machines that do what they're told. In a low whisper, she warned. I didn't trust anyone I despised myself and believed that others would despise me too, so I was wary in relationships. I went through all the motions but nothing more. I personally found that most of the objections I had were balanced out by parts I liked. It was for the most part well-written and I guess I did manage to enjoy it. Jun 11, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: If I had to used one word to describe this book it would be awkward.

The way in which Furnivall wrote the book was awkward, the addition of Russian words was awkward and the way the plot was treated was awkward! The premise of the book is wonderful, I just don't feel as though Furnivall was able to get it to its full potential--Paullina Simons would have done a better job with the storyline. It took more than half of the book for me to feel ANY connection to the characters whatsoever. The additi If I had to used one word to describe this book it would be awkward. The addition of the gypsy family and the subsequent ending involving them was an odd and distracting aspect to the storyline.

I felt as though Furnivall couldn't tell the story on her own, she had to add in gypsy mystical powers to make things make "sense". In addition, Furnivall tended to write things as happening and then either not explain why or the subsequent result AT ALL or she would suddenly bring it up pages later like "oh yeah, I forget to tell you Furnivall seemed to add in Russian words in order to remind us that we were reading a story about Russians. Shouldn't her story have been clear enough without doing this? I grew exceedingly tired of reading "Nyet. It is like watching a movie which is in English but all the characters have a poor Russian accent--but they are speaking to other Russians.

I've never understood it and it can distract from the storyline in a movie and a book. If she had wanted to use Russian words she should have been more consistent with it AND included a glossary so people could look up the meanings! I must say I did like the plot twist which occurred with about pages left which is about the time that things actually started happening! The ending left much to be desired as unsurprisingly Furnivall left things up in the air and left us with only pieces of information. The relationship between Pashin and Sophia seems to appear out of nowhere, suddenly they are both in love.

Hmm, perhaps Furnivall should have tried to actually write more scenes that would have led to such a result. Too much in the book wasn't seemingly plausible. Furnivall had many scenes which I felt did not add to the story and just mucked up the storyline even further. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.


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