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Russia in Thaw


reviewed by Herbert J. Ellison - 1965

coverTitle: Russia in Thaw
Author(s): A. Ronchley
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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It is not often that one can agree with the superlatives in publishers' blurbs, but this is the happy exception. What Mr. Ronchey has written is indeed "a detailed mosaic of life in Russia today." It is journalistic commentary at its best, presenting colorfully and sympathetically many aspects and personalities of the Soviet scene. The descriptions of the Russian cities, not only Moscow and Leningrad, but provincial cities as well, are some of the best available. Even familiar themes of Soviet urban life are treated with a refreshing originality. The comment on the Bolshoi Theater includes a lively critique of the culture that the theater represents. And the reports of interviews with people from all walks of life—workers, government officials, artists, actors and academicians— have an authentic ring, avoiding the specious impression of a uniformity of outlook which a more generalized commentary often creates. The author employs many contrasts to illustrate... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 1, 1965, p. 73-73
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2381, Date Accessed: 1/17/2020 8:14:03 AM

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