#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: The Beginning of Spring


For Book Beginnings:
In 1913 the journey from Moscow to Charing Cross, changing at Warsaw, cost fourteen pounds, six shillings and threepence and took two and a half days.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
Ben wished to be relieved of the responsibility of the Blackbird, without losing his own dignity.

- p. 56


Back blurb of The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald:
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is March 1913, and the grand old city of Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air, and nowhere more so than at 22 Lipka Street, the home of English printer Frank Reid. One day Frank's wife Nellie takes the train back to England, with no explanation, leaving him with their three young children. Into his life comes Lisa Ivanovna, a country girl, untroubled to the point of seeming simple. But is she? And why has Frank's accountant Selwyn, gone to such lengths to bring them together? And who is the passionate Volodya, who breaks into the press at night? Frank sees, but only dimly, that he is a rational man in Moscow, a city where love, and friendship, power and politics, are at their most unfathomable.

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Well, my week was a wash, plus my computer was on the fritz. But here I am! And here's a book I am thinking of reading for May for Travel the World in Books.
Have you read any books set in Russia? Do share your recommendations!

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