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part of what I've always loved about this book (and to a lesser extent the sequels) is the otherness of Arkady's worldview. I didn't make many notes while reading, but at the end (p 347 in my hardcover edition) is this bit about Arkady dreaming what he and Irina would do in Kirwill's fabled cabin of escape.
"Was there tundra in Maine? They'd have to get coats and tea - as much tea as they could buy. And cigarettes. What did Kirwill mean 'like Siberia with beer cans'? No matter; Arkady found himself smiling at the prospect. He didn't enjoy hunting much, but he loved to fish and he's never been in a canoe. What else would they do? He'd ask Irina to tell him her life from the beginning, leaving nothing out. When she got tired, he'd tell about himself. Their life would be two stories. How long they'd have to stay he had no idea. Osborne would want to find them but he'd be busy hiding himself from Kirwill - they could wait. They'd get some books. American authors. If he got a generator they could have lights, a radio, a record player. Seeds for a garden; beets, potatoes, radishes. He could listen to music while he planted - Prokofiev, New Orleans blues. In hot weather they could go swimming, and in August there'd be mushrooms."
stuff like that slays me. Pasha's pineapple. The washing machine. The bathhouse.
And Arkady's sideways reasoning and insights. I'll put that another place.
I liked the Kirwill family story; it lent ballast to Kirwill's character and provided a counterweight to what was happening in Russia.
Good choice of books. I'd heard about it for years but never read it. More after I've had a chance to chew on it a bit more.
I think what Arkady internalizes is very selective and some things that aren't important are only sorted in the subconscious.
I'm a little bit curious to see what sort of position Renko is able to return to after all the carnage in Russia as well as New York, but not curious enough to pursue it immediately.
I would have liked a little more balance between the sections in the different locations, but that would have required trimming the Moscow section tremendously or adding a good bit of filler to the others. I would have liked to see more interesting female characters, but I guess that wouldn't have fit in with the milieu being depicted.