Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#18: The Betrayal (Helen Dunmore)

on May 30, 2012

Set in Stalin’s Russia, The Betrayal is a sweeping drama that centers around the tragic illness of child who loses his leg due to cancer.  Despite the doctor’s best efforts, the child succumbs to the illness and dies.  The saga addresses universal themes of parental responsibility, the corruption that comes with power, and medical ethics while providing interesting historical commentary on the Soviet regime that was respected and feared.

Helen Dunmore’s prose is exquisite, transporting the reader from the regal dance halls of Leningrad to the hellish nightmare of Moscow’s interrogation rooms and infamous prison cells.  Dunmore is certainly a gifted writer who I look forward to visiting again in the near future.

5 of 5 stars!


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