The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East

The Other Side of Russia A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East Travel to post Soviet Siberia and the Russian Far East with author Sharon Hudgins as she takes readers on a personal adventure through the Asian side of Russia an area closed to most Westerners and ma

  • Title: The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East
  • Author: Sharon Hudgins
  • ISBN: 9781585444045
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Travel to post Soviet Siberia and the Russian Far East with author Sharon Hudgins as she takes readers on a personal adventure through the Asian side of Russia an area closed to most Westerners and many Russians prior to the 1990s Even today, few people from the West have ridden the TransSiberian railroad in winter, stood on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, feasted withTravel to post Soviet Siberia and the Russian Far East with author Sharon Hudgins as she takes readers on a personal adventure through the Asian side of Russia an area closed to most Westerners and many Russians prior to the 1990s Even today, few people from the West have ridden the TransSiberian railroad in winter, stood on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, feasted with the Siberian Buryats, or lived in the highrise villages of Vladivostok and Irkutsk One of the few American women who has lived and worked in this part of the world, Hudgins debunks many of the myths and misconceptions that surround this other side of Russia She artfully depicts the details of everyday life, set within their cultural and historical context local customs, foods, and festivals, as well as urban life, the education system, and the developing market economy in postSoviet Siberia and the Russian Far East Hudgin s prose shines in her colorful descriptions of multicourse meals washed down with champagne and vodka, often eaten by candlelight when the electricity failed The author s accounts of hors d oeuvres made of sea slugs and roulades of raw horse liver will fascinate those with adventuresome tastes, while her stories of hosting Spanish, French, and TexMex feasts will come as a surprise to anyone who thinks of Russia as a gastronomic wasteland Readers of The Other Side of Russia A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East will find themselves among the guests at Christmas parties, New Year s banquets, Easter dinners, and birthday celebrations They will experience the challenges of living in highrise apartment buildings often lacking water, heat, and electricity Above all, Asian Russia s natural beauty, thriving cities, and proud people shine from the pages, proving it is not only a land of harsh winters and vast uninhabited spaces, but also home to millions of Russian citizens who live and work in modern metropolises and enjoy a rich cultural and social life.

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    1. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I almost never opt for a non-fiction when I have a fiction book on hand, but I really enjoyed S. Hudgins tone and flow. It didn't hurt that the author and I are both passionate about food and ethnography, or that I was pretty curious about Siberia and the Russian Far East.That said, I would like to formally ban S. Hudgins from the use of listed alliteration for the rest of her writing career. Also, this book could have been much better organized, with many of my questio [...]

    2. After having been to Russia once, I found this to be an interesting book. I still remember a quote from one guy that my husband and I met in Russia. "We were so excited when the first McDonald's opened in Russia. Finally we had a restaurant with quality food." This book really helped me to understand this quote.One thing to note is that the tone of this is fairly negative, and if you haven't been to Russia, the book may not come across very well. Even when the author is trying to describe the po [...]

    3. 2009- I've always been interested in learning more about Russia, especially Siberia, and I think this book gives a great overview of Siberia in the early 1990's. Written by a American professor as she teaches at two Russian colleges, it's an easy to read account of her experiences living and traveling in Siberia and the Russian Far East. The author touches on a variety of topics, including the economy, food, and schooling, but makes each topic interesting instead of dry. I'm going to check out m [...]

    4. This could have been an exceptional book given the years the author lived in Siberia and Eastern Russia. It could have been filled with interesting anecdotes, stories, and trivia. Instead it is one of the most boring travel or living abroad books I have ever read. I gave up halfway through and donated it back to the library for their next used book sell. My apologies to whoever buys it next.

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