Simon Sebag Montefiore - One Night in Winter (22)

I loved this book. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I have hunch some people might find it a little slow, but it’s one of the best, most pleasing books I have read in a couple of years. (I reserve the 5-Star rating for books I believe should be rammed down all of humanity’s throats, whether they like it or not. It’s a high bar.)

I picked up One Night in Winter solely because I wanted to listen to a really wonderful narrator. I’m so very glad I did. It’s just this really wonderful slow burning political (mini)-thriller rooted in Stalin’s Russia in 1945. It weaves love stories in with the investigation of the political antics of children. There’s a paranoia that runs through it that gives you such a strong impression of what it must have been like to be close to Stalin during those times.

There isn’t a specific line or scene that stands out. Just wonderful drawn characters and a thoughtful, well-developed social and political context for them to romp around in. 

What’s Next?

Dipping into the library of old books, since I’ve eaten up all my audio credits for the month.