Review: Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia, by David Greene

The author is one of the hosts of NPR’s Morning Edition. For two years, in 2010-2011, he was an NPR foreign correspondent and lived in Moscow. He returned to Russia in 2013 to make a five week long train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok. Each chapter of this book is based on individuals he met and spoke with on stops on his trip across Russia. Each shows different facets of what life is like in Russia today. I think Greene was hoping to find more of a longing for Western style democracy among the people he met but many of them longed for a leader like Stalin who would provide stability and less of the government corruption and bribe taking that they encounter today. These glimpses into a different culture can help us understand the Russian people, their fatalism, endurance and love of their country, as imperfect as it is.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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