The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

The Revolution of Marina M.

From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman.St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers...

Details The Revolution of Marina M.

TitleThe Revolution of Marina M.
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Russia, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Revolution of Marina M.

  • Cheri
    ”MIDNIGHT, NEW YEAR’S EVE, three young witches gathered in the city that was once St. Petersburg. Though that silver sound, Petersburg, had been erased, and how oddly the new one struck our ears: Petrograd. A sound like bronze. Like horseshoes on stone, hammer on anvil, thunder in the name—Petrograd. No longer Petersburg of the bells and water, that city of mirrors, of transparent twilights, Tchaikovsky ballets, and Pushkin’s genius. Its ...
  • lp
    I fell in love with Marina M.—the book and the character. The research Janet Fitch must have done! She has great ability to make this character relatable—Marina M. had experiences and thoughts that I felt were torn from my teenage diary. The book is long but the story is fast paced, it takes you on a really fun journey. I was reading it at the same time I was watching THE AMERICANS, which I felt enhanced it. Thank you for this book, Janet! I'...
  • Ruth
    Edit: I had originally said it was 4.5 stars due to the abrupt ending but the ARC I was reading didn't indicate that it's actually part 1 of a 2 part series. Definitely the full 5!I actually savored it and read it slowly even though I was dying to know what was coming because I was captivated all throughout. It is an excellent read and has me wanting to read more about life during the Russian revolution. Although the life and background of Marina...
  • Nancy
    I would have given it 5 stars, but I hate books that end like that.Amendment: Love this book and can't wait for the sequel!!
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    I can't review this until closer to release date per publishers instructions, but it's really good.
  • Lauren
    This was quite the book. A sweeping saga of one young bourgeois woman's journey through the Russian Revolution and the following Civil War. It starts on the eve of 1917 and goes through 1919. It is a seriously long book much in the style of the classic Russian novelists but with Janet Fitch's undeniably lyrical prose. Even in the worst circumstances of Marina's journey, there is beauty on every page. I loved it. I found it compelling and page-tur...
  • Kati Berman
    I just couldn't get into this book and was not going to invest my time in reading an 800 page book I didn't enjoy. It's not often I don't finish a book, but as I get older, I find sometimes you just have to give up. So, maybe the two star is unfair, since I didn't finish it.
  • Francesca
    Janet Fitch is a little pretentious and so are her characters, but, like, in an endearing way. This is an over-simplification but Marina is like a Russian Astrid and the book itself is like a Russian-lit version of White Oleander. Family, love, abuse, with the added intrigue of Russian history. It's a huge book but doesn't feel huge. Recommended for anyone with a big imagination and a need to snuggle into a book like a bear hibernating in winter.
  • Lauren
    I'm grateful to BOTM for sending me an ARC of this book. I have to say, I feel like the only person in the world who didn't fall head over heels for this novel. I loved White Oleander, and I fully expected the same clarity of voice, the same forward drive of the story as Fitch displayed in her seminal work. Unfortunately, all of that was completely lacking for me. I found the story rambled from chapter to chapter, and while Fitch did an EXTRAORDI...
  • Lauren Hopkins
    Full disclosure, this took me almost two months to finish because it's literally super long and doesn't have enough of a reason to keep you interested? You get interested in plot points and moments, but then things go in a wildly different direction and you're like, ugh, I have to get interested all over again? For something that's 800 pages, it ends up feeling pretty torturous. Anyway, New Year's Eve 1916, Russia is on the brink of revolution, a...
  • Sarah
    The research Janet Fitch must have done to write this extraordinary tale is just amazing. The novel follows the life of Marina Makarova for roughly 3 years. She starts out as a hopeful 16 year girl full of poetry and promise for revolutionary Russia. Gradually she gets caught up in revolution and post Tsarist life. She transforms from a bourgeois maiden to a Bolshevik spy, to dutiful daughter, and finally survivor. She has to survive at any cost ...
  • Michele
    Thank you to the author and Goodreads for this book. I really enjoyed the characters, they were well-drawn, complex, and interesting (a few extremely unlikable!) I enjoyed how some characters could disappear and then reappear a few hundred pages later. While I had issues with some of the main character's decisions, she always had my sympathy. The author definitely researched the Russian Revolution and its brutality. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of...
  • Lindsey
    Oof. I love Janet Fitch so this is a hard review to write but this book was painfully dull. I started with high hopes. Marina is a very likable character and the Russian revolution is a vibrant and electric setting for a coming-of-age story. The beginning of the novel was well done, with our young heroine naively living the good life, sharing her expectations for her future, engaging in a youthful love affair, dreaming of a fancy life with her fr...
  • Annie
    Communism never took human nature into account, which meant that the workers’ paradise was always going to be just a pipe dream. Of course, in the Russia of 1917, the Bolsheviks were willing to go to any lengths to force the rest of their countrymen to try to create that paradise. For people like Marina Makarova, protagonist of Janet Fitch’s The Revolution of Marina M., this meant that they had to shift for themselves as best they could while...
  • Sherry Chiger
    This ended up being much more sophisticated, complex, and unpredictable than I expected, and I mean that as a compliment. The use of a passionate character/narrator to walk us through a passionate time—the Russian revolution—works perfectly, and the language was gorgeous without being overblown. While Marina experienced a huge gamut of events in the space of several years, because the writing and the characters were so well limned it was easy...
  • Dan Radovich
    Big big book - but how can a story centered around the Russian Revolution NOT be BIG? Fitch has taken her time to research and write this wonderful piece, the first volume in a series of...? Marina Makarova is a young girl living with her well off family in Petrograd, as the New Year dawns on 1917. Fitch combines many subplots and characters into what should be considered her best work to date. (I admired WHITE OLEANDER but was tired of the same ...
  • Cathy Beyers
    This was good but could have been much better if it had been a little shorter. The novel loses itself in detail and at some points seems to be lag and drag a bit. The character description is great and so is the period detail, but it lacked some of the authentic Russian atmosphere I had expected to see in this kind of book. I enjoyed it but felt the whole time that something was not quite right. Maybe the fact that read two excellent books with a...
  • Jenny
    This is a free book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.This is lengthy historical novel that spans 3 years (1916 - 1919) and follows Marina Makarova as she "comes of age" during the Russian Revolution in Petrogard. The reader is able to glimpse the impact of war upon the privileged class and the country's move to communism with various political upheavals through Marina's eyes and experiences. I'm not sure why "Russian" novels are so long, ...
  • Clary
    Wow! Marina has had it rough! I really enjoyed this book. So much details. I feel like I learned so much through this character and all she had been through. She did get me upset at times, but I still loved this character. Love reading about complex characters. The book was a little lengthy and the ending was a little disappointing.