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 worke...

Details The Revolution of Marina M.

TitleThe Revolution of Marina M.
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBack Bay Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia

Reviews The Revolution of Marina M.

  • Janet
    This is where I've been for the last decade--working on one novel, The Revolution of Marina M. If you know me from my first two books, White Oleander and Paint It Black, both set in my home town of Los Angeles, you might be surprised to see a book set during the Russian Revolution. But as Toni Morrison once advised writers: If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. I'm one of those people El...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!MIDNIGHT, NEW YEARS 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 namePetrograd. No longer Petersburg of the bells and water, that city of mirrors, of transparent twilights, Tchaikovsky ballets, and Pushkins geniu...
  • Matt
    At first I saw nothing. Then, way up at the end of Nevsky, a black dot appeared. A bit of red. As I watched the dot grew into a bobbing mass, adorned with small smears of scarlet. Now a noise, faint, like the whispering of waves on a pebbly beach, a low gravelly chatter, arose and soon echoed off the buildings and rolled down the boulevard. The marchers were chanting but we werent close enough to hear the wordsVarvara squeezed my arm. I squeezed ...
  • Joe Valdez
    Discovering a great novel like White Oleander and not being able to finish Janet Fitch's two subsequent books is best dramatized by the Warner Bros. animated short One Froggy Evening from 1955, where a man discovers a singing and dancing frog who when paraded before an audience, reverts to a normal frog. If I had a stick, I'd poke the author. At 816 pages in hardcover (roughly 264,625 words), The Revolution of Marina M. is hardly mute, but the ...
  • Amy Yingling
    So soon after reading The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne I really didnt see myself being able to sit down and ingest another long and emotionally charged saga; a girl needs to recharge between such books, they are awesome but mentally and physically draining. But the book gods sometimes throw two such books at you so close together and of course I just couldnt help myself, who needs sleep and tissues are on sale since its Winter, so Im cov...
  • 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...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    End of Book 1. I only just now realized that this epic story is not the end of our journey together with Marina M. Im not exactly sure how to feel about that, but for now lets just focus on this the first book. The Revolution of Marina M. is the story of Marina growing up in Russia and going through her own revolution parallelled to the Russian revolution of 1917. Marina is a dynamic character who starts out as a giggly, studious and passionate g...
  • Roman Clodia
    350 pages into an 800 page tome and I'm throwing in the towel on this one. Want to know what it's like? It's as if Twilight's Bella Swan were put down in St Petersburg in 1917 - she wants oh so desperately to be a revolutionary (despite, or because of, her bourgeois, super-comfortable background) but in reality all she can do is shuttle between her two love interests, wringing her hands and wittering on about Kolya's hairy chest and honey scent.....
  • 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...
  • 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 relatableMarina 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'm so g...
  • Erin Clemence
    I am so grateful this novel is finished. I actually committed my Sunday night (of a long, holiday weekend no less) into finishing this book. I was too far along to DNF it and I have so many more exciting novels to get to. Needless to say, mission accomplished. I am a huge fan of Janet Fitch, in general. White Oleander and Paint it Black are both poignant and powerful novels that gripped me from the first page. The only thing these two novels have...
  • Dean Cummings
    There are points in ones life where its possible to turn back, and we know them when they come, even when we dont choose to take that option. It is at the halfway point of the book that Marina Makarova makes this statement, but even as I read it, I already knew her as a young woman who burns with a blazing inner intensity.Some rely on reason when making crucial life decisions, others gravitate to the safe and predictable answers, and of course th...
  • 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...
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    So, this book. I'm settling on 3.5 stars, although I know Goodreads won't honor the half! Thanks to Little Brown for the ARC of the title. I dedicated 6 days of my life to all 804 pages of it and am attempting to pull all of my thoughts together.......and then I read the Goodreads and BookPage interviews with the author that explains that this is book 1 of 2 volumes, and that muddled all of my previous thoughts! I really wonder why that wasn't mo...
  • Aura
    ****Spoiler alert****I just finished this 1100 page beauty of a book after 48 hour holiday reading bender. I have been with Marina through her father, Genya, the archangel, Varvara, Volya and Ukashin, all these people who want to tell this independent, smart, free spirit of a girl what or who she should be. I just got to the last page of this sweeping lovely scary addictive story and I want resolution to the revolution of Marina M. Yet, I get to ...
  • Ella
    2017-11-13 much to say....I think this is the wordiest review I have ever written, here goes....When I started writing this review, I had no idea there will be a sequel!!!!! This was one very long and beautifully written and well researched book about the Russian revolution, which has been in the making for over 10 years, wow!!!! It helped a lot that I was born and raised in Leningrad (I know it is St. Petersburg now, but I was born and raised...
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Judy
    Do you love Russian literature? Do you think an American can measure up in writing a book of historical fiction set in Russia? I am here to tell you, she can!!So many things made this one of the best books I read in 2017. It is a story of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes and heart and mind of a budding teenage poetess. I don't think that has been done very often, if ever. It is Janet Fitch's homage to Tolstoy, Pushkin and Russian poet...
  • Mary Rakow
    Janet Fitch is generous to writers and generous to her readers. This is most apparent in her newly released third novel, The Revolution of Marina M. which interweaves the Russian Revolution and the personal journey of the protagonist, a young poet Marina. If you start books the way I do, and read the Acknowledgments first, you'll see the depth of original research in Russia and the States that gives rigor and authenticity to this tale. And if you...
  • Louise
    Ive just spent a week in the throes of Marina Ms revolution. What a rollicking ride it has been.Janet Fitch has made remarkable use of research, describing the 1916-19 streetscapes of the Russian Revolution and the technical aspects of everything from photography to railroads. She shows you how the black markets work and how the revolution came to villages. She can describe a room, a forest, clothing and a table like no other. Fitch can also writ...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'My younger self looks up. She senses me there in the room, a vague but troubling presence, I swear she catches a glimpse of me in the windows reflection- the woman from the future, neither young nor old, bathed in grief and compromise, wearing her own two eyes. A shudder passes through her as a draft.'One of my favorite books of all time is White Oleander by Janet Fitch, which I intend to review...
  • Zulfiya
    I am giving it five starts being fully aware that it is a very solid four-star read with the exceptional research, and that research deserves more than an extra star. I was very apprehensive about this novel - an American writing a novel about Russia and Russians is always a premise for failure. I am Russian, and I know how Americans are different from Russians. I am not going to speculate here what culture is better and if there is a cultural cu...
  • J.S. Dunn
    2.5If sheer weight earned stars, then this might be a 3 or 4. Lots of gushing and hyperbole on the Big Publisher Jacket Copy, donated by Inhouse Authors Eager To Comply. Don't you believe it. Sometimes the 800 page emperor isn't wearing clothing. The tale is a large set piece for telling the history of the soviet revolution of 1916 in a very linear fashion and including bits we might not want to hear. Just like castor oil. No redemption comes fro...
  • 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.
  • Jilly
    I really wanted to like this book. I love Janet Fitch--I think I've read White Oleander like five times. And I'm a Slavist. So I was so excited when I saw that Janet Fitch was writing a book about the Russian Revolution. However, this book was b-r-u-t-a-l. It might be the worst book I've read in years, and it pains me to say that given how much I like her work normally. I think the problem is that the book has no idea what it wants to be. Is it a...
  • Chrissy
    I was so excited to read this book. I thought a story about a member of the Russian bourgeoisie joining the Russian Revolution would be so exciting! But it wasn't. Marina was NOT a likable character at all. She's extremely spoiled and selfish, and it seems she only supports the Revolution because her friends do. She never really seems to understand what the Revolution was about, and uses it as an excuse to hurt her parents more than anything. And...
  • 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 ...