Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dancing Under the Red Star

Author: Karl Tobien
Genre: Biography
My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8
Type: Biography
Number of pages: 317
Time period: 1940's, 1950's
Main characters: Margaret
Exciting events: Life in "Stalin's Gulag", essentially a concentration camp
My overall opinion: It was an interesting book. She was an American girl (about 18), living temporarily in Russia with her family, and was captured and taken for a spy. She wasn't one, but served 10 years for the assumption. It's obviously post-Holocaust, but still reminded me strongly of the concentration and death camps for Jews. Another interesting thing is that it's written in first person, but it was her son who wrote it. But just reading it, you'd think it was an auto-bio!

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