Brand : Paullina Simons

[ [ [ The Bronze Horseman [ THE BRONZE HORSEMAN ] By Simons, Paullina ( Author )Sep-08-2009 Paperback



Mollie40 |

Wonderful!

This was the most enthralling novel and love story i've ever read. i enjoyed it so much that i read it over and over for a total of 6 times. i then decided that could not be the end of such a wonderful story and searched the internet for a possible sequel and found it: tatiana and alexander. i again read that book over and over and decided there must be more and found the third book on the internet. i read these 3 novels at least once every 6-9 months again as i have enjoyed the trilogy more than any other books i have ever read. i highly recommend this trilogy for anyone who likes novels covering historical times and events. they are all wonderful.

5171milesbookblog (ashley) |

Instant favorite.

I finally read the bronze horseman, people! that’s enough for a celebration in itself since it has been sitting on my kindle app for almost a year now! everyone raves about this book and i just knew i was going to love it intensely. you guys know how much i love a good world war ii story. there’s a little part of me that is always anxious to read what i know will be an amazing book because i know i will only get to experience it for the first time, well, the first time. it’s incredible to fully live inside the pages of a book that one loves, but the pain of it being over is sometimes so devastating. it’s like having a friend move to the other side of the world to my empathetic brain. i don’t want to say goodbye. luckily i have two more books to get me through my sorrows…at least until they are over. the bronze horseman was a book that reinforced my love of reading. it made me feel as if i was living the life of my characters. i stopped seeing words on the pages, forgetting about grammar, and only imagined the movie playing in my mind. when the characters were cold, i was cold. when they were starving, my stomach was rumbling. when their bodies were completely devastated, i felt physically drained. i felt the love, the agony, and the anger at communist russia and nazi germany, i felt as if i was in leningrad in the 1940s. only a great story, a great writer, can transport someone to a place they will never have a chance to witness personally and truly take them there with their words. it is pure magic. while some people find fault with the characters personalities, i didn’t mind feeling annoyed with them, even sometimes angry. when i’m reading about such a heartbreaking time in history, the characters shouldn’t be flawless. i need them to be human for the story to be truly captivating. the love between tatiana and alexander was epic. it compares to that of claire and jamie in outlander. it is a true, soul-wrecking love story. the kind of love people only hope to experience in their lifetime. a love that ruins a person for all other people. i can’t say enough good things about this novel. i want more, but i want to soak up this story and live in it a little longer before i start the next book. i am fortunate to be reading this novel with some former high school classmates for our book club, and will get to discuss it all over again with them in may. it will do my heart good to talk about tatiana and alexander again! if you’re waiting for the chance to start this book like i was, get started now and fall in love with tatiana and alexander. be transported to the war-torn russia in 1941-1943.

Triad |

Beautiful, moving, and compelling...

One of the best books i've read in a while, the bronze horseman was something i picked up at a library sale for fifty cents--worth every penny and much, much more. i remember not expecting much from it at all, but was pleasantly surprised at the scope of the book and the lovely character development of the main characters, tatiana and alexander. though it has its share of flaws, the plot and the consuming love story have brought me back to re-read this book a half a dozen times since i first bought it. the book begins on june 22, 1941 in leningrad, the day when germany first attacked russia in ww11. centering mostly on tatiana metanova and her family, the first chapter of the book follows the metanov's desire to get their only son, pasha, and tatia's twin brother, out of leningrad to a boy's camp in tolmachevo so he can be safe from enlistment/the war. here we meet all the many and varied characters of the metanov family: tatiana-- the caring, yet uncertain and pretty heroine who is at the center of the novel. at 17, tatia is altruistic to a fault but still has a sense of that teenage flightiness. it can be annoying sometimes, but simons does a good job of making tatiana mostly a very interesting and layered character. her youth, however, is very evident in the sometimes petty and stubborn way she handles situations--like refusing to acknowledge her feelings for alexander despite the fact that her refusal is tantamount to certain disaster. dasha-- tatiana's older sister and rival. she's in love with a captain in the red army, alexander belov. he is, unfortunately, in love with tatiana. dasha, however, refuses to give up alexander. it's difficult to tell, the way her character was written, if dasha genuinely cannot see what is going on with alexander and tatiana or if she's just willfully ignoring it. her character is somewhat flatly written--semi-spiteful and claiming to love tatiana, all the while making her little sister's life a living hell. towards the middle of the book, however, simons seems to take more of an interest in dasha and she shows some amazing, if albeit late, character development that finally makes her more of a fleshed out, sympathetic character. then there's pasha, the brother, who disappears after the first few pages to never be heard from again. tatiana's parents are relatively unimportant other than to serve as a catalyst for deepening the tension between the love triad of alexander, dasha, and tatiana. of course, the mysterious and handsome alexander is actually more rounded out than either of the sisters--he is an extremely effective romantic protagonist that is a nice contrast to tatiana's ceaseless martyrdom. the main suspense and action of the book mirror the ever-growing threat of the war. as leningrad becomes more and more cut off from essential supplies and june turns into the harshness of winter, the growing affection of tatiana and alexander's impossible and secret romance is well written. it's here we meet the "villian" of the piece, dimitri chernenko, a weasly and whiny frontovik in the army, who just happenes to be privvy to a certain secret of alexander's; this is a secret which could destroy *everything* if brought to light--and, to cap it all off, dimitri's in love with tatiana. vast and an intersting look at 1940's russia at the height of the red empire, the book also manages to be emotionally moving (i cried at the end of the book) and resonant (i.e., if you've ever been impossibly in love). in short, if you're a fan of epic and unusual love tales, then "the bronze horseman" is definitely for you.