Madonnas of Leningrad

I really don’t have a lot to say about this book. It was a nice to have a bit of a breather from the long books I’ve been reading, but this one was still heavy in content. But it isn’t one that will stick with me for any reason. In fact, after finishing this last night, I’m not quite sure what the main character’s name is. Eek

Marina’s (I looked it up, no worries) story is told in present day when she is older and her memory is failing, alternated with chapters from her past. She was in Russia during WWII and barely managed to survive in the basement of an art museum. She helped preserve the artwork for safe keeping and, with so much time to spare, memorized the layout and the paintings in the museum.

At just over 200 pages, this book was a break from the 800+ ones I’ve been reading lately, and it is a darker story, but it never delved into the worst of the horrors of WWII, which is saying something considering many people starved to death in this book. But interspersed with descriptions of artwork, specially the Madonnas, you never really got sucked into the darkness.

I gave this one 3 stars because it was good enough to finish, but it just didn’t make an impression on me, either good or bad.

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