Book Beginnings: Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

One of my favorite book bloggers, Gilion, in addition to hosting the European Reading and TBR 22 in 22 reading challenges also hosts on her Rose City Reader blog Book Beginnings on Friday. While I’m no stranger to her European Reading Challenge, only recently did I decide to participate in Book Beginnings on Friday. After skipping last week I’m back with another post.

For Book Beginnings on Friday Gilion asks us to simply “share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book that caught your fancy and you want to highlight.”


Petrograd was a brooding, beleaguered city that last desperate winter before the revolution broke; a snowbound city of ice-locked canals and looming squares. Its fine wide streets and elegant palaces of pink granite and coloured stucco fronted by rows of airy columns and arches no longer exuded a sense of imperial grandeur but, rather, a sense of decay.

Helen Rappaport’s Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge is one of four books I grabbed from the library earlier this week. Claire from The Captive Reader is a big fan of Rappaport and has featured several of her books on her blog. Hankering for some Russian history I’m guessing this is a great place to start.

8 thoughts on “Book Beginnings: Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

  1. Ooh this sounds fascinating! I’ve always been intrigued by the Russian Revolution, so I’ll definitely add this to my TBR list. I also like how descriptive the opening is, that is so important in a history book! I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy your books 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words


    • So far it’s been very good. If you’re intrigued by the Russian Revolution please consider it highly recommended. Same to you, please also have a lovely weekend and enjoy your books!Please visit again!


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