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    An unflinching look at Soviet misery

    This book, Ayn Rand's first, mainly tries to do two things: Paint a picture of what a hellhole Communist Russia was for the people who had to live there, and tell a love story. In the former, it succeeds with flying colours; or rather, a flying lack of any colour but a brutal, oppressive red. The more I learn about the USSR, the more surprised I am that there was still anyone alive in that country after nearly 70(!) years of such an objectively horrifying regime. In the latter, well, this is still Ayn Rand we're talking about; the woman seemed to have a rather odd view of romantic relationships. All in all, a solid book. I'd go so far as to say that this should be required reading in high school curriculums, if only to keep the kids from getting stars in their eyes when they learn about the theory of Communism by showing them how it works in practice.


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