The Breaking of Eggs

The Breaking of Eggs

Book - 2010
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After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991, former Communist and travel-guide writer Feliks Zhukovski travels to the United States in hopes of selling his life's work, and awakens from self-imposed isolation into a changed world.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143117261
0143117262
Branch Call Number: FIC/POWELL
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 21 cm.

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patienceandfortitude Mar 02, 2012

This novel is about a middle-aged man whose complete world falls apart and is recreated after his 61st birthday. He built his life around the idea and values of communism and has to adjust his life as a result of the changes in the world, but more importantly, his encounters with individuals. The novel discusses the differences between living for an idea and living with and for individual human beings. It also tells the story of what it was like to live in France, Poland, and Germany before and after WWII. This seems a very fair and sympathetic novel, offering much to consider.

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Jul 09, 2011

I liked the initial part of the book, but around the part with the mother's letter, it started feeling less compelling to me. Perhaps part of it was that it shifted from showing me the story to just telling it to me.

As I got closer to the end, it just felt like things were too neatly tied up, like some sort of bland fairy tale ending. Rather mushy, and not satisfying at all.

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