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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312200544, Hardcover)Great conflicts have always provided the fodder for fiction--as epics from Homer's Odyssey to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace or Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities prove. In The Idealists, Henry Carlisle and his wife, Olga Andreyev Carlisle, take the Russian Revolution as backdrop for their tale of romance, revolutionary derring-do, and twenty-twenty historical hindsight. The main characters here are the Nevsky family: Vasily, the peasant leader of the Socialist Revolutionary Party; his wife, Anna, an enlightened former member of the bourgeoisie; and their 9-year-old daughter, Marina. The action begins in 1909 and follows the family's fortunes through the start of the uprising in 1917. During the course of the novel, Vasily behaves heroically, Anna and Marina find themselves in great danger, and a parade of historical figures from Pasternak to Stalin make cameo appearances, adding verisimilitude to the proceedings. The Idealists is, in itself, an idealistic novel, presenting a portrait of Russia as poised between two alternatives: a humane revolution as personified by Vasily and the one we know from actual history. For readers in search of an entertaining historical melodrama, this book fits the bill. --Margaret Prior
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