Life Begins At Forty

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Nikolai Nikolayevich celebrates his 40th birthday and reflects on a life of mild disappointment in the fog of a Volgograd night as the certainties of Soviet Communism dissolve into the chaos of the free market.

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Words: 2,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476470122
About David Brining

The author has lived and worked in several different countries and has been, variously, a camel jockey, a tennis coach, an underwater photographer, a motivational speaker, a magazine editor, an opera singer, a pantomime dame, a cat-sitter and a ghost-buster.

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Review by: PJ O'Brien on Feb. 22, 2015 :
This is a short story that is actually the first episode - I think - of a series based upon one Russian family's experiences before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. This first one draws a nice portrayal of the protagonist, his transitioning to a new phase of life when he feels he can no longer think of himself as young and to the upheavals and personal impact of post-communist rule. The story also introduces his wife and teen son, whose restrained but genuine caring provides a little circle of light and hope against the backdrop of bleak, gray, and cold.

I liked it very much. It does have a very high adjective to noun ratio for my taste (almost 1:1, it seemed, though that's likely an exaggeration), but otherwise it's very well done. I'm downloading all the rest.
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