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Without Vodka Adventures in Wartime Russia ALEKSANDER TOPOLSKI was sixteen years old on the morning of August when he was called up for military service In eight days his native Poland would be invaded by the Germans Shortly after th

  • Title: Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia
  • Author: Aleksander Topolski
  • ISBN: 9781586420123
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia By Aleksander Topolski, ALEKSANDER TOPOLSKI was sixteen years old on the morning of August 24, 1939, when he was called up for military service In eight days his native Poland would be invaded by the Germans Shortly after that, the Russians rolled in under the Hitler Stalin pact, and when Topolski tried to sneak across the border into Romania, he was captured by Soviet border guards Thus beganALEKSANDER TOPOLSKI was sixteen years old on the morning of August 24, 1939, when he was called up for military service In eight days his native Poland would be invaded by the Germans Shortly after that, the Russians rolled in under the Hitler Stalin pact, and when Topolski tried to sneak across the border into Romania, he was captured by Soviet border guards Thus began a than two year long ordeal through the Soviet Union s outrageously absurd penal system Writing with an unexpected sense of humor and irony and an almost superhuman capacity for recalling fascinating details, Topolski recounts the fight for survival in the gulag Mendacious NKVD officers, whimsical pickpockets, ruthless youth gang members, wise political prisoners, Polish patriots, unfortunate Uzbechs and countless other unforgettable characters populate this often raucous odyssey But it s not for our brains to ponder these things, someone along Topolski s journey utters, mouthing an old Russian saying, without vodka you can t figure it out Ultimately Topolski escapes into Iran to join the Polish 2nd Corps which is being formed there to fight the Germans but that s another story.

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    1. Ksi ka Topolskiego to wspomnienia posiadaj c ciekaw narracj , kt ra mocno wci ga Wspomnienia s napisane atwym do przyswojenia j zykiem Autor t umaczy dok adnie wszystkie zawi o ci, kt re polskiemu czytelnikowi wydaj si oczywiste Jest to spowodowane zapewne tym, e autor pisz c my la o czytelniku anglosaskim Dzi ki temu bez wi kszych obaw po ksi k mo e si gn ka dy nie trzeba wcze niej przeczyta ani innej sowieckiej literatury obozowej , ani opracowa historycznych na temat Gu agu lub ZSRR.Warto pod [...]

    2. Turns out my friend s family live near this author in Canada and they kindly supplied a copy of this book As my father in law was also Polish, it was interesting to learn about the terribly events of WW2.This is an very well written book I could not put it down and read it in two days Whilst the historical facts are mind blowing the author managed to inject humour into what is a bleak subject The experience of a Polish POW during WW2 the hardship, the hunger and harrowing plight for all concern [...]

    3. I had to get this one back to the library, and while I enjoyed the chapters I read, I don t know if I ll take it out of the library again to finish Clearly the writer is a good and charming storyteller and he has quite a story many stories to tell as a POW One GR reviewer questioned the veracity of these stories I am only about a third through the book and so far it seems pretty believable to me Very similar to other POW stories except for the specific places and characters If I get a chance to [...]

    4. This is one of the books that I read that I absolutely loved and couldn t put down I ve given this book as a gift to several friends and family members Its hard to explain to someone that a book about a Polish POW in WWII USSR can be a fun and entertaining read, but truly is.

    5. I read this book many years ago and it has stuck with me, so I suppose it has weathered the test of time There is also a personal connection, not to the book but to the situation, for I had one great uncle executed at Katyn and another who joined General Wladyslaw Anders in Siberia.Topolski writes innocently, and a little naively, with sympathy for all the people he encounters He does a great job displaying the cruelty of the system without blaming the individuals or groups as a whole If at time [...]

    6. Well, I ll be honest, after a few years, I ve given up on ever coming back to actually finish this book I was about 1 4 of the way through it before stalling from boredom and a sense of doubt as to the veracity of this tale Call it my Spidey sense, but I just starting thinking that there was a lot of making it up as I go along within what I d read Maybe I m totally wrong about it, but I moved on to interesting material I ll be honest, I was disappointed because I d hoped for something thrilling [...]

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