The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili

“The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili

‘And why did she die?’ ‘Because the world is a dung heap and most people are pieces of cow shit.’

A sprawling, epic, look at a family from 1900 to the present. A deep look at the lives at 7 women through war, love, communism, boyfriends, husbands, lovers, and chocolate. Yes, a secretive chocolate recipe plays a large role in this family’s history.

The story moves from one character to the next, with grace. There are many, many characters but I never felt lost. I felt I knew these women by the end of this book. At first this book seems like a lovely historical fiction novel about Russian & Georgian history, but 3/4 through, you see how the narrator is telling this story to someone in the present. This book is for Brillka.

Get ready to spend many long nights working through this novel. It is 944 pages, but I didn’t feel like I was slogging through such a long novel. Every chapter opens with a little quote that is relevant to the chapter. It’s a beautiful touch. I have so many highlights made in this book on my Kobo.

There has been war for two thousand years. A war without reason or sense. War is a thing of youth. A medicine for wrinkles. ZOI

I will need to spend time researching all the historical events that happen in this book now. I realize I know very, very little about Russian history, especially the Russian Revolution.

We decide what we want to remember and what we don’t. Time has nothing to do with it. Time doesn’t care.

A touching book about memory, our family history, and the trauma of love, war, friendships, and just living.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #56 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #TranslatedFiction #Nino Haratischwili #Fiction #RussianHistory #HistoricalFiction #Georgia #Russia “,

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