Coming Out of the Ice

Coming Out of the Ice

An Unexpected Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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In 1931, a young American named Victor Herman accompanied his parents to the Soviet Union where his father was to set up a Ford Motor Company plant. In 1938, he was inexplicably thrown into a Soviet prison. It was forty-five years before he was able to return to America. His was a common nightmare during the Stalin years. Those who survived imprisonment and torture were either sent north to hard labor in the icy forests and mines or into exile. Victor Herman was one of the few who survived. During his life in and out of Russian prisons, he fell in love with a Russian gymnast, who followed him into exile. She lived with him and their child for a year in Siberia in a cave chopped out of ice. Theirs was a romance destined to thrive even under desperate conditions.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433297755
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 49 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher 1959-
Alternative Title: hoopla digital


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Apr 29, 2016

Possibly the most brilliant book I have ever read/listened to. It took me months to get through as it makes for very traumatic reading at times. I finished It (albeit it is a bit too long), out of respect for the author, whose true story it is. I hesitate to recommend to young people as it is such a condemnation of man's inhumanity to man. That said, if I was still teaching high school English & History at the senior level, I would have used some of the chapters without a doubt as a tie in to the Cold War and novels such as 1984.

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