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  1. Lance Greenfield Lance Greenfield says:

    One feels that there is a LOT of the author in this book She brings out both the beauty and the ugliness of Romania During the years leading up to the 1989 revolution, there was a justifiable culture of distrust amongst friends combined with a strengthening of family bonds This is brought out so well by the writing of Domnica Radulescu Eventually, the contrasts with American society, and its very different values, are brought to the fore, and you ll come to truly understand the meaning of th One feels that there is a LOT of the author in this book She brings out both the beauty and the ugliness of Romania During the years leading up to the 1989 revolution, there was a justifiable culture of distrust amongst friends combined with a strengthening of family bonds This is brought out so well by the writing of Domnica Radulescu Eventually, the contrasts with American society, and its very different values, are brought to the fore, and you ll come to truly understand the meaning of the Romanian word, dor Having many Romanian friends, but having only been to Bucharest on my numerous business visits to that vast country, the descriptions in this book serve to reinforce the message of those friends I must travel to the Carpathian Mountains, or down to the Black Sea coast, if I am ever to fully appreciate their land This is an absorbing story which is brilliantly narrated


  2. Kathrina Kathrina says:

    Wow This was exactly the book I was searching for a book that brings the beauty of the Romanian landscape, the consciousness of the contemporary Romanian with all the poetic perspective that comes so naturally through the language, with an American sensibility to honestly portray the harrowing daily trials of life under tyranny, and wraps it all up with an uncharacteristic dollop of hope I use the word uncharacteristic because there are so few Romanian authors brave enough American enoug Wow This was exactly the book I was searching for a book that brings the beauty of the Romanian landscape, the consciousness of the contemporary Romanian with all the poetic perspective that comes so naturally through the language, with an American sensibility to honestly portray the harrowing daily trials of life under tyranny, and wraps it all up with an uncharacteristic dollop of hope I use the word uncharacteristic because there are so few Romanian authors brave enough American enough to evoke hope in their writing After forty years of communist suppression, Romanians still don t even feel comfortable talking with an American about the daily specific fears, sacrifices, and pain of life under Ceaucescu, or the unstable years following his execution Not that people didn t have these fears, but it had been illegal for so long to express them Poets and writers became accustomed to using their language, rich with metaphor and poetry, to express their thoughts indirectly Radulescu is one of only a few authors I ve so far discovered who is disclosing the inner consciousness of the contemporary Romanian honestly, staring into the face of contemporary history, unflinchingly placing herself within it Her bittersweet love story had me crying in public as I read Her chapters on her experience as a political exile, her identification with refugees of all nationalities, her ability to miss a country she d only ever read about, her refusal to seek out other Romanians in exile, and her troubled marriage all shed valuable insight I hadn t considered before Radulescu calls this a novel, but it s so fluent and naked, I can t help but think it s almost all memoir I ve heard she s about to publish a second book, Black Sea Twilight, but I can t find it yet on any American sites Sign me up for that release I ll go anywhere Radulescu takes me


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    The beginning and the end were the weakest parts of this book I wasn t captured by the young romance of the beginning nor the final explanation of all the events summarized at the end Still, I really enjoyed my time spend with this book Life in Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu in the 1980s, the perils of emigration and life as a Romanian emigrant, all are perceptively described, emotionally and intellectually I felt I was there experiencing the main character s confusion, weariness, worries, The beginning and the end were the weakest parts of this book I wasn t captured by the young romance of the beginning nor the final explanation of all the events summarized at the end Still, I really enjoyed my time spend with this book Life in Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu in the 1980s, the perils of emigration and life as a Romanian emigrant, all are perceptively described, emotionally and intellectually I felt I was there experiencing the main character s confusion, weariness, worries, anger and joys I truly felt the author captured real life experiences This is a book about how life really is, and it is not often that a book of fiction captures this so genuinely The characters are real they do what people really do This does not feel like a book of fiction And there are many wonderful lines After reading this book I feel I understand life under Ceausescu Do you want to understand this Romanian experience, then read this book The audiobook narration by Yelena Shmulenson was excellent


  4. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    I am not at all a fan of romance novels, but Train to Trieste appealed to me for the Romania stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge, due to the political and social commentary which it promised I find Romania fascinating, and cannot wait to visit in the next couple of years I found that the scene was set well here, with many small details about the world around protagonist Mona nestling into the narrative As a character, however, she irritated me greatly She has been crafted as a I am not at all a fan of romance novels, but Train to Trieste appealed to me for the Romania stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge, due to the political and social commentary which it promised I find Romania fascinating, and cannot wait to visit in the next couple of years I found that the scene was set well here, with many small details about the world around protagonist Mona nestling into the narrative As a character, however, she irritated me greatly She has been crafted as a typical silly, giddy teenager, who has no cares apart from wanting her own way in life and love She is selfish and self centered, and her moods swing from one extreme to another in the space of just one or two paragraphs Train to Trieste feels rather overwritten in places, but still manages to feel too simplistic for an historical novel It is therefore difficult to pinpoint the target audience which Radulescu was aiming this particular novel at it is not on the same level as a lot of historical fiction, which made me think that maybe it was a young adult novel, but similarly it deals with some quite adult themes, and lots of jumping into bed The prose is highly repetitive Mona tells us, for instance, that her dress is blue three times, and gauzy twice, in the space of a page Train to Trieste is farinvolved with Mona s love life and obsessions than it is with the political climate of Romania in the 1970s, which I feel is a real shame It reminded me largely of Pam Jenoff s novels, which I find rather fluffy, in that the love affairs of the protagonists always greatly overshadow the historical context


  5. metaphor metaphor says:

    I am leaving behind everything except myself Then I am terrified that I will be overcome by memories In order not to lose myself in this city of strangers, I carry a country inside my head My parents memories become my own, as if I had lived their childhoods, their adolescence and I have collected the memories of my aunts and uncles, too, and my cousins, and the memories of characters in books I ve read I knew I was on my native soil I felt it in the way dawn filtered through the tall, I am leaving behind everything except myself Then I am terrified that I will be overcome by memories In order not to lose myself in this city of strangers, I carry a country inside my head My parents memories become my own, as if I had lived their childhoods, their adolescence and I have collected the memories of my aunts and uncles, too, and my cousins, and the memories of characters in books I ve read I knew I was on my native soil I felt it in the way dawn filtered through the tall, symmetrical fir trees In the way sunflowers swayed in the warm cool summer air that caressed my face through the open window I knew it from the smell of wet tree bark, pine resin, and the and the unique scent of the flower called queen of the night that opened up at dusk and filled the air with its dizzying fragrance until dawn all summer long I knew it because all my limbs felt the right size, and because I could hear the echoes of my name, my laughter and moans stuck for ever in the valleys I came back avid for the smells and tastes of my childhood


  6. Michael Michael says:

    The protagonist discovers love as a teenager in the repressive Romania of Ceaucescu and then flees the demons real and imagined that haunt her to find a new life in America Although she gains a mature sense of self, she remains nostalgic for the land she has left and the life and love she has lost by leaving Her appreciation for the land and its people infuses her passion for her lover with a chthonic power which imprints itself on her soul as an innate releasing mechanism that abides until The protagonist discovers love as a teenager in the repressive Romania of Ceaucescu and then flees the demons real and imagined that haunt her to find a new life in America Although she gains a mature sense of self, she remains nostalgic for the land she has left and the life and love she has lost by leaving Her appreciation for the land and its people infuses her passion for her lover with a chthonic power which imprints itself on her soul as an innate releasing mechanism that abides until her return to the Carpathians, following the overthrow of the dictator One senses that there is much of the author s own love for Romania in the work, and that gives rise to almost poetic caresses in her descriptions of the land and its natives Although framed by hard political realities, this is a love story told with passion and without illusions


  7. Liviu Liviu says:

    Very disappointing book as someone who lived through the period described in the book in Romania, I found the atmosphere very inaccurate focused on the ultra dramatic miseries of the privileged rather than the day to day numbing hell of 5 hour food lines for milk and bread, lack of water, electricity and so on that afflicted regular people Living under Ceausescu s regime was hell but not for the reasons of the book unless of course you were part of the privileged who wanted Also Very disappointing book as someone who lived through the period described in the book in Romania, I found the atmosphere very inaccurate focused on the ultra dramatic miseries of the privileged rather than the day to day numbing hell of 5 hour food lines for milk and bread, lack of water, electricity and so on that afflicted regular people Living under Ceausescu s regime was hell but not for the reasons of the book unless of course you were part of the privileged who wanted Also the style of the book is way overwrought like shouting Two stars for the try


  8. Sandra Sandra says:

    I really enjoyed this story of a young girl, and the journey she takes to better her life A page turner, deeply moving, and suspenseful, during a time of war and politics in her country A wonderful debut FromIn the summer of 1977, seventeen year old Mona Manoliu falls in love with Mihai, a green eyed boy who lives in Brasov, the romantic mountain city where she spends her summers But under the Ceausescu dictatorship, paranoia infects everyone soon Mona begins to suspect that Mihai I really enjoyed this story of a young girl, and the journey she takes to better her life A page turner, deeply moving, and suspenseful, during a time of war and politics in her country A wonderful debut FromIn the summer of 1977, seventeen year old Mona Manoliu falls in love with Mihai, a green eyed boy who lives in Brasov, the romantic mountain city where she spends her summers But under the Ceausescu dictatorship, paranoia infects everyone soon Mona begins to suspect that Mihai is part of the secret police As food shortages worsen and her loved ones begin to disappear, Mona realizes that she too must leave Over the next twenty years, she struggles to bury her longing for the past, yet she eventually finds herself compelled to return, determined to learn the truth about her one great love


  9. Bobbi Bobbi says:

    Train to Trieste draws the reader into Romania, into the head and heart of Mona, the young Romanian narrator As the difficult life under Ceausescu s dictatorship creeps into every life, sometimes ending in tragic ways, Mona realizes she must escape But what of her love for Mihai, shared to the reader with all the sensations of young certain uncertain lust and everythingness Through her escape and new life in Chicago, all is shared with a poetry and prose that paints incredible pictures of bot Train to Trieste draws the reader into Romania, into the head and heart of Mona, the young Romanian narrator As the difficult life under Ceausescu s dictatorship creeps into every life, sometimes ending in tragic ways, Mona realizes she must escape But what of her love for Mihai, shared to the reader with all the sensations of young certain uncertain lust and everythingness Through her escape and new life in Chicago, all is shared with a poetry and prose that paints incredible pictures of both Mona s soul and all the scenes and people around her What a treat to experience an unfamiliar to me place and time in such an intimately told and thrilling story


  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    An excellent book to read as I ve just returned from Romania and a tour of Caecescu s palace, an 80 room mansion he hid from his own people while draining the national treasury and starving the citizens This book clearly follows the author s own life and portrays with telling details the drudgery and despair of living in a police state I would have liked fewer dreams, but other than that I found it moving and compelling.


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Train to Trieste ❴Reading❵ ➾ Train to Trieste Author Domnica Radulescu – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The lyrical story of a young woman s journey from the totalitarianism of Eastern Europe to the freedom of America, told by an author who knows first hand about living in a cruel and absurd dictatorshi The lyrical story of a young woman s journey from the totalitarianism of Eastern Europe to the freedom of America, told by an author who knows first hand about living in a cruel and absurd dictatorshipIt s the summer of , and seventeen year old Mona is madly in love Visiting her aunt s village at the foot of the misty Carpathian mountains, all she can think about is the mysterious, handsome Mihai, the woods where they linger, his deep green eyes, and his cool, starched sheetsRomania is in the early Train to PDF or years of the repressive Ceausescu regime One day Mona sees Mihai wearing the black leather jacket favored by the secret police Could he be one of them As food shortages worsen, paranoia grows, and of her loved ones disappear in accidents, Mona realizes she must leave her country She makes a daring escape to America without saying goodbye to Mihai In Chicago, she becomes a doctoral student, marries, has children, and tries to bury her longing for the past until she feels compelled to return home and learn the truth about her one great love.