When the Revolution broke out in , Sergei Golitsyn was just eight years old His memoir of the Revolution and the years that followed constitute one of the most powerful testimonies of the events of the time I loved loved loved this book and recommend it wholeheartedly It is interesting, and illuminating about so many aspects, and just pleasant to read and his family belonged to the circle of people repressed by whole families mostly just due to their origin, i.e belonging to nobilities, and partly because of their education, intelligence, religious and social believes, and so on In the most fortunate cases, they were just extruded from participation in any significant life of the country and consigned to miserable existence without a place to live, jobs for adults education for their children, and often even without food they were not subject even to the food card system and were left to their own devices They were Naturally, that a great part of them were also arrested, killed, sent to prisons and labor camps, or , leaving no traces behind knew so many incredibly interesting, intelligent, and talented people, and it s very depressing to read all those things about them Reading this book, I, although quite familiar with the scopes and monstrosity of the Stalin s repression machine, anyway felt awestruck at every other page so many people so many lives so much grief and outrage how could that ever be how It is also quite illuminative to follow the story of himself He, who was eight 8 years old in 1917, a mere innocent child, was forced to live in misery, because he was prince by blood He could not receive any decent education He could not find a steady and perspective job He had no rights at all, and when he tried to convince people that he was a very regular and absolutely loyal Soviet citizen and wanted just to live and work and be useful to society, everyone just wondered why are you not yet in prison anyway ,.Life was relatively kind to him, though, and he somehow managed to live and work The most quirky thing was that he was allowed to work only in some great engineering projects, which were especially important in the years of the first , so the social faultlessness was not very crucial for government in those years to a certain extent, of course , because people were in big need on these projects Because of this, in his own eyes saw all those incredible armies of prisoners of labor camps and which were so brilliantly and in many details described by , who lumbered wood in taiga for the country and built famous great canals and hydroelectric plants, and so on He worked directly with them or side by side to them, like many others who participated in these projects And it looks like at least half of the country knew perfectly what was going on, and just adjusted to live and work side by side with all this I think that this is the first time when I have read such point of view, and its really impressive.The memoirs look a little chaotic, but I do recommend them a lot Theyou read, theyou want to read from this author I was very upset when I finished the book and realized that this was supposed to be part one, but there will be no part two of them The memoirs cover early Soviet years and stop at the pre war period, and the author, who participated in the war and had a lot of interesting expirience after the war, was going to write the second part of the memoirs, but he died soon in 1989 , and that s it for us He even did not see his memoirs published, although it was already and the book was agreed and prepared for publication I would like to readabout his life and expiriences he was a very simple and appealing for me person, and I appreciate a lot his observations I think that they are quite unique and precious I read and copied quotes after quotes and now I do not know what to do with all those quotes they are so fascinating, but it is impossible to share them all in this post.First of all, a lot of shocking stuff about moral and ethics in the young state of a higher justice and freedom, ,,,, ,,, ,, ,, , , 1940 , , ,And so onI was very impressed by humility and diligence of all those nobilities, their eagerness to learn, to work, and to be useful for their family and for the country in the whole The USSR considered them princes and princesses , lazy waste of human material and deprived them of their rights to receive education and to work, but they tried as hard as possible And they sometimes were amazing in their love to labor any labor which makes you useful and busy The whole story of is very impressive and, I suppose, quite speaking in the context of those times and practices.It was especially curious to read about the story of the family of , wife ofShe was from a typical family of , who were very happy that they lived in the best country of the world, you know, all this stuff ,Of course, they were outraged and disturbed with s marriage to princeHowever, later, when some relatives from this family and their friends were arrested or without any relation to , they started to understand somethingBut it was very warm to read about the attitude of herself She was a simple, but brave and devoted woman, I liked her a lot, and I understand why , who did not love her as the love of his life, you know, lived so many years with her and was greatful for this family , I loved how he read to her at evenings, trying to educate her , and how they both were fond of those evening readings Plus a lot of very interesting little details from historical point of view Some I read with fascination For example ,,, 1914 ,, , , ,,,, , , , ,Cool stuff, isn t it