Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared by Christopher Robbins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a person who lived and travelled around Kazakhstan for a year, I found this book highly familiar, educating and hillarious. Robbins has a great talent of going from small but significant details he had observed to the broad perspective on the history, economics and societal development of the country. I particulalrly enjoyed biographical accounts of people related to Kazakhstan, such as Trotsky, Solzhenitsyn, Nazarbayev, even Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Robbins manages to bring out controversies related to both all these individuals as well as the country as a whole.