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Book Review: Pelagia & The White Bulldog

Published a new book review on Compendium: Boris Akunin’s Pelagia & The White Bulldog

Boris Akunin’s Pelagia & The White Bulldog

At first it may seem that this will be a hard book to get through in terms of readability. This is not the case. The narrative voice in this book by Boris Akunin effortlessly moves the reader along. There is just enough description to familiarise the reader with the setting of rural 19th century Russia. Andrew Bromfield has done a great job of translating it from the original Russian.

The book is the first in a series of crime fiction novels by Akunin. Pelagia is a clumsy but intelligent nun in a rural town in Russia who has a gift for solving mysteries. Her partner in this venture is none other than the Archbishop of the region who inadvertently gets the credit and reputation for the crimes and mysteries solved by Pelagia, thereby having more people petition him constantly to help them. Though the Archbishop tries his best to give the nun the credit, the social attitudes of the time conspire against him and Pelagia herself is rather content for others to not know about her adventures.

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– Marisa Wikramanayake

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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