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America on Six Rubles a Day based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I really enjoyed this one. From page 1, 'America' is pleasing and easy to read, with a clean, simple narrative to deliver the endless succession of the author's lovably goofy brand of humor. The puns and one-liners come one after another, admirably so, and consistently brim with an airy good-heartedness that is rarely seen in modern comedy (though, some unsettling home-truths reside beneath the playful treatment given to Russian living conditions). The text does eventually wax repetitive, but not so much to keep me from laughing, as it were. Ultimately, 'America' worked for me, and left me smiling. One other thing I liked: the book presents something of a sociological study. Beneath the wit and play, there are some genuinely valuable observations and cultural commentaries, which I was surprised to find myself reflecting on and learning from. Not quite what you'd expect from such a slapstick piece, but there all the same, and worth paying attention to, I think. My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work. * * * A quoted joke from the introduction (if you don't like it, you probably won't enjoy the rest of the book): "If this book of my experiences and observations makes just one person's adjustment to life in this country easier, or enables just one American to see his land through the eyes of an immigrant, then I'm going to have an awful lot of these books left over in my closet." :-)