The author concentrates on two distinguished families, the Golitsyns and the Sheremetevs, to show how the Russian Revolution unraveled the lives of the formerly entitled class. Although the Revolution had as its slogan, "Peace, Land, Bread," the operative word seemed to be "REVENGE" in upper case letters as the lower classes pursued endless vendettas against those who once had everything. The people in charge of the revolutionary activities seemed more interested in bathing in the blood of those they didn't like than in actually restructuring the country into an equitable and stable society.
Many of the people in the narrative have similar names, and the narrative itself forms an almost endless recitation of suffering.
Not a beach book for the upcoming summer.Only those with a deep interest in the subject should approach this book; others can safely leave it alone.