The Gentleman From Finland

The Gentleman From Finland

Adventures on the Trans-Siberian Express

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Two days aboard what he believes is the Trans-Siberian Express, the author of this humorous memoir discovers he’s on the wrong train. It is 1987, and he is traveling in the Soviet Union, holding a train ticket that mistakenly identifies him as a Finn. In fact, he is a short, dark-skinned Mexican-American-Russian-Jew, who speaks only enough Russian to proclaim to anyone who will listen that he is Bob, the tourist from America.

Book News
Here's a good travellers' tale of train riding in the USSR in 1987. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Rivendell Pub Nw
Two days aboard what he believes is the Trans-Siberian Express, the author discovers he’s on the wrong train. It is 1987, and he is traveling in the Soviet Union, holding a train ticket that mistakenly identifies him as a Finn. In fact, he is a short, dark-skinned Mexican-American-Russian-Jew, who speaks only enough Russian to proclaim that he is Bob, the tourist from America. As the trip unfolds, what begins as the fulfillment of a childhood dream becomes a journey with a cast of characters worthy of a Russian novel. A grim old woman takes his only pair of shoes. Smugglers stash contraband booze under his bunk, then ply him with alcohol and delicacies. A beautiful Russian woman rescues the author from disaster in one city, only to mysteriously reappear in another, fueling his growing paranoia that she is a KGB agent. Throughout the story, Goldstein interjects historical anecdotes, as well as his own family’s past in czarist Russia. The Gentleman from Finland is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant story of the misadventures of a traveler who discovers that a journey on the world’s longest rail line is much more than just a big train ride.

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Rivendell Pub. Northwest, c2005
ISBN: 0976328801
Branch Call Number: 915.70485 GOL
Characteristics: vii, 230, [2] p. : map ; 22 cm

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