“These narratives could easily be mistaken for Science Fiction. Tragedy takes on a new face in this terrifying collection of memoirs. Chernobyl's survivors share stories of loss, sacrifice and alienation.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is one of the best books that I have read in years. These stories are so horrific and heartrending, but at the same time so beautifully told, that it's hard to separate the nightmare from the poetry of the language. ”Lisa Labovitch wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“These narratives could easily be mistaken for Science Fiction. Tragedy takes on a new face in this terrifying collection of memoirs. Chernobyl's survivors share stories of loss, sacrifice and alienation.”Anne of Green Gables wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
On April 26, 1986, there was an explosion and fire at a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The oral stories in this book were collected ten years later, and published in Russian in 1997. They were translated and published in English in 2005. The stories come from people who were in towns/villages closeby, people who were later evacuated, people who moved into the area later, people who came in to clean up, and more.
The most horrifying stories for me were the ones from the people who were close enough to see it. The opening story was from a woman whose husband was a firefighter who went in right away, and that was one of the most engrossing stories. As an animal-lover, I was also horrified at the story from a hunter: the pets were all left behind and they were radioactive, so they had hunters go in to shoot them. If you "like" disaster stories or are just interested in the aftermath of Chernobyl and want to hear about it from people who were there, you'll want to pick up this book. ”
“A very interesting and sad ride through the eyes of the people what were there. ”Brian W wrote this review Saturday, November 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very disturbing read, definitelt for teen+. Raw, real, these chilling accounts portray an unseen world in the wake of the 20th century's most terrifying industrial disasters. Truly the best book written on Chernobyl since its inception.”Theresa V wrote this review Tuesday, February 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“People suffer & need to voice their feelings... This book is a must-read for all..!”Doc Kozzak wrote this review Thursday, January 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating from start to finish, and soul-crushingly tragic. This is a history that no one should be ignorant of.
“Insanely insightful view of how Chernobyl affect the people of nearby Pripyat and Ukraine in general.”James "TorJado" wrote this review Friday, December 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent collection of interviews with the individuals who were on location, their relatives, and others affected when the Chernobyl incident took place.
It brings to light the fact that this incident is actually an ongoing hazmat management project, and not an event that only took place many years ago and has now ended. It hasn't, and not by a long shot.”
“Very powerful insight into lives of people living near Chernobyl during the time of the accident, the workers cleaning up from this diseaster. Great insights into the Soviet Union's mindset towards it's people. This is all in the actual words of the people; some are heart-breaking.”Diane L wrote this review Sunday, July 5, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No