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SET IN RUSSIA over 150 years ago this book follows Masha through her 9 years at Smolni an elite girls boarding school years My favourite book of all time if only it could be reprinted

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Masha By Mara Kay

During which the shy protected child grows to be a young woman about to face a challenging future Mara Kay has evoked the sh I still love to read these books even forty years on

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Eltered world of Smolni with authenticity and has provided colourful glimpses of St Petersburg and the greater world outside This was one of my favorite books as a kid I recently remembered it for some random reason and thought it was interesting that it had gone out of print Somehow that made me want to reread it It's actually still uite good It's a boarding school story and I always loved those The history is woven in rather than going off in lecture tangents which is a mixed blessing you don't get dragged out of the story but you don't learn all that much of substance It was really interesting to notice how they'd just finished fighting Napoleon several of the students had lost their fathers in battle and Waterloo occurs partway through the book but everyone still spoke French instead of Russian and hired French tailors and teachers It was realistic than some modern stories in that you basically just get their day to day routines with no adventures and with plenty of petty suabbling I don't think you could sell that now The abrupt left field ending could have used explanation Time to order the seuel which I also read repeatedly


10 thoughts on “Masha By Mara Kay

  1. says:

    My favourite book of all time if only it could be reprinted


  2. says:

    After her father dies at Borodino fighting Napoleon in 1812 Masha an unsophisticated and shy child becomes eligible to attend a boarding school for young ladies in St Petersburg called Smolni Institute It's nine years of boarding school with any holidays They are educated for a role in society but also receive a proper education The school becomes Masha's home and her family and this book follows her through heartbreak and triumph to adolescence graduation and a new lifeA wonderful evocation of Imperial Russia with an almost impossible to find seuel The Youngest Lady in Waiting


  3. says:

    Childhood favorite I just wish it would come back into print


  4. says:

    I still love to read these books even forty years on


  5. says:

    My favourite book as a child I read it over and over again fantastic


  6. says:

    This and the seuel 'The Youngest Ladt in Waiting' are my favourite books and I'm so excited that they are both to be republished in Octobercan not wait


  7. says:

    Really enjoyed this peek into the world of St Petersburg Russia circa 1814 1820 The concerns of the people The men lost in the war of 1812 often leaving estates that become impoverished since they are gone The adoration of the royal family The not speaking of the native language Russian by the wealthy as if its the poorest of English cockney How specifically a wealthy girls school operated what the students and teachers were like how the students treated each other their concerns and activities etc Must confess part of this interest comes from having recently written a biography of Mary Atkins an early owner of the school that became Mills College in California Though Mary Atkins' school was in Northern California in the 1850's 1860's the similarities and differences are informative and interesting The author writes about this time so comfortably that reading the book though it is filled with so much that is new because the place and era as used in a novel were relatively new to me I felt like an insider rather than a newcomer Masha's reaction to the death of her mother Understandable The two were extremely close and the whole having to leave at the age of nine for nine years would have been a traumatic rupture triggering the clinging to memories of all Masha left behind Yet when mom dies Masha has not seen her mother for eight years and these were the years when she grew from child to older teen making memories distant Also this is an era where people of all ages die much freuently than they do now While Masha is at the school for example five students die during a scarlet fever epidemic And of course there is no phoning or even the sending of photos Masha is so overwhelmed with grief that she is unconscious for 10 days then lingers in the hospital for days finally returning to her studies only to stop making an effort and letting her grades slide This raises food for thought for me about how are mental creations of people can become real than their actual physical bodiespresence A reason perhaps that purely Internet relationships sometimes creating the image of a person that does not actually exist in the real world can be so strong Perhaps the most special thing about the book is that it is a sort of Cinderella story yet it is not a handsome prince that saves the day or marriage and motherhood that is the goal The prize Masha receives is a career path and it is admired and envied back in the 1820's


  8. says:

    This was one of my favorite books as a kid I recently remembered it for some random reason and thought it was interesting that it had gone out of print Somehow that made me want to reread it It's actually still uite good It's a boarding school story and I always loved those The history is woven in rather than going off in lecture tangents which is a mixed blessing you don't get dragged out of the story but you don't learn all that much of substance It was really interesting to notice how they'd just finished fighting Napoleon several of the students had lost their fathers in battle and Waterloo occurs partway through the book but everyone still spoke French instead of Russian and hired French tailors and teachers It was realistic than some modern stories in that you basically just get their day to day routines with no adventures and with plenty of petty suabbling I don't think you could sell that now The abrupt left field ending could have used explanation Time to order the seuel which I also read repeatedly


  9. says:

    I remember borrowing this book in a hardcover edition with the girls in their brown uniforms from the library when I was a child I have no idea how old I was but we were living in Melbourne at the time so it was most likely the summer I was 11When I discovered it had been reprinted I was uick to put my name on this list for copies of this one its seuel and another book by the same author all of which I borrowed from the same library that same summerWhen my copy came I immediately abandoned my others reads to reread it And I was surprised at just how much I loved it all over again I thought I'd enjoy it but I didn't manage I'd be giving it a 1010 over 30 years later It's a book that has stood the test of time well and I'm so delighted I not only got the chance to read it again but to have my own copy at lastI would have happily gone on the read the seuel immediately but I have some other reading I'm trying to do first before indulging myself by spending time in Masha's world again


  10. says:

    I loved this book as a child It stayed with me and I'm so glad it is to be reprinted I remember her being given a glass ring and putting it on a branch of her favourite tree Years later she goes back and the metal has long since eroded away but the glass is still there buried in the bark


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