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The Taste of Dreams is both a quest for the romantic Russia of the author’s dreams, and a tale of amazement as she discovers and gets caught up in the new, anarchic Russia emerging from its Soviet constraints. At its heart is the story of caviar—beluga, the rarest type of sturgeon, harvested from the Caspian Sea. It is now an endangered species, and no one knows how to—or The Taste of Dreams is both a quest for the romantic Russia of the author’s dreams, and a tale of amazement as she discovers and gets caught up in the new, anarchic Russia emerging from its Soviet constraints. At its heart is the story of caviar—beluga, the rarest type of sturgeon, harvested from the Caspian Sea. It is now an endangered species, and no one knows how to—or wants to—stop the plunder. Intelligent, funny, and enormously engaging, this is a modern tour through the intricacies of the new Russia. Vanora Bennett writes for The Times of London and is a former Moscow correspondent for Reuters and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Crying Wolf: The Return of War to Chechnya.


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The Taste of Dreams is both a quest for the romantic Russia of the author’s dreams, and a tale of amazement as she discovers and gets caught up in the new, anarchic Russia emerging from its Soviet constraints. At its heart is the story of caviar—beluga, the rarest type of sturgeon, harvested from the Caspian Sea. It is now an endangered species, and no one knows how to—or The Taste of Dreams is both a quest for the romantic Russia of the author’s dreams, and a tale of amazement as she discovers and gets caught up in the new, anarchic Russia emerging from its Soviet constraints. At its heart is the story of caviar—beluga, the rarest type of sturgeon, harvested from the Caspian Sea. It is now an endangered species, and no one knows how to—or wants to—stop the plunder. Intelligent, funny, and enormously engaging, this is a modern tour through the intricacies of the new Russia. Vanora Bennett writes for The Times of London and is a former Moscow correspondent for Reuters and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Crying Wolf: The Return of War to Chechnya.

30 review for The Taste of Dreams: An Obsession with Russia and Caviar

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jane E

    A one word review would be "disappointing". The stories started off well enough with a rollocking ride through the strange place that was post-Soviet Russia immediately after the empire crumbled. Written in a style to gloss over most personal details, it was at first entertaining but eventually too slight to hold interest. I so wanted to like a tale of places visited recently - Moscow, St Petersburg, Dagestan - but found myself irritated by the lack of detail and in the end the story just petere A one word review would be "disappointing". The stories started off well enough with a rollocking ride through the strange place that was post-Soviet Russia immediately after the empire crumbled. Written in a style to gloss over most personal details, it was at first entertaining but eventually too slight to hold interest. I so wanted to like a tale of places visited recently - Moscow, St Petersburg, Dagestan - but found myself irritated by the lack of detail and in the end the story just petered out as though the author was up against a deadline and needed to get it finished. Should have been better. (Purchased secondhand from a charity seller on Amazon)

  2. 4 out of 5

    arkan

    The Taste of Dreams is okay, while not superb. It cannot be strictly read as a historical source, but as a good first-person view over the situation of post-Soviet Russia and the areas near the Caspian Sea. It's informative yet lightly written, it skims on the topic quite nicely without getting too deep on the political situation (when you consider it, you do not think about your country's political situation every minute of your day). In the end, this book ultimately boils down to being a good p The Taste of Dreams is okay, while not superb. It cannot be strictly read as a historical source, but as a good first-person view over the situation of post-Soviet Russia and the areas near the Caspian Sea. It's informative yet lightly written, it skims on the topic quite nicely without getting too deep on the political situation (when you consider it, you do not think about your country's political situation every minute of your day). In the end, this book ultimately boils down to being a good piece of writing, fiction, nonfiction, memoir or otherwise. Bennett speeds up and slows down when she needs to, and it feels okay when she does. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to write a memoir.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Wilson

    Vanora Bennett is a journalist and has worked a lot in Russia. This wonderful book is a travelogue following her obsession with Russia and caviar. Bennett is a generous and gifted writer and this book is a vivid portrayal of a country going through social upheaval. At the same time she outlines the cultural and natural history of caviar and the sturgeon, charting the effects of smuggling and overfishing on the sturgeon's populations in and around the Caspian Sea. Far from being heavy and worthy Vanora Bennett is a journalist and has worked a lot in Russia. This wonderful book is a travelogue following her obsession with Russia and caviar. Bennett is a generous and gifted writer and this book is a vivid portrayal of a country going through social upheaval. At the same time she outlines the cultural and natural history of caviar and the sturgeon, charting the effects of smuggling and overfishing on the sturgeon's populations in and around the Caspian Sea. Far from being heavy and worthy though the book is marvellously alive and often very funny, and as such is a much more effective tool in awakening people's awareness of the issues. Caviar? No thanks!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This book was a light skating over Russian history from the times of earliest Russian expansion into the Caucuses until recent times with the rise of Vladimir Putin. It was read knowing thinking it was more journalism than history like a Robert Kaplan book but sadly it turned out to be more chick-memoir than anything else. Thus there was no harm done in reading it but there was not a whole heck of a lot picked up from it either. Not really recommended to those trying to learn a little more about This book was a light skating over Russian history from the times of earliest Russian expansion into the Caucuses until recent times with the rise of Vladimir Putin. It was read knowing thinking it was more journalism than history like a Robert Kaplan book but sadly it turned out to be more chick-memoir than anything else. Thus there was no harm done in reading it but there was not a whole heck of a lot picked up from it either. Not really recommended to those trying to learn a little more about Russia.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dood Teadrinker

    Picked from a friend's bookshelf and read on holiday in the Wicklow mountains, I loved this book. Read as a genuine adventure, an autobiographical odyssey- it is still one that I remember as un-put-downable. I would reread it if I came across it again! :-) Picked from a friend's bookshelf and read on holiday in the Wicklow mountains, I loved this book. Read as a genuine adventure, an autobiographical odyssey- it is still one that I remember as un-put-downable. I would reread it if I came across it again! :-)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Charming if a little pointless

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

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    Jen

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    Justine

  10. 5 out of 5

    M M

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Grunfeld

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bibliotekar

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jae

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  16. 5 out of 5

    Naranee Ruthra-rajan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joan Farrell

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vanora Bennett

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Wing

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Adamson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

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    Janet

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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    Kathy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raphaela Neihausen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Gameson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becca

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