Forty Rooms; Olga Grushin
Blackstone Audio - 2016
Although Forty Rooms was a different kind of novel and although Christa Lewis' narration was excellent, I was unable to finish this one. It just wasn't for me.
The story begins in Soviet Russia with an unnamed narrator at the age of four. The young girl is bright, imaginative, and dreams of being a poet. Each of the chapters centers on a different "room" which represents a memorable life experience for the narrator who as an adult is referred to as only Mrs Caldwell. The chapters have a dream like quality and for me, there seemed to be little connection. As the narrator matures, I started to find the protagonist unlikable. Although the audio version had a pleasant tone, I had to jump abandon this one around the halfway mark.