A Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow that wasn‘t pleasant at all

At first, after finishig reading Alexander Radishchev‘s book „Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow“ I wasn‘t even thinking about writing a post about it. I didn‘t like it. It was such a torture to read it, there was nothing pleasant or fun about it. I‘m not saying that this book is bad and awful i general, I just say it was like that to me. But then, after some time, I decided to write a post on it, yet I thought it‘ll be very very short. Now I don‘t know anything and I‘m not sure about anything so I‘ll just write and see what will it be.

The book is obviously about a journey which is divided into pieces related by title of different cities on the way to Moscow. The author touches lots of different aspects of Russian life of those days. Sure, all those things mentioned are interesting and important in general, however, reading about them was not that interesting, because it was difficult to read. For me, it was written in a difficult way.

The main character states about how peasants are treated. And he also feels bad about himself because he also has them. So, he brings up this question of injustice up which is weird having in mind  historical period when the book was published. And bringing these questions up wouldn‘t make the rulers of the country happy. Like, who like to spread information like this: peasants couldn‘t afford themselves bread even though they were the ones who produced it. At this point Radishchev was way ahead his time for being so brave and writing about stuff no one else did.

Throughout his way, a main character meets a lot of different people who represent different proffesions. He learns about lots of different things, lots about serious problems from them which helps him to build this some kind of understanding of what is goint on in the country. Because what YOU think about the situation in the country may be completely different from how OTHERS see it. And it is be so because of the different social statuses, financial statuses, education… You know how it is said that a wealthy won‘t be able to understand a poor guy. It‘s true, unless he becomes one.

So, mainly it‘s not only a travel through cities, but through different life stories of people that he meets on his way, through problems, injustice that is faced not only by peasants (who for example, can be selled one by one, splitting families), but even by people who are representatives of cultural professions, like poets who are worried about the fact that poetry in Russia isn‘t developing because everyone speaks French instead of Russian.

There are also touched questions like censorship, marriage equality, democracy. I mean all these issues are really interesting, especially if you look at them from the perspective of this time and you see what it was back then. But once again, reading it was very difficult and, honestly quite boring.

So there we have, a very short post on a book that basically says nothing. Not proud of it, but it is what it is. Sometimes it‘s really hard to force yourself to do something you just can‘t do. And it was exactly what I couldn‘t do – write an informative and interesting post.


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