Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
This is an interesting one, based on the exploits of a Russian girl. She grows up with no father figure and her mother appears to be a prostitute so you automatically wonder how screwed up Lizka is going to be when she reaches womanhood. It follows her relationships from various men. None of them seem to have anything in common so it's not like she bounces from variations of the same man. There's a poet, war veteran and politician and that's the tip of the iceberg.
It's supposed to represent how Russia's society has changed in the 'last 35 years' but I personally got confused as to what era in history the book is taking place in. It doesn't really matter though, it's more about the people.
It would be really tempting to automatically hate Lizka and call her common and a get-around, as is the typical reaction from women when looking at other women and their sexual activities but she's surprisingly likeable. I guess her innocence/ignorance (choose which one you like) is the reason for this. She's just trying to get by in the world and find a man to stand by her. Because she's never had a strong male authorative figure in her life, it's no wonder she keeps choosing the wrong men.
I was prepared to not like this book but give it a chance. It will grow on you as you work your way through it. 4/5
File under: Kelligrafie, book review, Lizka And Her Men, Alexander Ikonnikov