Reviews of 'The Madness of Moscow - One man's journey of life and love in Russia'
'I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's a revealing insight into life in Russia and a fascinating tale of his experiences'
Fred Dinenage - Official biographer to the best-selling Kray twins book 'Our Story'
'A humorous, dangerous, and heartfelt journey - a truly great read'
Colette Cooney - Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism MA at City University, London
'Great read. A refreshingly thoughtful, often funny and original take on Russian life based on one person's real experiences and not some re-hashed cliches. Very well written and entertaining - Amazon review
I love the cover, it's very attractive. The Madness of Moscow is a cheeky, amusing, and enlightening look at a British journalist's sojourn into living for a while in Moscow. Johnston never reveals any dates for the time period he resided in Russia. He entertains readers with the foibles of Russian life and dating Russian women. The two hilarious, albeit rather gross, stories involve he Russian "plumbers", and the aftermath of the author's hernia surgery. Do not say must to reading this entertaining tale.
by Janilyn Kocher (via NetGalley)
Very interesting account of life and love and many other experiences while travelling and living in Russia.
by A D (via NetGalley)
Amazing book!!!! Thanks netgalley for the advanced copy :-) I could not put this book down from the first page to the last.
by Tara Jill
The author, a 40-something British journalist, takes a job in Moscow with Russia Today TV. That alone sounded interesting, but throw in his interest in the whole "Russian bride" phenomena, and it really appealed to me!
Johnston discovers that life can be strange as a black man in Russia. He finds racism, as well as "a strata of young Russian adult males who were deeply nationalist, bordering on fascist'. He also found growing tensions between the nationalists and young migrant workers from Central Asia and the Caucuses. I found his observation that "in times of economic crisis, it's the migrants who get the blame for everything when things go wrong, especially when it comes to unemployment", to be spot on for those of us in the United States also. (Dare I say that our current president has taken this Russian tactic and applied it to his own political strategy? But, there was no collusion, of course!).
The author writes about how the Russians feel about "the West". He found that Russians are concerned "about saving face. They do not, above anything else, want to appear weak-from an apartment landlord, right up to the President. Weakness is not an option, and haggling is seen as a sign of weakness". He describes talks with Russians about how they felt about Boris Yeltsin, and how, "when he was in charge, there was complete chaos in the streets", "there were gangs, shootings, mafia, and complete lawlessness and fear on the ground". He describes, despite all his faults, "Putin's rise to power brought the one thing which Russians revere above all else-stability". One young lady explains that she craves "all the good things from the West as well, it's just that the spectre of instability haunts the Russian psyche like nothing else".
Part of the book I really enjoyed was reading about the author's experiences with dating in Russia. Some of them were hilarious! I liked his observation that "any preconceived cliches I had garnered over the years about Russian women, were turning out to be basically true - many did seem pretty much hooked on the idea of getting married to Western guys, and real quick. This was strangely disappointing, but the truth is the truth, and there you have it".
The ending of the book explains how the author see the Russians. It's a very thoughtful section, and the author wraps it up very well. I won't give the ending away, but I will say it's worth your time to read it.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and learned a great deal from it. Give it a try!
by Randal White (via NetGalley)
This story takes us into a part that we don't hear much about. A search for a bride and work sends Brit Cary Johnston to Russia. We learn about the feelings of the Russians of the West. Love, loss, humor and life lessons.
by Anne Fay
Cary Johnston is an award-winning British journalist and TV presenter. He was born and raised in London and has Jamaican heritage. Cary first made his mark as a reporter at The Voice newspaper and the ITV News channel, before moving on to spend ten years with the BBC in London, and subsequently anchoring the morning show for the international Russia Today TV news network in Moscow - it was there that he began to write his first book "The Madness of Moscow" revealing his adventures in modern-day Russia.
He was the winner of the first Royal Television Society's Young Journalist of the Year award, dedicated to the memory of John Schofield, a BBC journalist who was killed whilst covering a story during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Cary was also a finalist in the Russian TEFI journalism awards, presented by the Russian Academy of Television, for his part in the coverage of the Moscow Metro bombings of 2010, for the RT channel.
Outside of journalism, Cary has many interests. He dances salsa, enjoys chess, has a passion for cooking, and loves to travel. He currently lives in the UK, though still regularly visits Spain, a country and culture he has a great fondness for, and which is a little bit warmer than Moscow.