|I'd never managed to get through an Ayn Rand book (I'd tried the Fountainhead a couple of times and just couldn't stick with it), so I was pleasantly surprised that I found myself enjoying the story of her first novel, which she called, "as close to an autobiography as I will ever write."
Kira, the main character, is trying to survive the conditions brought about by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the Civil War, which ended in 1922-23. Her family has lost all that they owned, and she and her fiance, Leo, are forced to live in one room in what had been his family home. Rand's vivid description of the state of the economy, agriculture, and living conditions brought on by the Communist takeover adds a realism to events I'd only read about before.
And, it's a good, though complicated, love story that I enjoyed reading.
-- Added by EmilyS on 01/26/2014