Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar Michel Strogoff is a novel written by Jules Verne in1876. I listened to it as a librivox recording
Michael was a courier for Czar Alexander II, who is sent from Moscow to the besieged city of Irkutsk, where the governor, brother of the Czar, has taken his last stand against a Tartar rebellion led by the fearsome Feofar-Khan. When telegraph lines are cut between the Russian Far East and the mainland, Strogoff must make his way through hostile territory to warn the governor of the return of the traitor Ivan Ogareff, a disgraced former officer who seeks vengeance against the Tsar’s family by the destruction of Irkutsk
Sadly things go wrong for Michael and he suffers terribly. Jules goes into great detail describing the journey across the country and the cruelty poured out by the Tartar rebellion. It made very interesting listening as an account of live in at the time. Made even the more so as we listened to it travelling up and down the motorway, and able to compare the two different modes of transport.
An enjoyable book that is readily recommended. The web claims that critics consider this one of Jules' finest books.
An enjoyable read as book 36 week 25 fiction 34 (10 on audio) non fiction 2
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