MY FRIEND YAKUB by Nicholas Kalashnikoff


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Quiet strength and an abiding faith in life's wonderments emerge as Mr. Kalashnikoff writes again of Siberia and the events of his childhood. In The Defender (Scribner, 1951) he wrote eloquently of Turgen, a mountain shepherd who found his faith in God- and now, he turns to his own childhood in the village of Nikolsk to tell of its life- the farming, its fairs, his own going away to boarding school. Above all he writes of Yakub the Tartar from Kazan who came to work for the family as animal tender and general handyman. Yakub proved emotional handyman as well. Unjustly exiled from his own district, Yakub was making his own way in the world but never on account of it lost his faith in humanity. This he conveys to young Kolya who learns more of Yakub's all pervading understanding through each of their adventures.

Publisher: Scribner