The Silence of Bluebells
by Сергей Иванов
This is the second book telling about the adventures of a certain Russian bumpkin. I see little point in reviewing the first book, as the adventures depicted by that one have been spotlit in the plasticine cartoon “Падал прошлогодний снег”. I do recommend that, BTW!
It is a wonderful book and a wonderful story, in spite of being a rather simple and naïve one. Just… nice?.. Yup, “Nice” seems to be the word. Or is it “Kind”? Oh well, doesn`t matter… What matters is the story is funny!
Anyway, the fella has read some popular scientific magazine or other telling folks about wonderful bluebells growing on the Moon, and now he wants one all for himself. So he has to get to the Moon. He levels at the Moon, he does!
He tries and tries, and many a bump and bruise he obtains while trying, but he does not stop. At long last, with the help from the Wise Bear and the Charm Pike and a vicious dog, he attains his object. He befriends little Moonpeople and they lead him to the place where a Moon Bluebell grows. But he does not pluck the wonderful flower. He has listened to the silence of the bluebell, you see…
The book written in Russian is well worth both reading and translating. The tale is short, some 40 pages or so, but it is not always volume that matters.