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Odessa Dreams

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It’s been  while since I’ve mentioned a book on here.  My book collection is vast with many titles based around Ukraine, Russia and the Former Soviet Union.

My latest read was a kindle purchase called ‘Odessa Dreams: The Dark Heart of Ukraine’s Online Marriage Industry‘ by Shaun Walker.  This was a subject which I began to document when I started visiting Ukraine many years ago with my ‘Destination Unknown’ project.  The tall leggy beauties parading around the streets of Ukraine have attracted men far and wide in the search for love and marriage.  And as you can imagine, with around 3.5 million women more than men, the country still remains at the centre of the marriage industry today.

In Shaun’s book he writes about his experience travelling on an organised excursion arranged for Westerners to find the girl of their dreams.  However, as is often the case with many things in Ukraine, nothing is quite what it seems and Shaun does a good job of revealing this in his book.

Although there may be a few exceptions to the rule, Shaun hits the nail on the head when he states ‘It is my humble opinion that lonely men come to this country to quell their own loneliness and use younger women who are in financial misfortune to their own benefits.   And young women use these men’s generosity to improve their own lives’.

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Written by Dean O'Brien

May 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

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  1. Interesting post! I’ve been thinking about checking this book out.

    crazyaboutukraine

    May 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    • Thank you! Yes it’s not a bad read and fairly cheap. I love reading about other peoples views on Ukraine.

      Dean O'Brien

      May 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm


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