First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead... show more
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak's original—his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone—in this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.
Publish date: October 4th 2011
Pages no: 675
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 20th Century
, Russian Literature
Dull. Good basic plotline. Convoluted. Atmospheric. Drags out. Too wordy. Beautiful phrases placed like pearls in the middle of long, boring paragraphs. I can't say that I found any of the characters all that likeable either. Last third or quarter of the book was good, but I am so glad to be done wi...
Boris Pasternak essentially won the Nobel prize for this book. The book was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and it is quite critical of the Revolution and is an anti-Marxist book. I admire and in certain respects share Pasternak's ideology (apart from the Christianity). He is in many ways a hero...
One of the great books, I think. I'm not sure how I'd feel about it without having seen the movie, which is not only a wonderful movie but a good mental crutch for reading the book. As with most Russian novels, a notebook to write down characters as they come along is a must—every one has 3 names ...
A literary masterpiece—formerly unappreciated by me. Yes, it rambles a bit, and the ending seems somewhat contrived (although less so than the otherwise remarkable 1965 film). But the language is gorgeous, the plot mostly compelling, and the portrayal of late imperial and Soviet Russia magnificently...
"The calamity of mediocre taste is worse than the calamity of tastelessness."(p. 568)I don't think I can really judge this book properly: it's a big, slow, quiet book, and I wasn't in the right place for that. I read it during a time when my life was moving very quickly. (And I didn't have as much t...
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