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...