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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago (1957)

by Boris Pasternak

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Interesting story but way less love story than expected. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Feb 6, 2016 |
  vecchiopoggi | Jan 24, 2016 |
This has some beautiful passages but overall I had a hard time staying interested in the story. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This has some beautiful passages but overall I had a hard time staying interested in the story. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Thought the movie was a snore, but since many LThing members seem to like it, I'll take another look, time permitting.

As to the novel, need to mull it over a bit longer, though glad I read it.

Initial reactions:

*vivid historical re-creation of the impact of the Bolshevik revolution from the perspective of the educated upper middle and upper classes who were understandably biased. I first became aware of the novel in middle school via a book report by a young lady highly sympathetic at the time to the John Birch Society ideologies; this was at the time of the first translation into English. Pasternak's take is more nuanced, but he's clearly not in Putin's corner.

* Some interesting sections on the act of literary creation. The use of description and metaphor is possibly richer and more suggestive than some of the straightforward "philosophy" sections.

*The love life of the doctor is expressed operatically rather than novelistically. Interesting that the first translation was into Italian by an Italian publisher in a country mad for opera.

*With regard to the cultural commentary interludes, they are very earnest. The ruminations on philosophy, religion, politics, and the role of women lack the humor and exuberance of Dostoyevsky, much less Oscar Wilde.

Caution: I don't read Russian. Comments based on the PV translation. ( )
  featherbear | May 11, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pasternak, Borisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guerney, Bernard GuilbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harari, ManyaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hayward, MaxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Konkka, JuhaniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scheepmaker, NicoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On they went, singing "Rest Eternal," and whenever they stopped, their feet, the horses, and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.
The fear known as spymania had reduced all speech to a single formal, predictable patter. The display of good intentions in discourse was not conductive to conversation.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679774386, Paperback)

n celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:44 -0400)

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Yuri Zhivago, doctor and poet, lives and loves during the first three decades of 20th-century Russia.

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