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The Cathedral

by Oles Honchar

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It was just ok. I wanted to like this book, and at times it reminded me of Turgenev. The story was a bit confusing with the narrative changes. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
The cathedral stands at one end of a Ukrainian manufacturing town. Originally built by the Cossacks hundreds of years ago, it has witnessed many historical events, most recently World War II. Now, in the 1960s, the cathedral stands as an empty reminder of the past since the communist government shut down religious worship. At the other end of town stands the steel factory where most of the citizens work under less-than-ideal conditions. The people of the town live their lives under the shadows of these two contrasting buildings: the factory which pollutes the air with microscopic particles of metal and illustrates the pride of the people in their ability to create a legacy forged in steel and the cathedral which enriches the souls of the people and stands as a silent reminder of the legacy and greatness of their past.

I liked this book. It was a bit difficult to read because of the significant cultural differences, but that’s to be expected. I really liked the contrast between the cathedral and the factory, the past and the present. Honchar addresses what it means to be human during a political regime that discourages individuality in favor of the group.
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  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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