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Subject: Has anyone read Dr. Zhivago?
Date Posted: 12/30/2011 11:32 PM ET
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Thinking about adding Doc Zhivy to my reading list. 

Have you read it? What'd you think?

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 8:27 PM ET
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Da, Comrade Tome---I read it, years ago.   It helped me understand the film when I subsequently went to see it.   I found no fault with the novel----and I find it interesting to see how different literary traditions treat the NOVEL format.  Another example of what I mean is the work of the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, who was awarded the Nobel a couple-three years ago.  I first read his My Name Is Red, a novel set several centuries ago in Persia, and subsequently, his novel set in modern Turkey, Snow.  I posted comments about both of them, which you can dig out using the search feature that PBS provides.  I think it's kinda fun, when a good film version of a novel exists, to watch the film after reading the book.  I can still clearly recall bits of Dr. Zhivago, the book and the film.

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Date Posted: 1/20/2012 9:47 AM ET
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Read it long time ago, after seeing the movie.  Loved the movie and was very impressed by the book, which of course is much more detailed.  Have recommended it to others over the years and may re-read sometime (so many books to read . . . .) Yes, go for it you won't regret it.

Cheers, Margaret

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 2:16 PM ET
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I tried reading it long ago (after seeing the movie), but I couldn't keep the names straight. I think I could handle it better now (at least, I hope so).


Date Posted: 1/22/2012 5:47 PM ET
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Tome, read it years and years ago and I seem to remember liking it very much.  But, I've always been keenly interested in Russia. 

Subject: Dr Zhivago
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 7:13 PM ET
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I saw the movie many years ago when it first came out' never forgot it.  I agree with you Obessed R.  I tried to read the book years ago just couldn't get into it.

Thinking about it trying to read it again.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 6:42 PM ET
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I read it in college. It's not a huge love story, but it is a very good novel.

I'd like to re-read it.