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Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
Author: Boris Pasternak
Set amidst Russia's revolutionary upheaval in the early years of the 20th century, this novel (abridged for this reading) tells of Zhivago, doctor and poet, as he endeavours to come to terms with the momentous changes overtaking society.
ISBN-13: 9780002711562
ISBN-10: 0002711567
Publication Date: 1/5/1988
Pages: 512
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Publisher: Collins Harvill Pr
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Reviewing a classic is always difficult business. Most people are likely familiar with the storyline, if only from the Omar Sharif film. Pasternak tells the story of an elite doctor and his family whose lives are thrown into turmoil by the Russian Revolution. During the revolution Zhivago loses his connections to his family and his wealth. But weaving throughout this undeniably tragic tale is the real focus, Zhivago's blossoming relationship with a young woman, Lara. The two come in and out of contact during the war, due more to the vagaries of circumstance than to careful planning, knowledge, or ability to execute travel plans. What results is a deeply tender and moving relationship formed in the crucible of wartime. Pasternak had a clear political agenda in Zhivago, to show the cruelty and violence of the Bolshevik regime, and to highlight the dangers of a corrupted regime. The suffering and misery of the Russian people are clearly acute, and Pasternak presents a vibrant portrait of life in Russia at war. In many ways this reads like so many Russian classics-- deep moral themes, dense plot structure, and a brilliant recreation of environment. It's difficult to review a work of great literature, but I much enjoyed Zhivago. I got the message, I felt the pathos, and I soaked up the Russian environment. I absorbed every bit of this book that I could.
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"Doctor Zhivago" is a gripping story about life, love, and the tragedy of war. Not an easy read at first, but it is an enduring and powerful one.
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