Book Reviews of Dr. Zhivago

Dr. Zhivago
ISBN-13: 9780345341006
ISBN-10: 0345341007
Publication Date: 10/12/1986
Pages: 563
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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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1958 Signet PB w/Wrap has Movie Tie-in:pre-ISBN: Wraps worn, rubs and creased at corners. Copy tight/solid & Square w/natural page tanning.
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The story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. A classic.
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I just read a review on Amazon that this particular version (an Amazon release?) it NOT complete. It says it is missing the poetry and that the formatting is very poor. DO read Dr. Zhivago, definitely DO, just not this one.
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This was a great read. I was expecting it to be like something I was forced to read in high school but it really wasn't. This is a good translation. Would definitely recommend.
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The story of Zhivago's tender love for Lara: one of the great novels of the 20th century. A love story for all time set in Russia during their revolutionary times.
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I really wanted to read this but I couldn't pronounce the names and there were so many people I had no idea what was going on.