Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Large Print - 2000
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First published in Italy in 1957 amidst international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Here is a masterful chronicle of its outbreak and the consequences: army revolts, irrational killings, starvation, epidemics, Communist Party inquisitions. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. This edition (the only paperback edition now available) includes an introduction by the distinguished Oxford University scholar John Bayley. It reacquaints a new generation of readers with the controversy surrounding the original publication of Doctor Zhivago and places the book in the context of Soviet literary history and the fall of the Soviet Union. Book jacket.
Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Publishing, Inc., 2000
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781568959306
1568959303
Branch Call Number: FIC PASTERN
Characteristics: xxviii, 823 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 03, 2014

People who like Russian novels are accustomed to a certain sprawl and heft and Boris Pasternak, who won the Nobel Prize, is certainly following in the footsteps of titans like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Like Tolstoy in "War and Peace," he sets a smaller story against a tapestry of historical events, in this case the Russian Revolutions and the two World Wars. The story never really came alive for me and, in a rare instance, I actually found the movie more compelling. A few fun facts: this was too controversial to be published in his native Russia and first appeared in Italy. The CIA, hoping to embarrass the Soviets, helped publish the novel in Europe. Vladimir Nabokov called it "a sorrry thing, clumsy, trite and melodramatic, with stock situations, voluptuous lawyers, unbelievable girls, romantic robbers and trite coincidences."

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stewstealth
May 01, 2014

A more modern Russian epic novel. This version seems to be well translated. The setting of this book is the Russian Revolution and the subsequent Bolshevik revolution and civil war. This book is worth reading if you have any interest in it but would probably be a tough grind if you did not.

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GummiGirl
Aug 26, 2013

Essential reading for anyone interested in Soviet literary history. Although hard to follow at times (even if you're familiar with Russian names), it's an engrossing story too.

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