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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Readers UK; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405882425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405882422
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The best way to understand Pasternak’s achievement in Doctor Zhivago is to see it in terms of this great Russian literary tradition, as a fairy tale, not so much of good and evil as of opposing forces and needs in human destiny and history that can never be reconciled . . . [Zhivago is] a figure who embodies the principle of life itself, the principle that contradicts every abstraction of revolutionary politics.”—from the Introduction by John Bayley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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BORIS Leonidovich PASTERNAK won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1958 "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition.” — the Nobel Prize committee. Pasternak had to decline the honor because of the protests in his home country. Doctor Zhivago became an international bestseller and was translated into 18 languages but circulated only in secrecy and translation in Russia. In 1987 the Union of Soviet Writers posthumously reinstated Pasternak, a move that gave his works a legitimacy they had lacked in the Soviet Union since his expulsion from the writers' union in 1958 and that finally made possible the publication of Doctor Zhivago in the Soviet Union. Pasternak's son accepted his father's Nobel Prize medal at a ceremony in Stockholm in 1989. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Many passages are crafted with such care that they reach the level of poetry, which should be no surprise given that Pasternak seems to have had aspirations as a poet. (Is it just coincidence that the good doctor does so much of that kind of writing in the novel?) The short passages and lightly threaded vignettes characteristic of the novel are captivating. You get the initial sense that the novel is an underrated Russian classic. Ultimately, however, Pasternak doesn't quite reach the level of mastery of a Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Turgenev, even though it aims for their kind of sweep and scope.
Doctor Zhivago is generally less coherent and cogent than any of the true classics of Russian literature. Many of the vignettes embedded in the book are beautiful, and as passages of near poetry, almost can standalone. Yet, as moving as much of the book is, its heft is insufficient at helping Pasternak push towards any master theme, focus or even plot, so the force is dissipated at the end. It is no accident that the book's conclusion and epilogue seem aimless.
What redeems the novel is the wonderful characters: Zhivago himself, of course, the brilliant doctor, with the dreamy poetic sensibility; the beautiful and bright Lara (who unfortunately ultimately fails as a character, though, because it's unclear what she is meant to be at the end; the contrast with Tonia could have been made better if Tonia had not been left so two-dimensional); the tactician Strelnikov, whose combination of military brilliance and ruthlessness enthralls us; the way he exits the novel at the end is unfortunately also a disappointment).
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The events of the novel revolve around a doctor and poet by the name of Yurii Andreievich Zhivago whom we first meet at a crucial point in his life. From the day of his mother's funeral to the day of his own, we follow Zhivago on his travels throughout Russia. He travels to the warfront, flees to Siberia, and is drafted into the Red Army before making his way back to Moscow. Over the course of these two decades, Zhivago repeatedly encounters a beautiful woman who essence fills his thoughts and heart. He is loyal to his wife Tonia and his little son Sasha, but he cannot help falling in love with the lovely Larisa Feodorovna Antipov, who is also already married to a famous war general. It is these chance encounters that allow the plot to progress and lead to their eventual love affair.
Even with such a complex plot, "Doctor Zhivago" remains a primarily character-based novel, as can be seen from the vast number of names and people we become familiar with throughout the story. Even the minor characters become dear to us, once we have figured out who they actually are and how they are connected to the main story. It is a challenging process to sort through the long list of characters, who may have any number of pseudonyms or nicknames along with their original Russian forenames. It is rewarding to recognize that Pavel Pavlovich, Pasha, Antipov, and Strelnikov are, in fact, the same person. We are also given several glimpses into the views and opinions of minor characters. Each person we meet along the way has a detailed history and a certain point of view to establish. Even if a character is only remotely connected to the main plot, Pasternak educates us on his family history and his role in the revolution.
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This book is truly one of the great novels of our time, in my opinion. The greatness of the novel is not only in the quality of the writing, but also in the surroundings in which it was written, given the subject matter. Incidentally, what would likely be a very interesting read would likely be a book about the writing of this novel, its publishing, and its impact.
The interaction of Pasternak's characters is masterful. His ability to weave the lives of generations of characters reminds me of Michener's. None of what happens in the novel, none of the interaction of the characters, appears to be superfluous-all has meaning. In my opinion, the notion that everything has a purpose is one of the strongest themes of the novel, and is part of what makes the novel so interesting, given that it was written under the iron curtain.
Though this is a work of fiction, it provided me with several important insights into the history of Russia. For instance, Pasternak does an excellent job telling about how the revolution came about, what the means and methods of the revolution were, simply by telling the story of the novel. In the sense that it is historically accurate and representative of the times, the book certainly was educational for me. I certainly recommend it to those who love to read history and look for insights about humanity. I only wish that I could read it in Russian.
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This is by far one of the greatest books of the 20th century if not ever. Having read the book in both Russian and English I can say that it is more difficult to appreciate the language in the book if you are reading the English version. However, the substance of the book still shines through as being one of the most powerful descriptions of the Russian Revolution (and war in general) ever created.
To those of you who read this book looking for a love story, I can only say that I pity you because you missed the true beauty of this book. Finally those who say that Lara and Yuri did not have a real love affair it is because the times that they lived in could not allow a true one to blossom. When people do not have food to eat or there survival is not guaranteed they do not worry about the more abstract principles of love.
So to those of you who want to read a love story stick to the cheep paperbacks because this book is not for you. However, to those of you who want to experience an amazing account of life during the Russian Revolution (or any war for that matter) you will not regret reading this book.
PS. If you can read the Russian language and the poems in back to truly appreciate the genius of Pasternak.
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