- By Boris Pasternak Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky

Doctor Zhivago

  • Title: Doctor Zhivago
  • Author: Boris Pasternak Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky
  • ISBN: 9780307390950
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Doctor Zhivago First published in Italy in amid international controversy Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution Taking his family fr

    First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution 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 backFirst published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution 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, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak s original his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone in this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.

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    1. When I read this in my early twenties it went straight into my top ten favourite novels. All the ravishing set pieces of snow, the high adventure of the long train journeys through spectacular landscapes and Yuri and Lara as the romantically bound orphans of the storm was irresistible to my romantic young imagination. On top of that, as you’d expect from a poet, the novel is alive with memorable piercing images. This was my third time of reading it. I still loved it but it would no longer make [...]

    2. كيف تعز الثورات قومو تذل اخرينهذا اكثر ما أسرني في دكتور زيفاجوأشهر وأهم الروايات المهربة عبر القرن 20ميلودراما تاريخية رومانسيةسياسية نقديةابطالها خمسة يظل الحب سادسهملستة وعشرين عام حافلة باحداث دموية متلاحقة. .فارقةزيفاجو من الكلاسيكيات الحتميةاى لابد ان تقراها في مرح [...]

    3. There was no way I could ever escape reading Doctor Zhivago. After all, I'm a proud daughter of a literature teacher; this book earned the Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak; and it has been staring at me from the top of my to-read pile for years with quiet accusation.And so, reader, I finally read it.Doctor Zhivago is an interesting novel. It is very character-centered but is absolutely *not* character-driven. It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent, violent and uncertain but [...]

    4. There is one edition of Doctor Zhivago whose cover boasts that it is 'one of the greatest love stories ever told'. In fact, that one tagline is what almost put me off reading this epic novel from Russian master-poet Boris Pasternak. This is a hefty book. I didn't want to dedicate all my time to a soppy love story. Thankfully, calling Doctor Zhivago a 'love story' is like saying Crime and Punishment is about the perils of being a pawnbroker.Doctor Zhivago is a vast novel. Like most great Russian [...]

    5. It snowed, it snowed over all the worldFrom end to end.A candle burned on the table,A candle burned. I have spent three hours just writing down my bookmarks in the text, and in the end I realised that all I needed was this little stanza from one of the Zhivago’s poems included at the end of the novel. We need art to illuminate a bleak existence, to comfort us in the cold, lonely hours when sleep refuses to come and the abyss is gazing back at us. Pasternak was such a bright candle in my life, [...]

    6. This is going to be a difficult review to write as I have developed a real love-hate relationship with this book. It is an epic story about a man, who is supposed to be this tragic hero separated from the women he loved by the cruel times of revolution and civil war. If you ask me, he was just a (fill in with your favourite word for describing a man with commitment and fidelity issues). I guess we can interpret the whole storyline as a metaphor of that period of Russian history, in which case it [...]

    7. You'd think, having Julie Christie as a mistress and Geraldine Chaplin as a wife, that you couldn't do much better than that in life. Alas, you can, because if it's that good and it's all taken away and your net time with each amounts to squatski (Russian for "squat"), in the scheme of your life, maybe life's a bitch after all.Dr. Zhivago brings us another Russian opus dealing with man as pawn against the great playing board of history. You can see why the Soviets banned the book, too, as its vi [...]

    8. The 1965 David Lean film with the same title is one of my all time favorite movies and so it was an inevitability that I would one day, finally, read Boris Pasternak’s novel masterpiece. Like James Dickey and Robert Penn Warren, this novel written by a poet leaves the reader with an idea of lyric quality. Nowhere is his identification as a poet more realized than at the end, as the books finishes with a section of poetry, though there are passages throughout the book that blend seamlessly into [...]

    9. A Russian song is like water in a mill pond. It seems stopped and unmoving. But in its depths it constantly flowsBy all possible means, by repetitions, by parallelisms, it holds back the course of the graudally developing contentRestraining itself, mastering itself, an anguished force is a mad attempt to stop time with words.Here, Pasternak's character was describing a song, but I do believe Pasternak was defining his novel. Or maybe I just want to believe it, for this book is indeed a Russian s [...]

    10. ”The forest does not change its place, we cannot lie in wait for it and catch it in the act of change. Whenever we look at it, it seems to be motionless. And such also is the immobility to our eyes of the eternally growing, ceaselessly changing history, the life of society moving invisibly in its incessant transformations."Doctor Zhivago is about nothing, if not about change, transformation, upheaval and survival. Set against the background of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Doctor Z [...]

    11. دعوني أطلعكم على سرّ صغيرٍ يا أصدقاء، لقد أصبحت مؤخرًا قارئًا مزاجيًّا ونزقًا، أقرأ ما يعجبني فقط، وإذا لم يرُق لي عملٌ ما توقفت عن قراءته فورًا، حتى لو كان العمل من الرّوائع المتفق عليها بإجماع قرّاء الأمة أمة الكتب بطبيعة الحالكانت هذه الرواية، في بدايتها، مرشّحة بقوة لأ [...]

    12. Αριστούργημα!!!Αριστούργημα από πολλές απόψεις. Το έργο αυτό έχει δύο όψεις, την ερωτική ιστορία, αλλά κυρίως την ιστορία και την πολιτική κατάσταση, με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο γραμμένα. Πολύ ισχυρή προσωπικότητα και ο ίδιος ο Pasternak.Μια πολύ ωραία ιστορία, με τους έρωτες, με τα δ [...]

    13. Tightly closing eyelids.Heights; and cloudy spheres.Rivers. Waters. Boulders.Centuries and years.[From "Fairy Tale" in Doctor Zhivago, poem quoted in full below]This sweeping romantic epic is set in Russia mostly during and after the 1917 (October) Revolution. The young physician/poet Yurii Zhivago works as an army doctor and is wounded during WWI. He meets Lara Antipova, who nurses him to health, and falls hopelessly in love. Lara will be his great love and mistress through the tumult and uphea [...]

    14. 486. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternakدکتر ژیواگو - بوریس پاسترناک (ساحل) ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین تماشای فیلم و سپس خوانش کتاب: ماه دسامبر سال 1969 میلادی؛ عنوان: دکتر ژیواگو؛ نویسنده: بوریس پاسترناکنام کتاب برگرفته از شخصیت نخست کتاب –یک دکتر شاعر– است. درونمایه داستان زندگی مردی ست که عاشق [...]

    15. I have researched Russian history, especially the Russian Revolution. Russia deserved a revolution. The serfs were mistreated slaves. I have read many biographies of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas and Alexandra. The Russian people had a love/hate relationship with the tzars. And yet they traded those oppressors for communist oppressors. Stalin was much worse than any Tzar.This story takes place during the revolution when everything was completely turned upside down. Yuri and L [...]

    16. «Δεν μου αρέσουν εκείνοι που δεν έχουν πέσει, δεν έχουν παραπατήσει. Η αρετή τους είναι νεκρή και έχει μικρή αξία. Η ομορφιά της ζωής δεν τους έχει φανερωθεί» Ένα βιβλίο με βαρύ ιστορικό να κρύβεται πίσω από την έκδοσή του. Ένα απαγορευμένο βιβλίο που πλέον μπορούμε να απολ [...]

    17. As far as I know, Doctor Zhivago appeals for three reasons. First, it is an epic by and about a man caught in the thick of the tumultuous period of Russian enlightenment and revolution. Second, like many epics, it follows the romance between a man and a woman (or in this book´s case, three women) whose love is made impossible by the political circumstances in which they live. Third, and lastly, it was bravely published in the 1950s, censored immediately by the Soviets but heralded by non-Red li [...]

    18. AUGUST 2 REVIEW:After finishing the book last night, I immediately wrote my review. I always do that because I right away start reading the next book. Also, writing what I learned from the book and what I felt while reading it are easier if the story is still fresh in my mind.However, for almost the whole day, I thought that I missed the whole point of the story. My August 1 Review below definitely was too weak for a beautifully told forbidden love story of Yuri and Lara.While driving from the o [...]

    19. As I've already stated, this book has been on my bookshelf since I was about thirteen when my mother gave me a copy for Christmas one year. She talked to me about the story, about the movie and her adoration of Omar Sharif because of said movie. And because I was a punk kid I never sat down to read it. (Correction: I sat down a couple times to read it over the years but never managed to make it past a page or two because I evidently had more important things going on in my life.)So now, at thirt [...]

    20. Ho letto "Il dottor Zivago": parla della RussiaIl romanzo Il dottor Živàgo ci fa entrare nel mondo di Jurij Andrèevič Živàgo e della bella Larissa Fiodorovna Antipov nei primi decenni del novecento, dove i due conducono vite parallele che lentamente si vanno a intrecciare. Sullo sfondo la neve, l'inverno siberiano, la natura, la Russia, la Rivoluzione, la prima guerra mondiale.Amore (forte ma solo accennato), guerra (con le sue crudeltà inevitabili), separazioni dolorose, riflessioni sull [...]

    21. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از دو شخصیت اصلی یعنی <دکتر ژیواگو> و <لارا> تشکیل شده است. دکتر ژیواگو، در سالِ 1914 به عنوانِ پزشک به میدانِ جنگ (جنگ جهانی اول) فرستاده میشود و مجبور میشود تا همسرش <تونیا> و پسرِ خردسالش را تنها بگذارد‎طرف دیگر داستان، دختری به نامِ <لارا&g [...]

    22. What this book seems to lack is a good editor. Given the circumstances in which it was published, that is not surprising. It was published in translation rather than Russian language and the author was not available to discuss any edits/changes with. Not that it is a bad book at all. Writing is awesome frequently (though not frequently enough) especially the poems in the end but it has a bunch of issues - some boring parts, repetitiveness, annoyingly large number of coincidences (like in Dickens [...]

    23. حين تقرأ رواية تصل صفحاتهاإلى 700 تتسائل إن كان الأمر يستحق هذا العناء لكن ما إن تنتهي حتى تحزن للفراق القادم أحببت هذه الرواية كثيرا على الرغم من أني قضيت وقتا طويلا بها بل إنني تركتها لفترة من الوقت ، عندما عدتُ لها عدت بنهم شديد الرواية نموذج مثالي لما قد تصنعه الحروب والثور [...]

    24. This book sapped all my energy, it was deathly dull. I thought about writing a review, but have already wasted far too long on the mind-numbing Yuri. Awful, just awful.Buddy-slog with Jemidar; couldn't have done it without you!

    25. UPDATE, Cântecul Larei: youtube/watch?v=_AkBoNu am cuvinte să spun ce stare de angoasă oferă romanul. Introducere în atmosfera rusească de de la începutul tragicului secol XX (tragic în general, darămite în Rusia, cu cele două războaie, cu Revoluţia Bolşevică şi cu stalinismul?!). Iuri Andreevici Jivago, un semi-aristocrat care devine medic, este în acelaşi timp diletant în ale poeziei. Este adevărat -fapt ce a stârnit multe critici- că Pasternak introduce în roman până [...]

    26. This is a reread for me. Will I still think it worth five stars?**********************************On completion after the second reading:I ended up really liking some aspects of the book, but not all. This book makes you feel history and what it is to be human. It isn't so much a history book as a way of living through / experiencing life in Russia in the first half of the 20th Century in Moscow and in the Urals. What it was like to live through the Revolution and the subsequent civil war are no [...]

    27. أجلت قراءة هذه الرواية لأكثر من مرة و ذلك غالبا لتعكر مزاجي الذي حال دون الاطلاع على ملحمة بهذا الحجم. وما أن شرعت في ذلك حتى ادركت صحة هذا القرار, حيث أن 100 صفحة الأولى تمحورت فقط حول التعريف بالشخصيات ,شخصيات عدد ليس بالهين منها سيختفي تدريجيا مع الصفحات. اضافة الى شعوري بالم [...]

    28. Credo che non ti amerei tanto se in te non ci fosse nulla da lamentare, nulla da rimpiangere. Io non amo la gente perfetta, quelli che non sono mai caduti, non hanno inciampato. La loro è una virtù spenta, di poco valore. A loro non si è svelata la bellezza della vita.Ho conosciuto Jurij Andrèeviĉ Zivago e Larisa Fëdorovna Guichard diversi anni fa attraverso i volti affascinanti di Omar Sharif e Julie Christie, protagonisti di un film che vinse cinque Golden Globe e cinque Oscar. Non ricor [...]

    29. Ένα βιβλίο πολύ γνωστό ότι πολύ δημοφιλές που είχε την ατυχία να βρεθεί μπλεγμένο στις πολιτικές του ψυχρού πολέμου. Φυσικά το δεύτερο ήταν αναμενόμενο καθώς αναφέρεται κυρίως στα κρίσιμα χρόνια της ρωσικής Επανάστασης και του εμφυλίου πολέμου, οπότε ήταν μάλλον αδύνατο [...]

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