Doctor Zhivago, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds himself embroiled in a battle between the Whites and the Reds, and in love with the beautiful nurse Lara.


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Oh, those Russians. Tortured, romantic, introspective and tumultuous, I deeply wanted to love this book. But it was as slow as a week in the Steppes. A love story, I hoped it would knock some of the tosh we have to read into a cocked hat. But Niet, it wasn't to be.

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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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Following my re-reading of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Sophia Tolstoy's diaries in The Last Station, I decided to reread this book whilst I was in a Russian mood. I really enjoyed it and because I had seen the movie with Omar Sharif , I could picture him all the time as Yuri. Later I saw the musical Anthony Warlow, it was quite good but didn't live up to the expectations of the book.

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