The White Guard, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, "The White Guard" takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city.

It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099490661

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A wonderful story about a family in Kiev during the revolution. There is a great scene where the city is gathered in the square trying to see the new leader. All the reader gets is bits and pieces of conversations overheard in the crowd. It was a great way to see the different opinions as well as to see how fast rumors spread.

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This was a little tougher/sloggier read than Heart of a Dog and Master and Margarita. Mainly because I am not a historian about the politics of the Tsarists vs. the Communists. Set in St. Petersburg I believe - not Moscow, follows the characters within and outside a family as the city is plunged into terrorism then war. Overall, a good history, good character development, and a good ending about a typically Russian epoch of bloodshed, grim conditions, with a Russian drill-down into a bed-ridden illness and a tightly wrapped story of love and loss mostly played outside inside a small house a la Checkhov.