Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Book - 1991
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In the grand tradition of the epic novel, Boris Pasternak's masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. Caught up in the great events of politics and war that eventually destroy him and millions of others, Zhivago clings to the private world of family life and love, embodied especially in the magical Lara.

First published in Italy in 1957, Doctor Zhivago was not allowed to appear in the Soviet Union until 1987, twenty-seven years after the author's death.

Translated by Manya Harari and Max Hayward

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1991
ISBN: 9780679407591
Branch Call Number: PASTERN
Characteristics: 510 p
Alternative Title: Dr. Zhivago


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Aug 12, 2018

The story telling was innovating and compelling, including other characters point of view, and even using quotations from the main character's (Yuri) own journal. The descriptions of the characters and the surroundings are brilliantly crafted. My most memorable image is how he described the wolves at night as a menacing force like his adversaries closing in on him. Another is when Yuri encounters Lara at a library in a small town, how he describes his feelings about her revealing his uncontrollable infatuation with her beauty.

Nov 08, 2014

Love, loss, betrayal, war, family drama - this story has it all. A sprawling, epic tale that encompasses the best and worst of human behaviour, set in the time of the Russian revolution. Unforgettable!

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