Saturday, March 29, 2014

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

I have wanted to read this book for a long time; it's one of my favorite movies. So the Back to the Classics challenge was just the push I needed to finally read it.
I enjoyed most of it, although I found it very slow going. There were parts through the middle of the book where I got bogged down, but overall it was a good story and well written.
The description on Goodreads is as follows: "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."
I rated it 3 out of 5. I'm counting this for my Classic in Translation category.

1 comment:

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I can't remember if I've read this, or only seen the movie. (Sad when your mind starts to go, isn't it?) It sounds like a book you're glad to have read, but not one you'd be in a hurry to read again.

I just finished my classic in translation choice: Camus' The Stranger. I didn't really like it. It was not a terribly interesting story, and the style of writing was simple and pared down, reminding me of Ernest Hemingway, who I don't especially like. It was quite short, though, so I didn't spend too much time reading it! I actually went to Good Reads to see what all the fuss was about. I found most of the reviews there to be complimentary, but it still just wasn't my cup of tea.