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Doctor Zhivago [Paperback]

Boris Pasternak , Max Hayward , Manya Harari
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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5 Sep 2002
"Doctor Zhivago" is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with the new order and confronts the changes cruel experience has made in him and the anguish of being torn between the love of two women.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099448424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099448426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first work of genius to come out of Russia since the Revolution" (V.S. Pritchett)

"One of the great events in man's literary and moral history" (Edmund Wilson)

"Belongs to that small group of novels by which all others are ultimately judged" (Frank Kermode Spectator)

"Not since Shakespeare has love been so fully, vividly, scrupulously and directly communicated" (Isaiah Berlin Sunday Times)

"Clearly a novel by a poet, occasionally messy, sometimes clumsy...yet somehow vastly greater than the sum of its parts" (The Times)

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The Everyman edition of this classic Russian novel. Romance, tragedy and snow... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An epic study of revolutionary losers 14 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
Frequently considered one of the most sublime love stories ever told, Pasternak's masterpiece marked a significant moment in the history of Russian literature. Although rejected for publication, the furore around its censorship was the first step in liberating creativity from the clutches of the ideologues. This historical significance barely scrapes the iceberg in comparison to the beauty of the events it portrays. In this tale of love and loss and struggle for survival during the Russian Revolution, Pasternak captures better than anyone else the supreme majesty of the simple things in life. The view from a study window, the freedom of living ones life free from compulsion and terror. But that is the lot of some periods of history and it is in how you cope with these strains which determine your life. Yes, this novel focuses on the upper classes and the erosion of the uncontested freedoms they once enjoyed, but it is so much more than that. This is a novel about human freedom from compulsion, whether you are a millionaire or a pauper, the liberation of the human spirit should begin here and now, with this book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into, but well worth the trouble! 20 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
When I first began reading "Dr Zhivago" I was disappointed by the pace of the narrative; the novel is not dedicated to romance but also to the political and military events of the Bolshevik Revolution, which can be heavy going at times. However, with perseverence the magic of the book begins to shine through, and I was captured by the vivid pictures Pasternak creates with his language and writing. This version (Everyman's Library Classics) is particularly good as it also includes Zhivago's poems, which are exempt from some versions. Overall this is a powerful novel of love and destruction, of war and peace, and of such a magnitude that it can ,at times, leave you breathless. I would recommend it to any fan of Russian literature, but also to anyone in search of a wonderful story.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wandering, fascinating book 12 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
Firstly, this is not "One of the greatest love stories ever told" as the cover proclaims: the love story is a small and incidental part of the story, and doesn't begin until 250 pages in.

What this is is a fascinating insight into the history of Russia through the last century's revolutions, told through the experiences of Zhivago and others. The structure is particularly interesting - we skip through the years extremely quickly, and between characters you'd be forgiven for not recognising. But this is part of its charm, and in many ways replicates the peripatetic nature of the revolution years as characters wander from town to village in search of food and shelter.

In many ways it reminds me of Primo Levi's 'The Truce', his account of what happened after he was liberated from a concentration camp at the end of WWII and likewise wandered across Eastern Europe with other refugees. It's the story of what happens to those who experience history, after the history books have moved on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! 19 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's pretty much all been said in other positive reviews - anyone expecting a love story and little else will be disappointed, but if you want to get a feel for Russia post Great War, read on...I particularly like the moral aspect of the book, and his struggle to make sense of a world that has changed irrevocably. If you have a passion for history (like me) try it - I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare novel 30 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
After reading famous books you often feel that whilst it was good, you can't quite understand why it has become so renowned. Perhaps it is because the idea is powerful but badly executed or perhaps has an incredible mood but the concept and importance are somewhat lacking. None of these feelings occur when reading Dr Zhivago, its artistry is superb, the dialogues and turns of phrase are often breathtaking in their subtle importance, beauty or both. This is a book that fully warrants its reputation, it is stripped of the idealism and runs almost like a political philosophy discourse at times in the development of ideas of equality, the human spirit and the paths to progress in society.

It is for this reason that I don't think the book deserves its reputation as a 'love story': it is certainly a human story with love becoming more important as a theme as the book continues, but the power of the context is such that one could say that it is a political book first and a romance second. However, such hierarchies are not applicable in a work such as Dr Zhivago, such is Pasternak's skill as a writer that the themes of the novel perfectly complement each other, he balances the issues of the history of the era, Yury's development as a person and the underlying current of the women in his life with almost orchestral skill. If Pasternak's aim was to create an illustration of the power, subtlety and synphonic nature of life, uncontrollable by 'men of action' then this is reflected in the structure and style of his prose.

The book had a great effect on me, its integrity was great and the whole book wonderfully honest. Each comment was razor blade sharp so I was often completely surprised that he was brave enough to write such things in Soviet Russia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The book itself is beautifully produced and good value. It took a long time to read it and I felt it was significantly different from the film versions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosie D
5.0 out of 5 stars The tenacity of love
i was expecting the book to be more like the film but it is just as powerful in its own way.
Published 2 months ago by Hilary Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel though
I watched the movie before I read the book and one thing for sure is the fact that the movie dwelled too much on the Lara and Yuri love story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John T C
3.0 out of 5 stars Russian classic
Trying to plough through for my Book Group. The names are a right pain, so much so that it is difficult to knoiw who is who and what is happening. Read more
Published 4 months ago by doonhamer
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking book
Covering a huge scope of events and emotions. Zhivagos descent into self destruction against a background of the horrors of the Russian Revolution and thwarted love. A great novel.
Published 7 months ago by David Radford
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually a good translation
Of course, Dr Zhivago was one of the great works of literature, so it deserves five stars. It's a story about people caught up in titanic times, times of huge moment and giant... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angus Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Incredibly moving and fascinating historically, as much of the content was true of those times. Just my thing, and as I had seen the original film by David Lean, which was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mrs k e s grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Of revolution and war
First of all it needs to be said: this is not a love story. The problem is that television and film have made it so and this is reinforced by the publisher's blurb writer trying to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cole Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago
I loved this book and I loved the film too. However, this time I wanted an old, battered copy for a flower display for my mother's flower club. Read more
Published 14 months ago by squashed tomato
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, shame about the very small print
Pleased with how quickly this book arrived ( need it for a book group ! ) and the style is easy to follow and uses some delightful imagery.
The small print looses it one star.
Published 15 months ago by sy
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