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Dr Zhivago [Russian Language edition] (Russian) Hardcover – May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 982 pages
  • Publisher: Koch, Neff & Oetinger & Co (May 1999)
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN-10: 5837003754
  • ISBN-13: 978-5837003752
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,358,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on 6 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was beginning to think I it was just me who found large chunks of this book, dull and pedestrian until I read the review from "a reader in North America" . I could not agree more. The book is great when it is descriptive , whether describing the horrors and cruelties of partisan struggle or the frozen landscape. It all falls horibly apart as soon as any character opens his or her mouth. It contains the most clunking, leaden and improbable dialogue ever written. I would quote page numbers as examples but readers won't necessarily have the same edition as me, but just open it at any point and find any conversation. On the other hand "The Master and Margarita" is indeed a truly wonderful novel
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Superb story of love and life 19 Feb 2005
By K.A.Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a gripping story about life, love, and the tragedy of war. Yuri Zhivago is a doctor in Russia during the tumultuous times of the Russian Revolution and civil war. Zhivago is both a skilled MD and a compassionate man, both of which are in short supply in war-ravaged Russia. Events separate Zhivago from his wife and children, and at times from his mistress Lara. Like so many others, Zhivago's life is largely controlled by fate and larger events, yet he retains his humanity and love of life. Probably the book's strongest part concerns the love affair played out in an abandoned home during winter - with the civil war never far away. English-speaking readers may need a few pages to warm up to the author's style (including dual names for the characters), but this powerful book is well worth reading.

Author Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) was named 1958 Nobel Prize winner for this stunning effort - an award the Soviet Government ordered him not to accept due to Pasternak's critical look at the Bolshevik Revolution. This is not an easy read at first, but it is an enduring and powerful one.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Overrated, but still a classic 14 Nov 2000
By owynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Zhivago is one of those rare stories with a main character that is marred in several ways. Fluctuating in philosophy and love, Yury is frustrating yet captiving. So is the novel. The details, the way Boris describes the first night Yury and Tonya fell in love was brilliant. His message of pacifism is made obvious, too much so in my opinion, and the poetry of Dr. Zhivago allows the reader a great insight into his mind. However, I found the ending flat. After Tonya flees, it seemed to drag on too long before the book actually reaches closure. I loved the first four hundred pages, but went through the last hundred by sheer will. This book is considered a classic and is very fitting of such a category. It's detail, it's splendor, it's tales of Russian history are unparallaled, but the ending is very anti-climatic and leaves somewhat of a bitter taste after an otherwise beautiful literary work
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