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This review is from: And Quiet Flows the Don (Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This book was recommended to me by a Russian who claimed that Sholokhov was better than Dostoevsky. Although he certainly wasn't in my opinion, this is still a very good book. He had a very interesting way of writing, and described a lot of things that aren't normally described in any books, like smells, for example. I found the main story between Grigory and Aksinja (not sure about the names in the English version) to be the most entertaining and most poignant, but there are a lot of interesting characters and a good description of scenery and "way of life". When the war started, however, the focus changed as well, and it started to drag a bit - especially since it started to follow different characters who hadn't really been properly introduced until that point, and some characters were also "forgotten", etc. I don't know how much of the whole story I actually read, because my version was in Danish and it didn't specify. The book I read was over 400 pages but I'm pretty sure there was a lot more afterwards. I would like to read the whole story in English at some point but I found it difficult to find a copy for a reasonable price, and also to know if it was the whole story. This is certainly high quality writing and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Russian literature.