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UNLIKE A BRITISH JAIL
on 3 April 2013
I am still reading this 630 page book and ordered it after reading a shorter book entitled Gulag Boss which was rather biased towards the State.
The Gulag Archipelago is interesting in parts and a bit boring in others. Russia after the Revolution in 1917 became a difficult place to live if you had even the slightest doubts about how the country was being run and you certainly had to keep your thoughts to yourself. Informers were everywhere and it was very easy to earn yourself a 10 rouble note or more (their term for 10 years in the Gulag and probably another 5 years living outside the Gulag before you were allowed home).
I am half way through the book and Sozhenitsyn is still in the Lubyanka being interrogated but not yet tortured (if he was). The Gulag and subsequent release is yet to come. His crime, by the way, was to comment on aspects of how the army was performing towards the end of the second world war whilst a captain in the army at the front.