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Eduard Alf

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  • Doctor Zhivago

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara.

    Beth says: "Nothing like the movie."
    "Forget the movie"
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    If you could sum up Doctor Zhivago in three words, what would they be?

    "Just being there".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zhivago ... Yuri .... of course. Because he reminds me of myself. I have a certain inertia which keeps me grounded and for the most part I just flow with what comes at the moment. That is Yuri's mode of living. Yuri is life. This isn't a love story, as one might take from the movie, but of being drawn to something new because it seemed right at the time. That is, the opportunity presents itself and you live it to the full.

    The aspect of living life is poetically described in the race of Yuri in the broken down tram and Mademoiselle Fleury. Yuri simply loses that race and Mademoiselle Fleury carries on with hers. Which is significantly different from the movie which has Lara in the place of Fleury, and the message is entirely lost.

    That Yuri is life shows itself in the manner of description for which Pasternak is emminently skilled. When Yuri experiences something the sensuality of it is brought forth through the words, better than for any other author I know of.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    The narrator isn't that important here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But best savoured in portions ... when reading again after the first time. I read the book perhaps 2 or 3 times a year.


    Any additional comments?

    The repetitions and coincidences are exceptional in this book. An example is the Rowan Berry tree [European Ash] and red wine.

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