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Beth

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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
    (86)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    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."
    "Nothing like the movie."
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Doctor Zhivago?

    A living historical document of the Russian Revolution, by one who lived through it to tell the tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strelnikov. Hero and villain, most realistic character.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He did women's voices pretty well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was appalled to learn that Pasternak was a self hating Jew.He went off on some antisemitic rants, which, considering he was of Jewish heritage, was extremely shocking.


    Any additional comments?

    I am more impressed now, by the David Lean film. He was able to take a somewhat tedious narrative and piece together an unforgettable film.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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