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Doctor Zhivago | [Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)]

Doctor Zhivago

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times.

©1957 Boris Pasternak (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"This new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is for the first time based on the authentic original text, reflects the present, deeper level of understanding of the great masterpiece of 20th century Russian literature and conveys its whole artistic richness with all its complexities and subtleties that had escaped the attention of the earlier translators and readers." (Lazar Fleishman, Professor of Russian Literature, Stanford University)

"Without a doubt, their version will become the standard translation of the novel for years to come." (Barry Scherr, Mandel Family Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College)

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    Beth NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-13-11
    Beth NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing like the movie."
    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    A living historical document of the Russian Revolution, by one who lived through it to tell the tale.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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-16-13
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    This book is so much more than an epic historical love story, but I would never have picked up on it earlier in life. It is a Russian philosophical feast. The women in Zhivago's life clearly portray his feelings about Russia and the social changes that it went through. I'm amazed at how Pasternak was able to do this. The audio version was excellent because it provided a short intro that helped me with the magical /folktale part of the book, and then it had an afterword and a short history on Pasternak's life. Just be prepared for its typical Russian length and repetitiveness on theme / thought. Oh, and the love story is magnificent, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
    Ashley Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
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    "Endured it, but I didn't get a prize."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Lee?

    John Lee sure. He saved it. But this book was a chore.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I read this book because it is a classic. I suspect it reflects the people and the times well. But oh, my. Take me back to Follett's Century Trilogy.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Voices distinguishable and not annoying, even though the characters were.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Relief it was over and sorry it cost 2 credits.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eduard Alf Breckenridge, Quebec Canada 07-19-12
    Eduard Alf Breckenridge, Quebec Canada 07-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Forget the movie"
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-15-11
    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "decent"

    The translator and narrators did a fine job. However, the novel had zero humor and was very preachy. I listened to this book because Pasternak won the Nobel Prize and the David Lean movie is a classic. But don't expect Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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