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The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II Audiobook

The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II: The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire

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This second volume in Solzhenitsyn’s narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets' "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of prisoners in them—felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear.

Once again, this chronicle of appalling inhumanity is made endurable by the vitality and emotional range of the writing. In one truly remarkable chapter, a parody of an anthropological treatise, Solzhenitsyn achieves new heights of sardonic wit. And in the final section, the music changes and he provides a magnificent coda on the possibilities of redemption and purification through suffering.

©1974 Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (P)1989 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Big Bob Daddy Huntington Station, NY United States 03-25-15
    Big Bob Daddy Huntington Station, NY United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    A superb work and a superb performance! Solzhenitsyn's storytelling and intimate writing style is mesmerizing. Davidson's reading makes you feel like you're listening to the author himself.

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    Jacob Denhollander 12-10-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Important book, great author, wonderful narrator"

    Frederick Davidson is the perfect narrator for Solzhenitzyn's ironic, wry authorial style. That authorial style is what makes this otherwise unbearable book manageable. It's a hard book to read/listen because the ugliness of mankind is on full display. It's made even more difficult by the fact that Solzhenitsyn makes sure we recognize this work not only as a window to see the evil of others, but also a mirror that reflects back the evil that dwells in each of our hearts. For this reason, everyone needs to read this book

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    Mariana Chaffee 07-17-17

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    "Excellent and tragic."

    All three volume should be required reading for everyone around the world. People are already forgetting the tragedies and malignancy brought about by Marxism in the 20th century. Anyone defending or supporting Marxism, communism, or socialism should read this so that they actually know what it is they are supporting. Otherwise they are just ignorant children making noise.

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    Thucydides Canada 07-17-17
    Thucydides Canada 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An epic of horror, history, & philosophy"

    A profound reflection on life in adversity. It's long, yes, but I never found it boring. Reading through the 3 volumes, I suffer a faint shadow of Gulag horror through the fellow feeling that Solzhenitsun's evokes. He is an inspired master story-teller and has an amazing ability to view all characters with charity. He convinces even the most sensitive and peace-loving reader that you may very well be capable of unspeakable evil if pushed to extremes. Everyone in camp faces the choice: turn right and sacrifice your life or turn left and sacrifice your conscience (at about 15:40). The irony is not lost on the careful reader that Solzhenitsyn himself preserved his own life. Did he lose his conscience? There are such thinly-veiled Christian overtones here and elsewhere. Regardless of your faith choice or knowledge of Chriatianity, the human experience that hits home over and over will win you over to a new appreciation of freedom and reflection on the relative merits of limited government, human rights, and the rule of law.

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    "Engrossing read. A must read book."

    This series reveals what happens when evil consumes a nation and it's people. Most importantly, the author illustrates the resolve of the human soul to withstand the long night of tyrany and oppression.

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    Michael 06-24-12
    Michael 06-24-12

    Anti-communist, Anti-Tyranny, Pro-human being. "Today me, Tomorrow You." If this doesnt scare you, your already PWNED.

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    I truly empirical view of the tyranny required to support a sound economic theory like communism the death of freedom is the birth of tyranny

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