Doctor Zhivago ( + NEW Illystrations) [NOOK Book]

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"Doctor Zhivago" (1945-1955, published 1988) - the final product of Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), awarded for this novel in 1958, the Nobel Prize for Literature. Roman, who appeared on the author's own assessment of the pinnacles of his achievement, embodied the piercing candid account of moral experience generation, which belonged to Boris Pasternak, and deep thinking about the historical fate of the country.

Cycle of 13 illustrations by Arkadiy Kosjak, previously unpublished, is trying to follow the author's ...
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Overview

"Doctor Zhivago" (1945-1955, published 1988) - the final product of Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), awarded for this novel in 1958, the Nobel Prize for Literature. Roman, who appeared on the author's own assessment of the pinnacles of his achievement, embodied the piercing candid account of moral experience generation, which belonged to Boris Pasternak, and deep thinking about the historical fate of the country.

Cycle of 13 illustrations by Arkadiy Kosjak, previously unpublished, is trying to follow the author's conception of this particular event, rather static characters, each scene is displayed exactly as described by the author.

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The original text provided by the Russian State Library()
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016389608
  • Publisher: Kassiopeya Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 273,464
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    A classic

    Dr. Zhivago is a wonderful novel! It is very detailed and can be confusing at times. It is not meant to be light reading!! It really makes you think about life and questions your beleifs. Keeping a list of all the characters and how they are connected is very helpful. This novel discusses the Russian government choices, religion, and morals. While reading this novel the author Boris Pasternak paints a perfect picture as to where the scenes take place and who the characters are. The writing style is very elegant and beautiful. At the back of the novel there are many poems that Paskernak wrote. When reading I felt as though I were actually feeling what the characters felt and saw. I highly recommend this novel! I really enjoyed it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    A MUST READ!

    I bought the hard cover when the English translation became available here. I not only read the book, I studied it! Then I saw the movie. The movie made the story more exciting, perhaps, but so many very important subplots were lost. The movie had a very different, and disappointing, ending so I read the book once more. Then I retired, we down-sizaed, and I had to depart with many of my books; Dr. Z was one of them. I was very happy to see the Nook version and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this masterpiecce once more. Yes, a must read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    The Jist of Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago, written by Boris Pasternak, is a story about the turmoil of revolutionary Russia and its people. It begins a few years before the Bolshevik Revolution and follows events that lead to Civil War and the establishment of the Soviet government. The main character is Dr. Zhivago, a kind and passionate man, who is constantly affected by these events. The book has excellent historical value as well as detail of its characters so that it fully embodies the disorderly mindset of the people. This is most evident in Dr. Zhivago¿s relationship with a woman named Lara. He and his wife Tonya were happily married but when he was drafted to a medical outpost he fell in love with the nurse Lara. Though the Doctor is a good man he is torn between his two loves and inevitably cheats on Tonya. His relationship with Lara beautifully parallels the political struggle that was taking place in Russia. She represents the Communist Russia that the people longed for. She is so close yet unattainable every time the doctor begins to settle with her they experience pain and hardship, whether it be by outside forces or their own actions. She is impossible to reach, impossible to forget, and their relationship, like the revolution, was impossible stop once it began. Dr. Zhivago allows the reader to witness a struggle of the human mind¿s judgment and its desires. It demonstrates that our decisions can start us in one direction and that life¿s unforeseeable circumstances can easily lead us astray.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    A Great Novel with a some flaws

    I watched the movie before I read the book and one thing for sure is the fact that the movie dwelled too much on the Lara and Yuri love story. However, the novel goes deeper, describing Russia as it was during the first half of the last century especially before the Second World War. Actually, the novel revolves around Yuri Andreivich Zhivago a doctor and poet whose life is a series of trials beginning with the funeral for his mother¿ until he too made the honorable exit to the world beyond. Dr Zhivago trials take him across the length and breadth of Russia through war as a soldier in the Red Army and as a man with a strong desire to lead a normal life with his wife and son, but who cannot avoid the love of a woman destiny always put on his way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    I recommend this as one of the modern Russian classics.  It is n

    I recommend this as one of the modern Russian classics.  It is not an easy read.  I speak some Russian & know quite a bit of Russian history, but  it was slow going in places.  The Great War is almost over, the tsar is gone, Lenin & the Bolsheviks are rising, Whties are fighting Reds, & chaos reigns in what will soon become the Soviet Union.  Be prepared for much discusiion of life, death, war, religion, & the "Russian soul".  Larissa Antipova, one of the main characters, actually sums it all up rather well:  "I caught the time when the notions of the previous peaceful age were still in force.  It was held that one should trust the voice of reason...And suddenly this leap from serene, innocent measuredness into blood & screaming, mass insanity & the savagery of daily & hourly lawful & extolled murder."  Note that the ending of the novel is completely different than that of the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Great novel

    Wonderful book but difficult to read. One needs to make a list of characters to sort them all out. Boring at first, then it quickly takes off and you're swept away in this jewel of a love story set in a changing world which Zhivago could never quite understand!
    Most people don't know that, in many ways, this was modeled after the life of the author. He was originally a poet and there really was a "Lara" who survived him. The story behind the novel is just as fascinating as the book itself! It turned out to have been his last book.
    As for the movie, I had a huge crush on Large as a teen and was fascinated by the character of Yuri Zhivago. Over the years it's become my favorite movie, and I make it a point to watch it once a year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    This version is in Russian

    Do not waste your money on this version. None of the reveiws state that it is Russian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Can you help me?

    I'm currently reading this book right now. It is very interesting, but also very confusing. To get a better understanding I am going to watch the movie. Are the book and the movie the same?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    If you saw the movie, you need to read this book. Even if you mi

    If you saw the movie, you need to read this book. Even if you missed the movie, this is a true Russian classic. A must read for everyone!!

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Doctor Zhivago written by Boris Pasternak is a great read for th

    Doctor Zhivago written by Boris Pasternak is a great read for those who understand and appreciate the Russian revolution of the early 20th century. The novel tells the story of a man who is stuck with the ideals of those who take charge in Russia. The novel itself is hard to put in words, but it starts with an introduction of the main character Yurii the audience immediately sympathizes with him because at the age of ten he loses his mother. The novel takes place in an era of sociopolitical corruption brought upon by a pre-world war I ideologies. Furthermore, the main struggle faced by Yurri is the struggle for love. First marries and cheats , at certain moments it seems circumstantial, yet it adds to the corruption the book is trying to reveal. The main symbol is the change that is brought upon by war, a change that lara does not experience even though she has lost the most. Over all the book is a good read with very deep and intense undertones, it is best to read constantly because at times many stories develop at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Do not read

    Really slow book. Too many characters with so many differnt stories taking place. At the end of the book i still had a hard time recaping what happend. Might be better to watch the movie on this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    jdiev

    Bayley's translation of the Paternak classic is wonderful! Pasternack writes in the style of his famous perdecesors, Tolstoy, Doestovsky, and Putkin. I deeply enjoyed his treatment of the historical chaos of the Russian revolution within the context of the aesthetic.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Goes Nowhere

    It didn't merit all the hype.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2009

    doctor zhivago

    People who told me aobut it said it was great, so I went and bought the book Doctor Zhivago. I was expecting MUCH more out of it. The whole story is not that bad, but the plot... it was tiring. I think that one problem of it is that it was over stretched. The overal srory itself was ok, but not a book I would recomend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    can't think of anything good to say...

    This is one of the most boring books I've ever read. It's a sort of love story set during the Russian revolution. The story was dull, the characters bland and the writing wooden. I really struggled just to finish this book. I really can't think of anything good to say about it.....except maybe that my version has some well done illustrations. Doctor Zhivago is one novel that I won't be re-reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    the torturous zhivago

    the movie was very fascinating and made me want to read this book, but after months of reading this book off and on i found that this book was torturous!! The plot didn't become interesting until the last 200 pages. however, if you want to learn a lot about Russia's culture this could be the book for you. (lots of talk about potatoes and vodka)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Very nice. I like.

    Doctor Zhivago, in its novel form, presents a tragic love story and also presents an affecting perspective of some of the struggles Russians faced during and after the Soviet takeover. Doctor Yury Zhivago, during the Revolution, becomes torn between an affair with Lara Antipov, whom he loves and his wife, Tonya, to whom he has deep loyalty. Lara represents Zhivago¿s world-weariness and Tonya his youthful innocence. Tonya, with Yury¿s children, escapes to Paris before the country and becomes a symbol of innocence leaving the scene. His eventual surrender to his feelings for Lara coincides with the communist takeover of Russia. Lara can also be seen as a symbol of communism and Tonya a picture of the old czarist regime as what is familiar to both Yuri and to Russia is replaced by something new and captivating. In addition to being a doctor, Yury Zhivago was a lover and a poet. He mirrors somewhat the story¿s author, Boris Pasternak, as both were persecuted by the Soviets because of their poetry and other writings. In many ways Pasternak¿s story can be seen as a critique of Communist Russia. Pasternak, in Doctor Zhivago, portrays the Soviet regime as restrictive and dehumanizing. The story¿s account of love and innocence lost is one that many have been able to relate to and Zhivago¿s personal internal battles with guilt and feelings of love and passion and remorse unite him to the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Doctor Zhvago, A Man Caught Between Love and War

    Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak, is a wonderfully layered story that weaves in and out of romance and war to create and very interesting and captivating story. The combination of these two powerfully contrasting elements gives this story a very unique and enjoyable feel. The intertwined elements of romance and war are present even at the beginning of the book. This book occurs during the first half of the 20th century in Russia where war is everywhere and is inescapable. It follows the life of Yuri Zhivago, a doctor, as he falls in love, finds a new love, and how he reacts to his feelings, all while a revolution is happening right before his eyes. He gets torn apart from his first love when he becomes a medical officer in the army, but in the process, he falls in love again. I thought that this was very interesting, during a horrible time like war, where lives are lost constantly, great things like love can be found. After tending to victims of the revolution, Dr. Zhivago says to his love interest, ¿How can I love at a time like this?¿ The author does a really nice job of somehow making a love story that takes place during a time of complete destruction and chaos and gave the story a very relatable and convincing feeling. It is very interesting how Dr. Zhivago handles loving someone at a horrible point in Russia¿s history. I enjoyed Doctor Zhivago and found it to be captivating from start to finish. The use of two contrasting issues, war and romance, in this story make this story appeal to a wide range of people. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is willing to make a big time commitment to read this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Yuri Zhivago: A Renaissance Man

    Doctor Zhivago is a great work of historical fiction. Critics bask in the author, Pasternak¿s, historical boldness and the novel¿s steamy love story with scandals, and deception. Yet, the character development defines this novel. A character, whether discovered in between a novel¿s pages or around the street corner can change a person¿s perspective for life. Pasternak perfected his characters, making them real enough to open a window not only into a reader¿s heart, but also their soul. Yuri Zhivago, the story¿s protagonist, is the pinnacle of this. His obvious flaws yet independence emphasize his humanity. Throughout the story, Yuri¿s flaws are on display. His obsession with Lara from the beginning is irksome, and the fact that he denies it to himself is immature. By not immediately admitting to himself that he is having feelings for another woman besides his wife allows him to continue to have the feelings until he is unable to harness his feelings and exert any self-control and he finds himself in a lust-based obsessive relationship with Lara. Yuri is also blessed with the ability to think for himself. Yuri is never completely with the revolution nor is he completely against the revolution. This ¿neutrality¿ is appealing to the reader and to Yuri¿s character. Yuri keeps himself alive by being a doctor in the Civil War for the Red Army yet it also opens his eyes open to the corruptness of the Bolsheviks. Doctor Zhivago is a timeless tale with attributes to appeal to all genres of readers, but most importantly it offers a protagonist that everyone can relate to. The temptation, the longing, the questioning, the loving, the humanity, everyone can relate to Yuri Zhivago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    A Great Novel with a some flaws

    I watched the movie before I read the book and one thing for sure is the fact that the movie dwelled too much on the Lara and Yuri love story. However, the novel goes deeper, describing Russia as it was during the first half of the last century especially before the Second World War. Actually, the novel revolves around Yuri Andreivich Zhivago a doctor and poet whose life is a series of trials beginning with the funeral for his mother¿ until he too made the honorable exit to the world beyond. Dr Zhivago trials take him across the length and breadth of Russia through war as a soldier in the Red Army and as a man with a strong desire to lead a normal life with his wife and son, but who cannot avoid the love of a woman destiny always put on his way.

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