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Doctor Zhivago- Boris Pasternak -A Review

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A beautiful classic about life, love and the Russian Revolution.

Doctor Zhivago, a modern novel in the great Russian tradition,. Embracing the first half of the century, the opening chapters portray the pre-revolutionary atmosphere of unrest in which Zhivago's intellectual and moral ideals take root.

Yury Zhivago, a young Russian, was raised by his uncle Kolya after his mother died when he was a boy. When he is eighteen, he enrolls at the university in Moscow to study medicine. While Yury is attending school, he meets Tonya, who he eventually marries and has a son with.

When Yury becomes a medical officer in the army, he is stationed in a small town where he meets Lara while visiting the house of her mother, who attempted suicide. He doesn’t speak with her, but instead sees her exchanging glances with an older man named Komarovsky. The second time he sees Lara, she tries to shoot Komarovsky at a party but mistakenly wounds someone else.

We find out that Lara is married to a young soldier named Pasha, who is missing and she has been searching for. She left her daughter, Katya, back home while continuing her search. Yury becomes enamored with Lara, but must return to his wife and son back in Moscow. After they move to another city, Yury runs into Lara again and they begin a two-month long affair. He then decides to end it and confess to his wife, but before he can, he is kidnapped by the partisan army. He is forced to remain until the war between the Tsarist Whites and the Communist Reds ends, and once released, he returns to Lara.

Forced to witness the horrors of war, Yury remains torn between these two women while he struggles to make sense of the world in which he lives. Lara is eventually taken from him once again, and so is his family once they are exiled. Rather than capitulate to the obligatory Weltanschaung he waives the academic life for manual labor and finally dies in a tram, suffering from a heart attack. The critical picture of Soviet society - the price of Revolution- is framed by the philosophical considerations of the problems of good and evil, historical necessity vs. individual freedom, spiritual values as imminent rather than transcendent. Absolutely a must for the literati

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