And Quiet Flows the Don
Sholokhov's book introduces the reader to a New World that is not merely the Don Region, but the world of the author's inimitably poetic prose; giving fifteen years of his life to the creation of And Quiet Flows the Don. He began the first book at the age of twenty, in 1926. The last was finished in 1940. While Leo Tolstoy's novel War...more
The first section ("Peace") held my attention because I had never read descriptions of the olde tyme Cossack lifestyle before. It was cool to see their daily life for a while (espicially as an ethnic and social group distinct from the surrounding mostly Russian peasantry). However in later sections the book dwelt heavily on the goings on of this village region. This is problematic for a few reasons. 1) we already got all that information in the firs...more
Part I (Peace) is a glimpse of family and farm life in the Don River region; beautiful, simple y...more
The beginning of the book follows Gregor's lifestyle and love life, showing the simple and at times barbarous, unpredictable way the Cossacks lived, their lives were dictated by the seasons and the great River Don and the characte...more
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but found that the character development dropped off in the latter half as its focus shifted into World War I, the revolution and the civil war.
Though every Russian epic is somewhat about sex -- which is probably equally true of all literature -- I was surprised at how frank this book was on the subject. And like a lot of the greats of the genre, i...more
I found this one...more
However, when the narrative gets to the Russian Revo...more
The subject matter is, fairly obviously, dark and violent and largely awful. Don't read it to cheer yourself up.