And Quiet Flows the Don
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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 and Peace (1863-69) immortalized the N

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Paperback, 564 pages
Published December 17th 1989 by Vintage
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Bruce Taylor
I found this book--literally--about 30 years ago while I was a freshman in college. I was wandering around the stacks of the library at Texas A&M University and found the two-book series, And Quiet Flows the Don and the Don Flows Home to the Sea. I was looking for a good book and I was looking for a better program of study (engineering wasn't my thing). I hadn't heard of Mikhail Sholokov and still don't know very many who have. Despite a fairly heavy load in school I dove in and began readin...more
Babak
Sep 25, 2007 Babak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
The most impressive novel that I have read. it is a masterpiece.
Nick
It was aight. Should not have been 554 pages...

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
Fil
The first novel of Sholokhov’s epic ‘Don’ series packs quite a punch. Mixing everyday Cossack life with historic events of early 20th century Russia, it mainly shows us how grandiose events can never eclipse the human condition (as a whole) or the individual emotions we all feel when beset by the vicissitudes of life. In effect, it makes history subordinate to human impulse as opposed to its catalyst.

Part I (Peace) is a glimpse of family and farm life in the Don River region; beautiful, simple y...more
Andrius
Knygoje aprašomi įvykiai vykę daugiau kaip prieš 100 metų, bet iš Michailo Šolochovo pasakojimo galima susidaryti labai aiškų įspūdį - laikas eina, o žmogus iš esmės lieka toks pats. Meistriškai pateikdamas aplinkos peizažą, aprašydamas žmones supančią gamtą, didelį dėmesį skirdamas Dono upės atvaizdavimui, Šorochovas užburia. Jis puikiai perteikia to meto žmonių problemas, siekius, pavydą, meilę, melą ir kitus dalykus, kurie, žvelgiant iš dabartinės perspektyvos, tokie artimi ir šių laikų žmogu...more
Joanne
One of my all time favourites. I've read it at least three times since discovering a battered copy left behind in an empty house, and I love it every time. It's epic, heroic and magnificent.
Euan Macbean
not usually my cup of tea, a book centered on a quiet Cossack farming community by the River Don, in the lead up to the First World War and the subsequent 1917 Russian Revolution. The main characters are the Melekhov family, and in particular their youngest son Gregor.
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
Riley
A Russian epic, which means it explores a lot of heavy themes: war and peace,families and relationships.

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
David Mcdowell
An epic, earthy account of the Don Cossacks around the turbulent times of WW1 seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of a single village on the banks of the upper Don. The first part describes the pre-war setting in the village with very evocative descriptions of the landscape and people. Once war breaks out the focus expands to the greater theatre of Europe and then the Bolshevik civil war. Throughout, the initial characters give context to the military and political turmoil.

I found this one...more
Manray9
I am glad to see "Quiet Flows the Don" is back in print in English! Sholokhov won the Nobel Prize for this novel of war and revolution among the Don Cossack host. Although painted across a backdrop of history, it is primarily the love story of Gregor and Aksinya. As much of great 20th century Russian literature, the style harks back to Tolstoy, but the subject matter is undeniably Soviet. Published in 1929, "Quiet Flows the Don" was the pinnacle of Sholokhov's career. He never again produced a w...more
Paddy Docherty
Jun 01, 2008 Paddy Docherty rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I wouldn't especially recommend it
I enjoyed this very much to start with, but ultimately found it disappointing. For the first half or so it's great, with an evocative account of the life of Don Cossacks before WWI - some of the writing about the steppe, the river Don, the wildlife and natural world etc, is wonderful. The characters are introduced well, even compellingly, and the book builds up well to the outbreak of war. The combat experiences of the Cossacks can be gripping.

However, when the narrative gets to the Russian Revo...more
Mughees Bukhari
finally completed it ,took a lot of time but it was worth every second,sholokov description of Cossack life their moral corruption and the impact of war on the life of a common Russian was simply amazing,and the image he painted of don valley make me wish to go there
a book worth reading ,totally tolstoyesque
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I've read this book (and its companion "The Don Flows Home to the Sea) three times now. It is a book that catches my imagination in a very powerful way because I can identify with one part of it - the pettiness and rivalry within a peasant village - since it reminds me of what I saw as a young teenager in my grandfather's village in Southern Poland. It has that sense of reality that only one who has lived through it and experienced it at first hand can get. The second half - the First World war,...more
Geoffrey Cubbage
A very fine example of the novelist's craft. The book starts with a father and his two sons, and from there spreads into a cast of characters and stories spanning the whole of revolutionary Russia. If there's an opposite to pretentious literature this is it; everything is earthy and to the point.

The subject matter is, fairly obviously, dark and violent and largely awful. Don't read it to cheer yourself up.

Geoffrey Cubbage
Misanthropology 101
Justin Mitchell
This book started out amazing, sort of a Tolstoy for the proletariat, but about three-quarters through, Sholokhov suddenly all but abandons his protagonist and brings all these secondary characters into the foreground. The narrative spine got seriously cracked after that. Now I guess I know that Pynchon was not the first cop out on you like that. But it´s worth reading for its vivid portrayal of cossack culture. Not as profound as Dostoevsky but not as bougie as Tolstoy, Sholokhov is worth a loo...more
Marisa
I read this book in high school and I just remember it going on and on f o r e v e r.It would vary between episodes of violence and absolutely nothing happening for hundreds of pages. I guess I learned some history along the way, but it might be more exciting to just read a history book of Russia!
Melissa Medler
Depressing Russian novel is depressing. Lots of insight and emotion during WWI on the Russian side and life in the Don Provence.
Mbsinnott
I read this at Buff State and saw it referrenced recently in another book review. Brought back some good memories.
Dan Griswold
Read this in college. Memorable. Some dispute over who was the actual author.
Fuschia
2/10, had to abort after 42 pages, too much violence.
MaRia
less interesting than War and Peace, but worth reading
Raghavendra Prasad
Nov 24, 2007 Raghavendra Prasad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Fantastic book. widest canvass. a must read.
Ken
I'm glad I'm not: a Russian Cossack; a prole; royalty; bourgois; part of the intelligentsia, or a kulak.
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Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people."
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