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August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Jan 31, 11

bookshelves: bc-copy, russia
Read from January 17 to 31, 2011

Lots of characters to try and keep track of - particularly difficult with all the army men. Also when a character is introduced in the first 100 pages and then we don't see them again for over 500 pages, it's hard to remember!
But an amazing book. Poor Samsonov - he tried so hard but was fighting against general incompetence, fatigue, etc. And Vorotyntsev was a heroic character that I really rooted for, but it was obvious that with all the high-up positions based on cronyism and noble relatives (or seniority in years) nothing would change. The last chapter was brutal, tragic, but unsurprising.
I'm quite glad that warfare these days doesn't include horses - 10,000 horses died in 24 hours before the fighting had even started, from cold, unripe grain, drowning in flooded sandy roads, etc.

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