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Ray Ray said: " I don't have this particular edition, but I adore Pushkin. Eugene Onegin is, of course, a masterpiece. But the other pieces in this collection are sometimes overlooked. A few words on some the pieces that I have read:

The Bronze Horseman is considered
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Война и мир by Leo Tolstoy
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This is THE novel. The scope is enormous, the cast vast, the themes and characters profound. And yet, it all holds together so darn well that for long sections every chapter reads like a short story. It's hard to compare War and Peace to most other n ...more
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Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
"If the Soviet Union had actually taken over the world, the only good thing that would have come of it is this: everybody would've been able to read Pushkin in the original. No one would own a car and most people would lack basic non-durables, but..." Read more of this review »
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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Demons
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
read in June, 2013
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I'm a Pushkin fan. Thus, I've always had mixed feelings about Dostoevsky; Dostoevsky takes himself SO seriously, compared to Pushkin, his characters discourse about philosophy, and he lacks Pushkin's attention to form. But this novel, The Demons, co
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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Стихотворения. Поэмы. "Евгений Онегин". Драматические произве... by Alexander Pushkin
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I don't have this particular edition, but I adore Pushkin. Eugene Onegin is, of course, a masterpiece. But the other pieces in this collection are sometimes overlooked. A few words on some the pieces that I have read:

The Bronze Horseman is considered
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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
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"Wow" was all I could say after initially finishing the book. First, this is the most powerful writing style I've seen in a fantasy novel. Le Guin channels the flavor of Anglo-saxon poetry with her word combinations like "dream-peace" and "weapon-hur ...more
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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Yes, the complete and unabridged version is almost 1500 pages long. Yes, there are long digressions from the plot. But without them, although we still have arguably the most compelling storyline/plot ever written, we lose the vastness of Hugo's scope ...more
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Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
Eugene Onegin
by Alexander Pushkin
read in January, 2009
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This is one of the finest books I've ever read! I have jokingly said, "I recommend this book to anyone who likes anything." While that's a bit of an exaggeration, this book really has it all:
The story manages to be both compelling and a parody at the
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