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How the Steel Was Tempered

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,947 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
В настоящую книгу вошел роман советского писателя Н.Островского "Как закалялась сталь", где в яркой художественной форме раскрывается образ молодого борца революции Павла Корчагина.
376 pages
Published September 1973 by Central Books Ltd (first published 1934)
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Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nabila by: Naziur Rahman
Shelves: russian, half-fiction
শেষ করতে পারলাম তাহলে!! [বিজয়ীর হাসি]

খারাপ কথাবারতা আগে লিখি...
বইটা সমপরকে সবচেয়ে পরচলিত পরশংসা হল এটা মঙগলগরহে নিয়ে যাবার জনয সবচেয়ে বেশী ভোট পাওয়া বই। তবে আমি খুব ভাল করেই জানি যে এই বই আমি মঙগল গরহে নিচছি না। একবছর ধরে আসলে বইটা পড়তে থাকলেও এবার শুরু থেকে পাঁচ দিনে পড়লাম। এর জনয নিজেকে রং চা, দুধ-চা, কফি চা, গরম কফি, কোলড কফি, বলযাক কফি সহ নানা ধরণের ঘুষ পরদান করতে হয়েছে। আর নিজেকে ঘুষ পরদানের সুবযবসথা খুব সমভবত মঙগল গরহে থাকবে না। জানি না দোষটা কার, লেখকের না অনুবাদকের, কখনো মনে হয়েছে লেখকে
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Antonius Block
Zvezdica manje zbog mog entuzijastičnog oca koji je tokom restrikcija devedesetih, kad god bismo nas troje klinaca kukali kako nam je hladno, uvek odgovarao da smo mi neki Korčaginovci, skinuli bismo se do pasa i išli da sečemo drva uz povik: “Ne, drugovi, sada je toplo!”
Mariel Duarte
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
i read this book years ago and i wasn't able to understand it because of my age, but now is really one of my favorites, i could believe the emotions of the character as if they were real and not something someone made up, even thought im not entirely sure if i like the character of pavel korchaguin due to the narrow minded in wich he is portraited and the fact that he has no toleration to other way of thinking that is not his own, and his true is the only true, but you can blame it to the histo ...more
Emgi
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book long ago. I was maybe ten years old. (30 y ago..?)wow!!!
it was my dad who started reading it. he read a few pages aloud to me and my sisters. we were so "enamored" of Pavel and his adventures alot.
when Dad was at work, we read a few pages ... and then after a few days I red it by myself alone! I could not leave it from me, this amazing book. a year later I saw the movie at a cinema in Tehran.I have strong memories of the book. it is well writen.Yes it does propaganda but it sh
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ένα συγκλονιστικό και συγκινητικό έργο από τον Ostrovsky, ο οποίος στην ουσία περιγράφει την ιστορία της Ουκρανίας την εποχή της ρωσικής επανάστασης. Ο τραγικός ήρωας ταυτίζεται με τη ζωή του ίδιου του συγγραφέα, ο οποίος πέθανε μόλις 32 ετών, γράφοντας μέχρι τελευταία στιγμή στο κρεβάτι.
Rdt
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is probably the most famous example of Socialist Realism, which was the only approved writing style of the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. Ostrovsky vigorously toes the party line, extolling the virtues of the Red Army, the Bolsheviks and collectivization of farms while condemning the Whites, the bourgeoisie, the Trotskyites, bandits, wreckers and a variety of other imaginary enemies of the Soviet state.

This book is also famous for being bad. As literature it gets a solid F. The vocab
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Antara Ghosh
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books, that shaped my childhood dreams.
Nikolai Ostrovsky is definitely my all time hero ...
Harry Saini
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is not your classic page turner, but for me, it was simply the passion of Pavel Korchagin (the protagonist) that drove me through this book. Read the latter 200 pages in one sitting. You may want to feel a little sorry for Pavel by the end but his enthusiasm makes you realize that feeling sorry would be an insult to him.
Ahmed Sanny
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
কলাস সেভেন থেকে নাইন, এর মধযে কোন এক সময় পড়েছিলাম ইসপাত। মূল বই নয়, অনুবাদ ছিল সেটা। তাও কম করে হলেও দুই যুগ আগের কথা। বিপলবী সংগরাময় জীবন সমপরকে সব চাইতে সপষট ধারনা তৈরি হয়েছি এর পরেই। তারপর এমন ঝোক তৈরি হল যে রুশ বিপলব সংকরানত যা পেতাম তাই গরোগরাসে গিলতাম। নিজেকে অনেক সুখী মনে হয় আমার ছোটবেলা নীলসাদা আর কমপিউটার এর সকরিনের সামনে না হয়ে কেটেছে এমন কিছু অসাধারণ রচনার মাঝে বুদ হয়ে। ...more
Shahid Akhtar
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a book by a person who"burnt the candle of his life from both ends." One of the greatest biography written in a novel form. I read this book in English, Hindi and Marathi.
Huy Linh
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Farha Crystal
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I'm unable to understand the depth of the main character Pavel Korchagin (who seems to pet hatred, violence, and dogmas) but I understand how the immense passion of the young writer ( 1904-1936) to write the book, lying in the bed blind and half paralyzed made the book worth reading.

It's a semi-biography novel of Ostrovsky portraying how the Bolshevik revolution became a need of that time. The socialist realism he feels in earlier Russia, the wartime violence, murder, rape, plunder , r
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Aman
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
think of inspiration and this is one of few books that come to my mind.
a very good description of building of socialist russia and the spirit behind it. but moreover this also entails a great autobiographical adventurous journey of the author. it has so many incidents that we could only wish for, right from the childhood to the youth of the author. more importantly it is a story of endless energy, strength, and spirit to achieve something dear to ones heart. it is story which teaches you how th
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Julia
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am very disappointed by this book and believe that it became so famous because of its Soviet propaganda. It may be somewhat interesting from historical point of view, but if you want to read about revolution in Russia, there are definitely better historical and fiction books on the topic. "How the Steel Was Tempered" doesn't have much value as a work of art, so I would recommend to save your time and read something else.
Dmitriy
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste, past
Yet another merde of propaganda, making heroes out of the idiots and idiots out of the readers.

No need to mention that this trite tale of heroic deeds of late blind cretin Pavka Korchagin can excite only a very simple proletarian mind that ready to dash for some vague idea, lusting to "expropriate expropriated" and enthrone mediocrity at the global level.
liking
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Жаль, что на сайте нет половинных отметок, рука бы не дрогнула поставить произведению три с половиной балла, поскольку 4 - оценка для полюбившейся книги, а эту историю я перечитывать не возьмусь. Слишком уж скуп язык, слишком силен идеологический дух, пронизывающий каждый абзац, слишком возведен в культ образ Павки. Но обо всем по порядку.
Книга хороша в фактологическом смысле. Поскольку лично меня интересует период становления Советского союза, процесс расслоения народа на приверженцев старого с
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rosshalde
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ostrovski'nin otobiyografik özellik taşıyan bu romanı Pavel Korçagin adında Ukraynalı bir gencin devrim sürecine dahil oluşu üzerinden inancın ve başarmanın hikayesini anlatıyor.

Yalın anlatımı sebebi ile çok eleştirilen bir kitap bu, ama aksine benim en hoşuma giden yönlerinden biriydi. 20. yüzyılın yazın anlayışını taşıması benim için bir eksi değil çok büyük bir artı açıkçası. Mikro anlamda devrim sürecinin en küçük kasabalarda nasıl yaşandığını, sıradan insanları nasıl etkilediğini, kaosun i
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LULU lee
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
: The most precious thing is life and we only have life once. The person's life should be spent this way: When he looks back, he does not regret for wasted years, not because of mediocrity and shame —the quote from the book How the steel was tempered.
Speaking of Paul, my admiration can not help that he was a hero, he is a stubborn man when he had to withdraw from the battlefield wounded occasion, he still kept trying to contribute in the rear. When he was diagnosed with the nerve had trouble, h
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Chi Mai
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hiện thân của tác giả, lí tưởng của tác giả, sự cống hiến của tác giả đều nằm trong nhân vật trung tâm Pavel- chiến sĩ Soviet thiếu niên . Cuộc sống của con người vô sản này, không có của cải nhưng anh có những điều lớn lao hơn, anh có 1 gia đình yêu thương mình, có một người con gái yêu anh da diết, có một lí tưởng sống trường tồn.
Ngoài ra, chiến tranh ác liệt quá.

Đọc Thép đã tôi thế đấy là thấy mình cần tìm một con đường cho bản thân, đừng ai ngại điều gì,

giác ngộ!
Linh
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bad literature, pure propaganda piece. Chả hiểu sao nó lại có thể khiến nhiều thế hệ say mê, thần tượng cái anh cuồng tín và dở người đấy?
Yiming li
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Say to the steel is you this book, it is not strange for everybody! The book speaks a strong and brave hero, Paul till golden.
Read the steel is you this book, I realized that a person's life is for his perseverance has a great influence on. He said the book, Paul was the hero's gold, his life is tough, but by what he himself to survive? Is perseverance. Perseverance gave his boundless strength, god has made him a three times since the understanding of life. ZhuHe sailors came, he was attracted b
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Paul
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure that Ostrovsky's semi-autobiographical novel of a young man growing up in Ukraine through the Russian Revolution, and subsequent civil war between the Whites and Red Army, has aged well. As a child my mother read this to me and my brother and I remembered it as more of a ripping yarn than it actually is.

The first part tells the story of our hero, young Pavel's town through the occupation by first the Germans, then the Bolsheviks, the White army of Ukrainians and Poles, then the Bols
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Tony Wang
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will recommend a very good book for everybody,it named how the steel was tempered. Do you think this book is about “Steel”? You must be wrong.Just read it, and know what it about.You will love it,trust me.The story is a fictionalized autobiography. It is about a person only in the revolution to defeat the enemy in the difficulties and hardships can overcome their own,only in their pursuit and the motherland,the people's interests linked together,will create a miracle,only the growth of the iro ...more
Sam
Here we have the classic Soviet story which is by all accounts an autobiographical historical fiction work. Many reviews often dismiss this novel due to its Bolshevik tone. In doing so, they miss the main gist of the entire novel: what makes an average person into a giant?

Pavel Korchagin begins a life of struggle working in a kitchen with abusive employers during the time of Tsar. As the winds of history change, so too Pavel grows along with them. As the story progresses, Pavel endures many tria
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Jacky Tan
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is really a classic that it worth reading. Like what the title reveals, the strength, the will, are hard like steel.
It gives me an idea that a country and an era that I have ever experienced, I do remember my grandpa tells me how his life was like thirty or forty years ago, which is definitely away from me, but I can make some connections between these two scene, which is kind of fantasy for me, and think about it for a while, the picture is also clear and I can even imagine the harsh environ
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Raigo Loide
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is written by a fanatic. The author is so obsessed with his dogmas that he seems religious rather than political, and yet it's politics he is dedicating his life to. The communism as he understands and practices it.
So it's a great book. I dislike the main character and most of the moral principles in the book seem to be from medieval times, but it has strength and the book is enjoyable to read. Fanatics do have power in their words. Belief is the heart of life and sometimes it may not b
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Shuvro Das
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and thumping testimony of the hailed Bolshevik Revolution of Soviet Union and I think this is one of the most knowingly written novel regarding this event. Pavel Korchagin earns our sympathy as a tragic hero but his life of relentless works towards righteousness teaches us profoundly to remain in the path of justness and integrity.Sure, his ending is pathetic but the closing of the novel gives us a glimpse of hope. Long live the comrades and the revolution. Proud to complete the novel ...more
Ima Charu
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An autobiography of Nikolai Ostrovsky, which portray how the Bolshevik revolution became a need of the society. The author became more of a storyteller and sketched the political,social and economic scenario in Russia. One of the most evident novels which imply Bolshevik revolution was a part of people's life back then. The emotional involvement of the author with his struggle overpower the story. But once someone starts reading it,it's hard to put off.
Fadwa Qamhia
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the first part of the book, it filled me with the spirit of revolution. Pavel is no strange person to me, I know and hear of heroes that resist and fight for their cause since I was a child and until now. The collaborative work, the mutual eager for freedom, the fight for your cause are present both in the book and in my life. I know I would have been great friends with Nickolai Ostrovsky, because revolutionaries are the same no matter where or when.
Tarun Rattan
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Power of love, fatal attaction of women & resolution of men are so beautifully captured in this novel. One of the books that leaves its imprint all over you once you finish it. It teaches you about life, love, passion, loyalty & determination.
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Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Островский) was a Soviet socialist realist writer, who published his works during the Stalin era. He is best known for his renowned novel How the Steel Was Tempered on the Russian Civil War.
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