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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Mass Market Paperback, 571 pages
Published February 12th 1981 by Ballantine Books (first published November 1957)
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Maaike Rotteveel-Wagenaar Tania is the daughter of Joeri and Lara.... Lara had to leave Tania behind, Joeri never knew they had a daughter. So Lara was pregnant when she left…moreTania is the daughter of Joeri and Lara.... Lara had to leave Tania behind, Joeri never knew they had a daughter. So Lara was pregnant when she left him.... thought it was so tragical.(less)
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Violet wells
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, classics
When I read this in my early twenties it went straight into my top ten favourite novels. All the ravishing set pieces of snow, the high adventure of the long train journeys through spectacular landscapes and Yuri and Lara as the romantically bound orphans of the storm was irresistible to my romantic young imagination. On top of that, as you’d expect from a poet, the novel is alive with memorable piercing images. This was my third time of reading it. I still loved it but it would no longer make m ...more
Nataliya
There was no way I could ever escape reading Doctor Zhivago. After all, I'm a proud daughter of a literature teacher; this book earned the Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak; and it has been staring at me from the top of my to-read pile for years with quiet accusation.

And so, reader, I finally read it.

Doctor Zhivago is an interesting novel. It is very character-centered but is absolutely *not* character-driven. It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent, violent and uncertain but
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Nayra.Hassan
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
كيف تعز الثورات قوم..و تذل اخرين
هذا اكثر ما أسرني في دكتور زيفاجو
أشهر وأهم الروايات المهربة عبر القرن 20..
.ميلودراما تاريخية رومانسية..سياسية نقدية

..ابطالها خمسة يظل الحب سادسهم...لستة وعشرين عام حافلة باحداث دموية متلاحقة. .فارقة
..زيفاجو من الكلاسيكيات الحتمية..اى لابد ان تقراها في مرحلة ما من حياتك...فهي تنتمي لأدب الثورات
..ادب الحرب..
ادب رومانسي
أدب تاريخي ..
و لكنها إنسانية في المقام الأول 💫
.فاكثر ما مسني في الرواية هي مشاعر عزيز قوم ذل...يوري الشاعر الفيلسوف الذي يتمتع بمزاج الفنان و حساسيته.
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Barry Pierce
There is one edition of Doctor Zhivago whose cover boasts that it is 'one of the greatest love stories ever told'. In fact, that one tagline is what almost put me off reading this epic novel from Russian master-poet Boris Pasternak. This is a hefty book. I didn't want to dedicate all my time to a soppy love story. Thankfully, calling Doctor Zhivago a 'love story' is like saying Crime and Punishment is about the perils of being a pawnbroker.

Doctor Zhivago is a vast novel. Like most great Russian
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Algernon
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Algernon by: David Lean
Shelves: 2015

It snowed, it snowed over all the world
From end to end.
A candle burned on the table,
A candle burned.


I have spent three hours just writing down my bookmarks in the text, and in the end I realised that all I needed was this little stanza from one of the Zhivago’s poems included at the end of the novel. We need art to illuminate a bleak existence, to comfort us in the cold, lonely hours when sleep refuses to come and the abyss is gazing back at us. Pasternak was such a bright candle in my life, a
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Ken
You'd think, having Julie Christie as a mistress and Geraldine Chaplin as a wife, that you couldn't do much better than that in life. Alas, you can, because if it's that good and it's all taken away and your net time with each amounts to squatski (Russian for "squat"), in the scheme of your life, maybe life's a bitch after all.

Dr. Zhivago brings us another Russian opus dealing with man as pawn against the great playing board of history. You can see why the Soviets banned the book, too, as its vi
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Kinga
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be a difficult review to write as I have developed a real love-hate relationship with this book. It is an epic story about a man, who is supposed to be this tragic hero separated from the women he loved by the cruel times of revolution and civil war. If you ask me, he was just a … (fill in with your favourite word for describing a man with commitment and fidelity issues). I guess we can interpret the whole storyline as a metaphor of that period of Russian history, in which case ...more
Cheryl
A Russian song is like water in a mill pond. It seems stopped and unmoving. But in its depths it constantly flows...By all possible means, by repetitions, by parallelisms, it holds back the course of the graudally developing content...Restraining itself, mastering itself, an anguished force...it is a mad attempt to stop time with words.


Here, Pasternak's character was describing a song, but I do believe Pasternak was defining his novel. Or maybe I just want to believe it, for this book is ind
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Αριστούργημα!!!

Αριστούργημα από πολλές απόψεις. Το έργο αυτό έχει δύο όψεις, την ερωτική ιστορία, αλλά κυρίως την ιστορία και την πολιτική κατάσταση, με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο γραμμένα. Πολύ ισχυρή προσωπικότητα και ο ίδιος ο Pasternak.

Μια πολύ ωραία ιστορία, με τους έρωτες, με τα δράματα, κλασικό δείγμα ρωσικής λογοτεχνίας, στέκεται επάξια δίπλα στα μεγάλα έργα Tolstoy και Dostoyevsky. Το σημαντικότερο για μένα είναι ότι εξιστορεί ίσως τη χειρότερη περίοδο της Ρωσίας, για την οποία δεν γνωρίζουμε
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Sara
”The forest does not change its place, we cannot lie in wait for it and catch it in the act of change. Whenever we look at it, it seems to be motionless. And such also is the immobility to our eyes of the eternally growing, ceaselessly changing history, the life of society moving invisibly in its incessant transformations."

Doctor Zhivago is about nothing, if not about change, transformation, upheaval and survival. Set against the background of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Doctor Zhi
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Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow to talented artists: his father a painter and illustrator of Tolstoy's works, his mother a well-known concert pianist. Though his parents were both Jewish, they became Christianized, first as Russian Orthodox and later as Tolstoyan Christians. Pasternak's education began in a German Gymnasium in Moscow and was continued at the University of Moscow. Un ...more
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