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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Well done, sir! Well done!

message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben And I'm not talking about steak!

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I have seen this movie so many time it's sick, and I love the book too.

message 4: by Grace Tjan (new)

Grace Tjan "But that's the point and the reason for the fifth star, actually. Poetry. Frequently, the narrative in this book slows down for some beautiful poetic writing, for some reason handled more deftly by Pevear & Volokhonsky in the prose than in the unforgiving confines of verse."

This is also an aspect of the book that is most appealing to me. And I actually found the epilogue to be quite poignant.

Great review!

message 5: by Ken (last edited Feb 26, 2011 02:30AM) (new)

Ken Pasternak even makes ironing romantic. IRONING. I think the movie picked up on this, too, but it helped to have Julie Christie doing the ironing.

I do not mean to deny the epilogue, it's just always difficult to go on when a book has such powerful protagonists and finishes them via the maw of brutal reality instead of through the gentle exit of "happily ever after"....

message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Canoeist Excellent review, NE. I wanted to see your overall take on the book, since the CR discussion is slow getting underway. But here's my question: Are you sure you'd want Lara as your wife?

If we block out Julie Christie from our memory for a moment, here's what Lara actually does: as a teenager, she gets into that illicit relationship with Victor, and she enjoys it. She says so once, at least. But she is shamed, too -- and blames all of that shame on Victor.

I'm not sure what went wrong in the marriage, so I'll pass over it... but something definitely had gone wrong. Anyway, then she takes up with Zhivago, and seems to have no special concern over his wife and family. Yes, she does tell him to go back to Tonya at one point, but.....

And then, in the end, she has something to confess to, but is unable even to say it to Zhivago's dead body at his wake. Had she gone back to her relationship with Victor, probably her financial helper? Or had she become a prostitute? Those were the two possibilities that seemed to arise, to my reading. Yet doesn't she have those nursing skills to employ?

So -- when we look over Lara's total record -- are you sure you'd want to marry her??? Julie Christie as a GF is one thing, but Lara as a wife? I think I'd summon up the willpower and pass!

message 7: by Ken (new)

Ken OK, keep Lara and give me Julie (and a time machine, thank you).

Nice summing up of Lara's record, though I'm not ready to agree with the prostitute bit by any means.

message 8: by Lyn (new)

Lyn One of my all time favorite films, brilliant. Twenty pages in and I know that this will be one of my all time favorite books.

message 9: by Melissa (new)

Melissa YU are so funny! Loved your review NewEngland :-)

message 10: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell Excuse me for a moment while I go immerse myself in the late Maurice Jarre's score for the film.

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