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message 1: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Can't wait to see what you think. I have never read the book but watched the movie numerous times.


message 2: by Jenny (new)

Jenny This is a great review, Julie! I agree with everything you said about this novel and the experience one has when reading it. The most impressive aspect of it for me was the way that Pasternak’s passion comes through his words. Knowing a little bit about his biography makes it clear—he was writing what he knew and what he cared about. Present in DZ is definitely the “note of pity” that Oscar Wilde claims for Russian literature. But there’s also hope and beauty, which your review expresses wonderfully.


message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie Jenny,
You made my day, resurrecting my "top secret" review of one of my most favorite books. Consider yourself part of a select dozen who have shared my thoughts on this masterpiece. This is the only book that ever made me wish I had learned Russian!


message 4: by Jenny (new)

Jenny It deserves to be brought into the light. And by that, I mean your review and this novel. It’s funny that I rated it a ridiculous 3.75 because the impression it left on my mind is a 4 or 5-star memory. I would love to read this in Pasternak’s original language—I definitely think this is a case where the translation can’t do the original justice. I’m glad to be part of the select group :)


message 5: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Julie wrote: "This man scoured his soul to write this novel. This was a true labor of love, a uniquely authentic examination of God, the meaning of our lives, and the roles we play in society, government, religion, marriage and more."

This novel remains on my reading docket because of your jeweled review, Julie. More American authors should aspire to writing the Great Russian Novel.


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie Jenny,
I have rated several books "5 stars" and then have never thought about them again, and I have rated a few 3.5 or 4 stars and thought about them regularly and have gone on to read them again. I often think it would be better to review a book after some time has passed, but I can never pull it off, because I've got to strike while the iron is hot or I can't summon the right memories or replicate the feeling I have at the book's ending.
This particular book has almost haunted me, I've thought of it so often.


message 7: by Julie (new)

Julie Thank you, Joe. I hope you work your way to it some day. It's complicated, but it's so worth your time (as most complicated things are).

If Boris Pasternak was alive and could be a current spokesperson of his country, what with all of his tender poetry and deep feels. . . the Americans would be drinking a lot more vodka and the Russians would be eating a lot more hot dogs.


message 8: by Matt (new)

Matt Tandy I’ve looked at reading this and passed many times. I haven’t seen the film, so I really had no idea what it was about. Your review has definitely placed this on my to-read list. Probably not during the summer, but definitely a fall book. Excellent review Julie


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Can you message me please? Something hapened today and i really neeed my big sister…


message 10: by Julie (last edited Jun 04, 2018 07:13PM) (new)

Julie Wow, thanks for the Goodreads love this evening, Matt. It's very thoughtful of you.
I think you are right about autumn or winter as a good season and I think the proper mind-set is essential here. I started this and thought. . . no way I'm finishing this, I'll never keep up with the names or the history, and then it was like I would die if I didn't go through the journey with Zhivago, help keep him safe. This one has the power of Stoner for me, a quiet beauty that seeps into your bloodstream.


message 11: by Sue (new)

Sue K H I saw your comment on Lyn's review and had to read yours. Great review Julie. I love this book so much.


message 12: by Julie (new)

Julie Thank you, Sue. I've actually been itching to reread it. What an amazing, life-altering novel!


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