Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Review: Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

I was a lot less impressed with Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago than I thought I’d be. The sad thing is that it was not the length of the book that was my problem…the characters just didn’t hold my attention. Thinking I was missing something, I asked my wife, who is as big a reader of difficult material as I am, what she thought. Her opinion is that it was the romanticized movie and his political activity that has caused this work to be so popular, but that she had not cared for it either.

I may come back to it someday — I am willing to believe that my perspective is far from the only one, so the book may well deserve another chance. Or it may be that this book needs to be read, not listened to.

Still, I feel like I’ve been through a war just to get through it, and it will definitely be a while before I contemplate picking it up again.

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