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September Back-to-book club Meet-up

  • Sep 18, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read is “Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Novel by Boris Pasternak, published in Italy in 1957. This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987. One of the results of its publication in the West was Pasternak's complete rejection by Soviet authorities; when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 he was compelled to decline it. The book quickly became an international best-seller. Dr. Yury Zhivago, Pasternak's alter ego, is a poet, philosopher, and physician whose life is disrupted by the war and by his love for Lara, the wife of a revolutionary. His artistic nature makes him vulnerable to the brutality and harshness of the Bolsheviks; wandering throughout Russia, he is unable to take control of his fate, and dies in utter poverty. The poems he leaves behind constitute some of the most beautiful writing in the novel


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  • Dianne J.

    We had a good discussion with everyone sharing their ideas about this Russian classic. We thought it was difficult to read but buried beneath all the history, political philosophy, military episodes, and name confusion are passages of surpassing, surprising beauty. As we read this novel, we developed new sympathy for the Russian people who were forced to struggle through cataclysmic times--World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Russian Civil War.

    September 19, 2012

  • Dianne J.

    Ten people joined the discussion on Dr. Zhivago: Kevin McLeod, Trish Collins, Tara Clarini, Ellen Marcolongo, Pattie, Johnny Ray, Leslie Potts, Paricia Pettijohn, Kathie Gorman, and I. As usual, there were a number of no-shows;the restaurant had reserved two large tables placed together, but we only needed one. We had a lively discussion with everyone participating. We are looking forward to next month's change of pace when we share what we have learned about witches, warlocks, and other scary things.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Dianne. It is After Dark for November. I will post it and the book for December this evening. You will be selecting a book for January. Don't worry about $$ tonight...this is a freebie for the group. I'm sorry to miss the discussion tonight but I appreciate that the group is self sustaining! See you in October for our witches discussion!

    September 18, 2012

  • Dianne J.

    Enjoy your fiance's birthday with him. We can pass around a sheet and have everyone sign it. I think there is a ground swell movement for After Dark, but that is November's meeting so there is time to decide. I am sure I can find questions for Zhivago if no one else volunteers. See you in October.

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would someone be interested in being managing the meeting (keeping track of who attends and letting me know the next book selected) for this evenings meeting? Today is my fiancé's birthday and I would like to spend the evening with him. But I will come to book club if I have no one to fill in. Thanks all!

    September 18, 2012

  • Kathie

    Just started reading this. It's not as intimidating as I thought it would be - if you can remember the 3 names that every Russian person seems to have! :)

    August 11, 2012

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