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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak's originalhis style, rhythms, voicings, and tonein this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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ChaoticMissAdventures 😂😂😂 this is on my list for this year and watching everyone here and how much they didn't enjoy it has me scared. 1w
MatchlessMarie @ChaoticMissAdventures my recommendation would be to take your time with it and read a print or ebook copy not the audio like I did. I feel like this is a book that you need to study as you go because there are so many names and it‘s easy to get lost. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @MatchlessMarie thanks! Russian can be so difficult with all the names, good to know that audio is not the way to go. 1w
BkClubCare 😂👏 1w
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Late posting but I did actually finish it. I listened to this one on audio which I now think wasn‘t a wise choice for someone coming into this story blind. I may attempt again on another medium. But reading this book did make me want to read more about Pasternak himself. #WinterGames #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers #Adventathon #WrapItUpReadathon 506 words for #WGWordSearch #BookSpinBingo #DecemberChill

BarbaraBB Great review. And kudos for finishing after reading so little encouraging reviews on Litsy. 2mo
Cinfhen I tried audio and it was wayyyyyy too difficult to keep track of everyone!! Super impressive that you were able to get through the whole audio….must have been 20+ hours!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
ozma.of.oz Very impressive! 👍🏻 2mo
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Question 5 of 5: Did the book teach you a lot about communism and its rise in Russia?

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TrishB Didn‘t read enough to benefit from the story! 2mo
BookwormAHN Yes, it did but I'm still a little confused by what exactly happened. Seems terrifying though. 2mo
Billypar In a weird way, the same parts that make me fascinated about the history are the reason I'm not liking the novel as a whole more. The extended sequences with side characters reacting to the general upheaval really make you feel like you're in a time machine watching the aftermath of the revolution unfold. But they slow the main story down to a slow crawl. 2mo
Librarybelle I think it gives a perspective of those who lived through this transition, one that those who did not live in Russia would not understand. It sounds terrifying, to say the least. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Billypar I agree that the historical parts are partly what make the story so unique and partly slow it down indeed. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I‘m sure you‘re right that there is a lot below the surface that non- Russians don‘t get completely. 2mo
Simona Nothing I wouldn't know already 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona You learned lot about it at school probably too. I know I did, Communism was an important subject during my high school years. 2mo
TheBookHippie I studied Russian History and Literature in high school and college and still do to this day. I think that definitely helps my reading of this. I think it touches on it to show what is going on but to understand the whole story you would have to read some Russian back story and history I would think. Not sure. I am however glad it is in the story woven quite lyrically. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie That is very interesting. Like I pointed out above, I learned a lot about Russia and communism too but not in college. Which novel do you think represents that phase of Russia best? 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB That and the duck and cover under your desk for when they bomb us!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB OH GOSH. Now I'll have to go to my Russian bookshelf and think on that!! I'll get back to you!! 2mo
vlwelser It was interesting. I didn't realize there were 4 factions fighting and that 2 of them were Ukrainian. But that may have been from the translation notes in my edition and not the text itself. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie I‘d love to hear your recommendation but don‘t feel obliged to research your Russian shelf again! 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie We didn‘t duck in school, but I was in Europe, things felt maybe a bit further away for us although the Cold War was always on our mind. 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I do think THE GENTLEMEN OF MOSCOW was really done well. And funnily enough Danielle Steel Zoya the back story Russia is accurate. Learning about the Tzars is really helpful I think. Especially Nicholas and Alexandra and the Romanov and then of course Stalin. Oy. It is so very VAST. 2mo
Cinfhen Totally agree @Billypar @BarbaraBB Mother Russia is a unique character all her own in this novel but I was definitely confused and unclear as to all the different factions @vlwelser Reds, Whites, peasants etc 2mo
Simona @TheBookHippie I couldn‘t agree with you more! It pissed me off every time when I see that Ana Karenina is love story. It is much, much more than that … the same with Dr. Zhivago. 2mo
TheBookHippie OOO This one is 'newer' and I thought a good read. YA book 2mo
Cinfhen Agreed @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle the citizens really suffered and this novel describes the hardships so we‘ll much better than A Gentleman in Moscow ( which I loved!!!!) but did not sympathize with nearly the same way. My problem with this book was the ENDLESS DESCRIPTIONS and drudgery it was brutal 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie Yes, I loved that one too! 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, but my learning was from different perspective than yours, I assume. We have to learn how to defend ourselves from western thinking 😘 2mo
TheBookHippie @Simona OMG do not get me started on Anna is a love story!! No. just NO. I love it but NO THAT IS NOT THE STORY. UGH. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Simona I get that some of the western thinking is actually awful. Ha. 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes, your perspective was completely different. I‘m not sure how old you are but did you go the school in communist times?? 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie @Simona I completely agree on Anna Karenina. A book I loved but for many reasons. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie I‘m surprised about the Steel! I don‘t think I‘ll read it but I WILL follow your thoughts on your January challenge. Sounds intriguing! 2mo
Simona I‘m 50 @BarbaraBB and I‘m child of the communism, but in ex-Yugoslavia wasn‘t so hard as it was in some others countries. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona Yugoslavia felt more like Europe to me than other satellites of the USSR but I was rather naïve since I never saw the war coming. You grew up in such a turbulent time! 2mo
Cinfhen You are NOT 50 @Simona !!!!! No way!!! I swear, I thought you were in your 30 years!!! It MUST be THOSE face masks you use. I‘m completely blown away xxxxx 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Yugoslavia was more open than others countries, that is true, and emphasis was more on the socialism than hardcore communism … yes, historically very interesting times. 2mo
Simona Well thank you @Cinfhen I can send you some of those 😘😘😘 2mo
AnneCecilie For me if personifies history and makes it easier to relate to than reading the numbers in a history book. I was reading this at the same time that I was reading The Whisperers so this hit me hard. 2mo
Vansa Not a part of this but adding my 2 cents- I read this book after I had read multiple others that were a lot clearer about the Revolution,so I can't really say I learnt about it from this.We the living,all of Solzhenitsyn's books,Bulgakov's White Guard,Devils by Dostoyevksy (for the buildup to the revolution)were books I learnt about it from!Catherine Merridale's works on this are absolutely spectacular too,Red Fortress and Lenin on the train. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa Thanks so much, you have read a lot and your suggestions are very inspiring! 2mo
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Question 4 of 5: How do you feel regarding Yuri‘s love for Lara? Would you call Doctor Zhivago the “greatest love story ever written”?

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BarbaraBB I would definitely not call it that but the lovestory is what stuck with me since I read it decennia ago. 2mo
BookwormAHN I enjoyed the fact that his love for her wasn't just physical but intellectual. I don't know if I'd call it the greatest love story. 2mo
Librarybelle From what I have read so far, I wouldn‘t say it‘s the greatest love story of all time. But, it‘s a complicated love story filled with tragedy. 2mo
Billypar I haven't read the last third, so a little tough for me to judge, but I've never been a big fan of romantic love affair storylines. The parts where he goes on about how much he loves his wife, even as he's pursuing Lar 2mo
Billypar Lara made me roll my eyes a little. 2mo
TheBookHippie I think the love story is what stuck with me for four decades -WOW- but in reality I think It's because it wasn't smoltzy or physical or romcom. Intellectual love is the right wording @BookwormAHN . When I was 17 I called it 'grownup love' BAHAHAHAHAHA. Oy. Vey. It is my kind of love story in a book for sure. 2mo
vlwelser Maybe not the greatest. But there is something very natural about it. It makes sense that these 2 end up together however briefly. 2mo
Cinfhen I think I was expecting an EPIC love story but when I bailed at around 450 pages I still had yet to see a “love story” I totally agree with @BookwormAHN what a Yuri & Lara shared was not physical but intellectual. Yes @Billypar Yuri was so inflated with himself 🙄I haven‘t seen the film @Librarybelle but I‘m told it‘s emphasis is more about Yuri & Lara & less about the revolution really creating a GREAT LOVE. Truth @TheBookHippie ??? 2mo
Hooked_on_books @TheBookHippie 😂 Our teenage selves had such wisdom, eh? 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen That is accurate. The movie is all “luv“. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books Yes we were- so very wise.........ha. I was so weird in my love of Shakespeare and Classical Literature while dancing in clubs across cities and even state lines (like footloose) what a character.......OY. Grateful I'm too old for social media and cell phones et all.... 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @TheBookHippie anyone who references Footloose is my kind of people 2mo
AnneCecilie For me this isn‘t a love story at all and definitely not the greatest ever. 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve only seen the movie (in which they share more than “intellectual” love), and I felt sorry for his wife. 2mo
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Question 3 of 5: The book was refused publication in the former Soviet Union, can you see why?

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vlwelser 100% yes! He's pretty brutal in his description of what it was like there at the time. And I'm not sure that's something I would want the world to know. If that was my country and I was in charge. 2mo
TrishB Indicative of the control of the government at the time. 2mo
Librarybelle From what I have read so far, Pasternak‘s view of Russia/USSR would anger anyone in the government. Bad depictions of a country, even questioning things happening, would not be good. 2mo
BookwormAHN Definitely, I bet they hated him. 2mo
BarbaraBB I agree, @vlwelser @TrishB @Librarybelle @BookwormAHN Pasternak was very critical of his government. Much more so than many of his famous colleagues 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I agree with all you said. For sure. 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB He was critical only in his books, but in real life he didn‘t do nothing to save Olga Ivinskaya (she was his longtime mistress and Lara is based on her) from gulag - twice! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona Really? That‘s so harsh. You know why he didn‘t? Did you know that, @TheBookHippie ? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Susanita Thanks! That sounds so interesting! 2mo
Cinfhen Agreed @vlwelser @Librarybelle @TrishB @BookwormAHN @Simona He played it both ways. In a fictional book about the writing of Dr Z , it alludes that Pasternak was a national treasure. Well respected and admired by those in charge. It was my love for the fictional book that made me want to read DrZ 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB He was afraid to divorce his wife, because of his moral reputation and the government did take revenge on her to punish him. That is very simplifying explanation, but well explained in 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona I can‘t judge him. Maybe I should read Lara. 2mo
BookwormAHN Now I need to read The Secrets We Keep and Lara. They both sound fascinating. 2mo
AnneCecilie Yes, the situation at the time and the communists are not portrayed in a positive light. 2mo
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Question 2 of 5: Why do you think this book is so universally applauded?

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vlwelser It is sort of beautifully written but I think a lot of the hype comes from the big stink the government made about publishing it. 2mo
Librarybelle I think @vlwelser touches on a key aspect of its popularity - the government banned it, which made people want to read it. There is that sense of tragedy too in the narrative (I‘m not even halfway through, but I get the feeling of it), and almost too like a darker sense of love and romance, which I know I‘m not describing well, but I have felt similarly with other Russian novels (Anna Karenina, for example). 2mo
TrishB Agree, when something gets banned it adds a mystery and a hype to it. 2mo
BookwormAHN I agree about it became more because of the banning but I also think the movie played a bunch in its popularity. 2mo
Simona Because of the big drama behind it. It‘s well written, with well captured big moments in history and small moments in the people‘s hearts … and of course, big drama behind this book doesn‘t hurt … 2mo
TheBookHippie I think the banning and remember back then and even now, people really don't know that much about Russia other than to fear them, depending on when you grew up. To hear a love story-movie helps here-and a love for Russia as a character beautifully written in prose I think helped as well. The mystery of it all I think. The history is written into the storyline very well. 2mo
Cinfhen I love your responses @vlwelser @Librarybelle @TrishB @BookwormAHN @Simona @TheBookHippie I think people came to see Pasternak as the hero / the symbol of a new era and yes, he really did blow the lid off the kettle that no one outside of the Soviet Union was ever exposed to. 2mo
Cinfhen And his prose and descriptions are quite poetic. I did not read his poems - did you @TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN @vlwelser ?? 2mo
vlwelser @Cinfhen I skipped the poems. My brain was just done with it at that point. 2mo
Cinfhen I wonder if the poems add anything more to the story @vlwelser ?? But I hear ya!! 2mo
BookwormAHN @Cinfhen I read them. They were good but some were extremely religious. 2mo
Cinfhen Are they part of his manifesto @BookwormAHN ?? Why were they included in the book?? Do they add to the story?? 2mo
Bookwormjillk I agree with many here that the banning added to the popularity. 2mo
BookwormAHN @Cinfhen They are supposed to be a continuation of Yuri's writing, I guess kind of an afterward, but I didn't think that they added much. 2mo
I.be.Stef I support the comments suggesting the banning leading to the book‘s popularity 2mo
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We‘re starting out #DrZ discussion as the final part of our #DecemberChill weekend. Let‘s see how far we get with discussing this book, that turned out to be a tough one for many of us.

Question 1 of 5: Did you read the book? Did you enjoy it?

Leftcoastzen I didn‘t get to it.😔 2mo
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jenniferw88 I got to chapter 3 and bailed! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen I preferred School for Love too 😉 2mo
Kimberlone I made it about 30% 2mo
MatchlessMarie I did finish it this morning. I found myself enjoying parts of it but it felt disjointed but that‘s probably my fault. I think this one is probably hard to follow without taking notes. (edited) 2mo
vlwelser I finished. And I'm wavering back and forth about whether I actually liked it or not. 2mo
Simona I didn‘t finished it, but I really did try. Twice in English with different translators … I thought that my huge non interest is consequence of translation, and for my third attempt I was reading Slovenian translation. I finally gave up around page 300. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm still reading it. I find I enjoy it in small bits, so it will likely take me months. But I'd rather continue that way and enjoy it, rather than force myself to plow through and dislike it! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘m still reading! It‘s stark, dark, and the abruptness of some of the language seems like the usual Russian literature translated into English prose. I‘m liking it so far, but I still have quite a bit to go! One thing - I forgot that it‘s best to read books like these with breaks. 2mo
Kdgordon88 I bailed early. I probably didn‘t give it a fair shot but it wasn‘t holding my attention. 2mo
TrishB I‘m stuck at about 15%- not sure I will go back! 2mo
BookwormAHN I finished it. I liked the parts with Yury and Lara but felt rather lost with the Revolution. 2mo
BarbaraBB I read it a long time ago and really enjoyed it back then. Looking back I think I read it without knowing too much about its context, I mostly enjoyed the romance parts! 2mo
Billypar I'm 2/3 of the way through it. I've appreciated the writing and historical detail, but there is too much description for my taste without the narrative advancing quickly enough as it went. 2mo
TheBookHippie Yes. I still LOVE it. Me, Myself and I. ❤ 2mo
AWildMandaPanda I‘m about over half way through. So far I am enjoying it. It just took a while to get into it because I kept confusing the character names. 2mo
peaknit I bailed, too heavy for me as it starts getting so dark and cold in the Midwest. Light reads only for me it seems. 2mo
Cinfhen Congrats to you for reading this one @MatchlessMarie @vlwelser @BookwormAHN I kind of wish I stuck with it but it was REALLY DIFFICULT to stay motivated & invested. 2mo
Cinfhen Big kudos to you @TheBookHippie a re-read!!!! 2mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie 😂 You can have this one all to yourself. I liked it but it's not my fav. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy to hear you‘re all still motivated to keep going @Librarybelle @AWildMandaPanda @Billypar @TheKidUpstairs 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m in your camp @jenniferw88 @Kimberlone @Simona @Kdgordon88 @TrishB @peaknit I got to page 450 and I just said EFF it!! I couldn‘t go on any longer 🤪It was SO BLEAK 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I‘m so dark 🖤 the book is soothing to me 😂 2mo
LeahBergen I never started it as I was so turned off by everyone‘s initial impressions. 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I actual think YOU might have enjoyed it! 2mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie I get that. It's soothing because you realize your own life isn't so bad. I may be projecting there. I maybe was in a cheerful place and not ready for this. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Nope! 😂 I think I would have tried it if my hold had come in midway through November when I expected it, but I finally got the book after seeing lots of bail posts, so I ended up not even trying. Maybe I‘ll try it someday now that the idea of reading it has been planted. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I was trying to read the audiobook, but the voice was so soothing I kept falling asleep 🤦‍♀️ I want to try again in print. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I've been dark my whole life. Probably the most peaceful dark person, people sing hello darkness my old friend to me -a lot. BAHAHAHA. 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘ve had it on my shelves for years! 2mo
wanderinglynn No, I wasn‘t in the mindset for it. I may try again after the new year. 2mo
rubyslippersreads I have to confess, I didn‘t read it. Maybe someday … 😏 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I knew I wouldn‘t be able to finish it on time, if I started it. I can‘t do thick classics at this time if the year. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
I.be.Stef Nope! I bailed after reaching 25% 😅 2mo
batsy Sorry for the lack of participation this time around. Didn't read the book but I hope that those who did it found it worthwhile 🙂 2mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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“…listen carefully. You in others-this is your soul. This is what you are. This is what your consciousness has breathed and lived on and enjoyed throughout your life-your soul, your immortality, your life in others. what now? You have always been in others and you will remain in others. And what does it matter to you if later on that is called your memory? This will be you-the you that enters the future and becomes a part of it.” #DECEMBERCHILL

BarbaraBB What a gorgeous quote - and photo 🥰 2mo
BookwormAHN Love that quote 💜 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I am loving my reread. 2mo
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TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN I still love this book. Could be I‘m the only one 😂😂😂 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m glad you‘re loving your reread. I didn‘t dare 😂 2mo
BookwormAHN It was at times a difficult read for me but I enjoyed the relationship between Yury and Lara. It seemed like it was more intellectual than sexual and that can be rare. 2mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN I agree. I also feel like Russia is a character as well. Love that too. 2mo
Ruthiella So nice to hear from some one who actually LIKES it! 🤣 I‘ve not read it but I keep seeing all the BAILED posts. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella it‘s a long time favorite of mine 😂I‘m loving the reread! 2mo
Cinfhen Agree about Russia being a character in the novel!! Pasternak‘s descriptions are really gorgeous. So happy you‘re enjoying the re-read😁 2mo
BookwormAHN I just wish I knew more about Russian history. I felt a little lost at times. 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 💫 2mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN I‘m thinking that is the difference for most people. I have taken classes and read voraciously Russian Literature it makes the read so much more. Plus I have read Russian books and history every Winter for as long as I‘ve been an adult. One of my history loves. It fascinates me. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen I just love it! 2mo
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This is a difficult book. It's continuously hard to get into and the names are difficult to keep straight. But I still enjoyed the relationship between Yury & Lara. And I'm glad I finally read it. Although in this case the movie may be better 🤦🏼‍♀️
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BarbaraBB You did finish it! And give it a pick! That‘s awesome!! 2mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!!!! Congrats for completing the novel!!!!! And I‘m so glad you liked the book 😃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! From what I gather, this can be a tough one to get through, so fabulous work!! 2mo
Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎄🎉🎁👍🏻 2mo
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#DecemberChill I edited down my "Sunday Night" playlist for some chilled out faves: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4sBcEs9WEofectG6zU9aXr?si=4frPPO1ORXaTQwJ6HZTK...

If I have time, I may make a second one with holiday faves, because I'm all about the Christmas music this time of year!

@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle I see Missy Higgins! One of my favorite songs is “Scar” 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Librarybelle yes! Such a good song, it was just released when I was traveling in Australia (oh my lord, that was so long ago!), love it. 2mo
Cinfhen I love seeing people‘s playlists!! I need to listen as I don‘t think I know a lot of these songs ❤️ 2mo
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MaureenMc Patsy Cline 🥰 2mo
Billypar Nice list! Fiona Apple, Jenny Lewis, and Frightened Rabbit are all favorites of mine. 2mo
MatchlessMarie Came across the song Welcome by Hey Rosetta when I turned 33 last month 😜 2mo
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Because 10pm seems like the perfect time to begin Russian literature…🙄 😂

I‘m usually in the minority when it comes to my love for Russian literature, so we‘ll see what I think compared to others participating in #DecemberChill

Cinfhen Good luck 😘 2mo
Reggie 10pm is perfect because it means there‘s 8 whole free hours until 6am. Lol 2mo
KristiAhlers This is one of my all time favorite classics. First one is Les Miserables. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books I haven‘t even cracked it! Not sure I‘ll bother at this point, but it‘s still sitting next to my chair, so we‘ll see. 2mo
Librarybelle That is so true, @Reggie ! 😂 2mo
Librarybelle @KristiAhlers I‘m surprised I have yet to read Les Miserables. It‘s one of the classics I plan to read, hopefully soon! 2mo
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I had in the back of my mind that the discussion is this weekend and yet I forgot to pull it off my shelf to read until yesterday! 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Oh the deep, dark, night definitely is for Russian literature. There's certain books I can only read at night because they get associated as 'night books' in my subconscious. Like I couldn't read William Gibson when it was perfect for a reading mood! But sometimes my reading mood can override the wiring of atmosphere mood. Dostoevskiy's The Idiot is something I want to read soon, been wanting to read it since college (probably 14 years). (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle @tokorowilliamwallace You‘re right…Russian literature has that dark night vibe! 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Librarybelle, although Doctor Zhivago itself has a obligatory-annual-government-office-queue sort of vibe to it, too (along with books about Kant; it's generally a whole separate reading mood to match the interminable environment). It's my favorite film, though! I actually have Gogol short stories to finish, 2 pamphlets by Tolstoi, and recently preordered an edited/synthesized edition of a Kropotkin anarchist manifesto pamphlet, and 1/2 Karenin! (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle @tokorowilliamwallace Wow! I started War and Peace a few years ago but had to drop it because of well, life. But, I do want to read it - one of those books I have to/want to read. 2mo
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Ugh I just realized it is the 29th and #DecemberChill is only 5 days away. Is it feasible I can listen to 19 more hours of Doctor Zhivago before then? Eek! 😬

 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Hahaha!! It‘s painful 😖 I‘m impressed you‘re still holding on!! I called it quits on page 411. I‘m gonna read the Spark notes 😘 2mo
Kimberlone @Cinfhen I already had to quit the physical book, which I only made to about 30% and most of that was last year! I really do want to try to do it! 2mo
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 💚 2mo
Billypar I'm nearing the halfway point, so it's unlikely I'll finish in time either, but I'm giving it a shot. @Cinfhen your last post gave me hope that it would get better, but it sounds like that was short-lived! 2mo
Cinfhen It was!!!! @Billypar but maybe you and @Kimberlone will have better luck 🤞🏼 2mo
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Done. I have no idea how to rate this. I'm going with neutral.

#DecemberChill with @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB

#BookSpinBingo square 4 (down to 1!)

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 you actually finished it?!??!? I‘m on page 407 and feeling stuck !!!! Congrats 🍾🎈🎉 2mo
vlwelser @Cinfhen I mathed it out and just read about 20 pages a day. I'm done now because I'm so over it and not bothering with the poems. 2mo
Cinfhen Oh yeah…I noticed those #NoThanks 2mo
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merelybookish As a casual observer of this read along, you might be the only one who finishes. You might deserve a 🏆 2mo
vlwelser @merelybookish I'm early. They still have a week left. I bet they all slide into home at the last second. 2mo
Cathythoughts Neutral ! That‘s an interesting one 😄😂 Well done on finishing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻( I was an early bail 😬) 2mo
Hooked_on_books Hey, you finished! Nice job! 🥳 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great working sticking this one out!!! 2mo
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Today it‘s me, Yuri & Lara!! On page 350 and I‘m FINALLY seeing the seeds of a story!! It‘s been a LONG, DIFFICULT harvest😉🙄#DecemberChill is one week away!!! I will admit to a little joy when Lara & Yuri reconnect in a library ( that‘s definitely my idea of a romantic encounter)🥰

TrishB Go you 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts P 350 !!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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rockpools Good luck! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great job! You can do this! 💪 2mo
BarbaraBB You rock!! 2mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!!!!!!! 2mo
Cinfhen I think I got ahead of myself @TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @Cathythoughts @rockpools by page 400 I put down the book and started the Wally Lamb, which I‘m LOVING 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen oh that is a good one I read it when it came out! Loooong time ago 🤯 2mo
Cinfhen Published in 1998 @TheBookHippie it‘s SO GOOD - funny and sad - really spectacular storytelling and writing. I‘m in awe 2mo
TrishB At least I have a good one coming up then! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m worried it may affect you differently @TrishB 😔 💕💕 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen I‘ve read through his books -all good. I remember this one though very well- I had it with me on night shift (nursing) and I spent my breaks with it for a few months in 1998. 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s almost 900 pages @TheBookHippie @TrishB and I think I see where certain storylines are heading 💔it was made into a miniseries, right??!?!! 2mo
TrishB Oh, bad way? 😞 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen Yup. I love a good chunkster! Also why months was needed 😅 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure @TrishB no animal cruelty but there are other triggers that I‘m not sure about. I just remember how Angela‘s Ashes affected you 😢so I‘m not sure about this one. I could be totally wrong. 2mo
TrishB I will maybe not start whilst here then! Thank you 😘 2mo
Cinfhen Xxxx @TrishB enjoy the rest of your weekend 2mo
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Our #DecemberChill #buddyread is nearing and while #DrZ turns out to be a bit of a challenge, let‘s take a cue from our theme & chill 😉

Dec 3: 🎧what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or blues? Holiday music? Let‘s hear it 🎶

Dec 4: 📸 Share some chill photos! A beach stroll with your dog, having coffee with a friend, building a snowman?? Anything goes!

Dec 5: 📚 A very basic bookish discussion of DrZ 🤓

Cinfhen Feel free to participate in any or all of the weekend festivities!! 2mo
merelybookish I have been enjoying this chill buddy read where everyone is avoiding the book. 😂 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 it‘s hilarious @merelybookish !!! First question for our discussion Did you read the book??? 2mo
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TrishB Ermmm, not quite yet 😁 2mo
Billypar I'm struggling but trying to keep going with the hope that there's an interesting novella hidden somewhere inside the larger book 🙂 Either way, looking forward to the festivities! 2mo
Cinfhen Im FINALLY at a place (page 355) where I feel a story beginning to blossom @Billypar but there‘s lots to weed through!!!!! 2mo
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My hold FINALLY came in for the #DrZ buddy read and my library system thinks this book is…YA?!? 😯 Uh, ok. 😂 Based on the reactions I‘m seeing, I‘m not sure how far I‘m going to get in this one, but I‘m going to try!

sblbooks Is it an abridged version? 2mo
vlwelser YA? Maybe they got it confused with something else. You can do it! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @sblbooks No. I never read abridged books. I think they‘re a waste of time. 2mo
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BarbaraBB I liked it when I read it as a young adult. I don‘t feel like rereading though 😇 2mo
LeahBergen Ummm. 🤣 2mo
Cinfhen Interesting 🤔 I don‘t know any YA except @TheBookHippie and @BarbaraBB who would voluntarily choose to read this book 🤓 2mo
LibrarianRyan Libraries will do that with classics that students may need to read in school. Have a copy in adult and a copy in YA. it helps ensure that there are copies for school kids when they deed them. Often the crazier covers of the classics are put in YA. Speaking from experience, and We did this with our library. 2mo
Hooked_on_books @LibrarianRyan That makes sense! Thanks for the insider library info! 🤗 2mo
leah152 It's been ages since I read Dr Z but my most lasting memory of it is wondering where the romance was lol! 😊📚😂 2mo
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Join @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB for a #DecemberChill #buddyread

Dec 3: 🎧what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or blues? Holiday music? Let‘s hear it 🎶

Dec 4: 📸 Share some chill photos! A beach stroll with your dog, having coffee with a friend, sitting on your couch?! Anything goes!

Dec 5: 📚 A very basic bookish discussion of DrZ 🤓

Cinfhen Thank you for sharing xxx 2mo
BarbaraBB Thank you !!!! 2mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Having just read the Wikipedia entry on this book, I've definitely done the right thing in deciding to bail on it!

#chillsandthrills @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB You probably did. It‘s a tough read though interesting in its political context. I‘m just not in the mood for that right now either. 2mo
Cinfhen Smart move!! 2mo
TrishB I haven‘t said the words yet, but probably will do. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!! 2mo
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Been a little quieter today because I‘ve been bouncing between books and am almost at my 33rd hour! Also I haven‘t given up on #DecemberChill yet. I actually am 25% in and I don‘t feel as lost now. Also I was surprised to see a hold come behind me so I‘m wondering if there‘s another San Antonio litten in our group 🙃 #33by33

Cinfhen Hehehe 😜 I‘m about 1/3 in and it‘s starting to make sense for me too!! It‘s just im not compelled to pick up the book once I put it down. 2mo
BarbaraBB You should almost think so! A wait list…! 😉 2mo
MatchlessMarie @Cinfhen Same. It‘s a good audio for focusing like on cleaning 😅 @BarbaraBB Maybe someone is really trying to think cold thoughts. Our highs are still in the 80s here 🥵 (edited) 2mo
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"Rome was a flea market of borrowed gods and conquered peoples, a bargain basement on two tiers - earth and heaven - slaves on one, gods on the other."


BarbaraBB Great illustration 🤍 2mo
Cathythoughts And great quote 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen If the time machine dropped me in there my head would explode!🤯 2mo
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Sorry @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB but I can‘t … too much struggle with #DrZ😔
#decemberchill #buddyread

TrishB Currently up to 10% but struggling….. 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for trying 😘😘 2mo
Simona @TrishB This book was a rock around my neck … 2mo
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Simona @Cinfhen I did try … really hard, but it was like a very unpleasant chore 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen Let it go!!! A book should never be a chore 2mo
MatchlessMarie I‘m at 9% and I‘m just like yep I am definitely reading a book. I‘m hoping the more I read the more it will make sense 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB Now I read this! You are so right. We‘ll have a weekend partying without Russian heaviness 💃💃 @Cinfhen 2mo
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#DecemberChill I‘ve made it to page 97!! I have NO CLUE wtf is going on??? I‘ve been using Spark Notes to help guide me & im still pretty confused 🤪Hope others are faring better 😘

vlwelser TBH I'm not sure there is anything going on. It seems to mostly be a commentary on Russia during the revolution. I may be missing something though. 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks @vlwelser that makes me feel better 😉😄 2mo
Bookwormjillk I haven't started yet. Must get moving! 2mo
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BarbaraBB I can‘t believe I read it (and enjoyed it!) when I was 22! 2mo
Cinfhen THAT really is super impressive @BarbaraBB I was probably reading Jackie Collins 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s a tough book, @Bookwormjillk not one u want to pick back up once you put it down 🙄 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB 😂😂😂I was 17 …what the world 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
SheReadsAndWrites I was named after the character, Lara. 😊 2mo
DivineDiana And to think I almost jumped on this read along! 😅 2mo
BarbaraBB I read Jackie Collins too. And Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robbins 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie What were we thinking? Who were we back then? 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I can scarcely remember 😂🤪 2mo
Cinfhen 💯Robbins & Sheldon @BarbaraBB and HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂🎊🎈🎉 ♥️😘 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s cool @SheReadsAndWrites your mom must have been a romantic or lover of Russian literature 😉😁 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s getting better @DivineDiana but it‘s not an easy book to tackle 2mo
Simona I‘m on page 157 … after a week of reading it … 🐌🐌🐌 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m making progress @Simona but I‘m not really enjoying it 2mo
SheReadsAndWrites 😂 My mom is a romantic but more a lover of the movie than the book, I think. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m gonna try to watch the film after I read the book @SheReadsAndWrites 🍿 2mo
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My father loved this one… I‘ve never read it, but I am behind on my 2021 reading challenge, and I thought I would give this a go. Wish me luck. 📖📚

Cathythoughts Good luck 👍🏻💫 2mo
Smrloomis Hope it works for you! 2mo
BarbaraBB Do you know there is a #DrZ buddy read on its way? A lot of us will read it and discuss the book on Sunday 5 December. Let me know if you want to join @Cinfhen and me, we are hosting the #DecemberChill event (follow the hashtag for more information). 2mo
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Cinfhen Good luck!! I‘ve been working up my courage to tackle the beast, but so far I‘ve only gotten through the introduction 🙈 2mo
AWildMandaPanda @Smrloomis thank you, we shall see! 2mo
AWildMandaPanda @BarbaraBB I didn‘t know that! I would love to join if possible! :) 2mo
BarbaraBB You are very welcome! I‘ll tag you in the post with all information! 2mo
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Look at this oldie. I got this old edition from my grandfather and read it in 1990. For 31 years it has been sitting on my shelves and now I‘m picking it up again for #DecemberChill. Let‘s see….

Cinfhen that‘s so cool 🥰good luck 💚 2mo
Cathythoughts From your grandfather ❤️ 2mo
batsy That is so nice 💜 A treasured copy. 2mo
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Simona I‘m reading it for the first time and don‘t enjoy …. and nothing could convince me to reread it! I bow down to you 😘 2mo
Megabooks How special! You read a lot of classic novels, and I love reading your reviews of them. 💜 2mo
TrishB Wonderful copy ❤️ reading it again is brave. Struggling…. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona @TrishB I am struggling too. Hard! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks Meg! I do read them a lot. A little less since I know you 😉but many of them are classics for a reason I think 🤍 (edited) 2mo
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I love a thorough character list. This is why I'm reading Zhivago in hard copy instead of digital!

Cinfhen I just started too!! I think I need Cliff Notes 😜 3mo
Kdgordon88 I started it on audio and had to stop. Couldn‘t keep track of who was who. Starting in print this weekend with an old book club copy I picked up years ago. It doesn‘t have this list so a huge thanks for sharing! 🙌🏼 3mo
vlwelser I wish this was in my edition. 3mo
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TheKidUpstairs @Kdgordon88 having all the different names, including diminutives, for each character is going to be so helpful! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen it's been a long time since I've read any Russian Lit. My brain is so out of practice! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @vlwelser do you want me to email you a better quality pic of it? 3mo
vlwelser Yes. Actually. My email is vlwelser @ gmail. Thank you! 3mo
Cinfhen Can u email me that list too? Please!!! It‘s cindyh666 at Apple dot com Thanks 😘 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @vlwelser @Cinfhen done! Hope it helps! 3mo
Cinfhen Oh Gd!!! That list is TERRIFYING!!!! 3mo
vlwelser Thank you! You're the best! 3mo
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A couple of days late but here's my list for November @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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This is seen as a big epic love story, but sadly I don‘t see that.

For me this is a story about survival and how to make the best of a bad situation or several bad situations.

The setting is before, during and after the Russian revolution

The first third of this book was my #BookSpin in June

Vansa Very true. Even the movie actually focuses on survival , in a time of upheaval and the lovestory is incidental. 4mo
AnneCecilie @Vansa I don‘t even feel that there is a love story. Zhivago never makes any choices regarding the women, they are just there and it feels convenient to be a couple and to what‘s expected. 4mo
Vansa Fair enough. You're right about that too. 4mo
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Vansa Was just reading out your comment to my husband, and he was saying he fully agrees, he only remembers all the suffering and the snow and the hunger! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks What a pretty edition!!! 4mo
Cathythoughts Right !! I‘m going to start it soon … 🤞🏻 4mo
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Day 23 - #BannedBook

And it's still on my TBR 😅

Eggs 📚👏🏻📖 4mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Max Hayward, Manya Harari
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Woohoo!! We have a winner for our #DecemberChill #BuddyRead #DrZ
All are welcome to join @BarbaraBB and me for our #MusicAndMemories #BookDiscussion the weekend of December 3-5
More details to follow😊♥️💥
If you are interested in joining just tag below to be added to our list ⬇️

TrishB Exciting, I‘m in 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m in 👍🏻 7mo
Simona 🙌 After reading … I was very tempted to finally read Dr.Zhivago this summer, but I guess that now I will have to wait until winter 😘 7mo
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LeahBergen In, in, in! 7mo
Cinfhen After reading this one I became hooked on finally reading #DrZ @LeahBergen @Simona @Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m really excited you‘re joining @BarbaraBB and I 7mo
CarolynM I'm in, of course🙂 Thanks Cindy and Barbara @BarbaraBB 7mo
Cinfhen Yay @CarolynM 💚 7mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m in 7mo
Cathythoughts I don‘t know which DrZ book to order … I d like one that‘s easy to read , as in print that isn‘t too tiny & pages that open fully …. Any suggestions Littens ?? Thankyou X 7mo
Librarybelle I‘m definitely in! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m with @Cathythoughts !! I might need to find a bookshop to see which book is easy on the eyes 7mo
Cinfhen So excited that you‘re all joining us @Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books 7mo
Billypar I'm in! I saw the film a long time ago and remember loving it. Seems like a perfect cold weather book. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌💙❄️ 7mo
Cinfhen Yay 😁 more party guests @BarbaraBB !!! Welcome to #DrZ @erzascarletbookgasm @Billypar 🥶 7mo
Freespirit Oh I love the book and the movie..I wanted to go to Russia after reading it! 7mo
Cinfhen So join us @Freespirit 💜 7mo
Bookwormjillk I was convinced I had signed up for a Dr. Zhivago buddy read in November but I think it was actually this buddy read in December and I didn‘t actually sign up 🤦‍♀️Count me in please. 3mo
Cinfhen You got it @Bookwormjillk and thanks for reminding me….it‘ll be December before we know it!! 3mo
Q84 Sounds good 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ll add you to the list @Q84 tagging my cohost @BarbaraBB 😊 3mo
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We have a winner for our #DecemberChill #buddyread! Everyone is welcome to join @Cinfhen and me in the weekend of 3-5 December. We‘ll have two days of memories and music and will discuss #DrZ on Sunday. Let me know if you‘re interested and want to be tagged in future posts!

peaknit Can‘t wait!! 7mo
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Librarybelle Hooray!! 7mo
Suet624 Yippee! 7mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!!!!!! 7mo
Bookwormjillk Cool! Could you tag me please? 7mo
britt_brooke Count me in! 7mo
vlwelser Yay!!! I'm putting this in my calendar now. 😊 7mo
TheKidUpstairs Yay! I've got this one on my shelf (somewhere), can't wait! 7mo
Megabooks Definitely tag me!! 😁😘 7mo
BookwormAHN Great 😸 7mo
KarenUK I‘m in! Never read it…. Hoping it‘s not a huge tome! #pagecountphobia 😂 7mo
bookandcat Tag me! 7mo
JennyM Thanks Barbara and Cindy - pls tag me 👍 7mo
DebinHawaii Please tag me. 🤗 7mo
Leftcoastzen Tag me , it‘s glaring at me from the shelf .🙄🤨 7mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve never read it, so I‘m definitely interested in joining in. Thanks for keeping me on the list! 7mo
sprainedbrain 🙋🏻‍♀️ This is a #1001books selection I have yet to read, so please tag me! 7mo
Kdgordon88 Please tag me. I've been wanting to read this for years. 7mo
rubyslippersreads Please tag me. Based on what I remember of the movie, this will be a perfect winter read. 7mo
Kimberlone I read about 1/3 of it last year, great incentive for me to push through and finish! 7mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Please tag me! I‘ve been wanting to read this forever, and had a very real crush on Omar Sharif as a child (thanks to watching Funny Girl with my mom). 😂 Would love to get this off my TBR! 7mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Love all the enthusiasm and participants ☃️🧣🧤im more worried about all the Russian names🥶🥶🥶 7mo
LeahBergen Count me in! 😘😘 7mo
BarbaraBB @sprainedbrain @KarenUK It‘s a #1001books #chunkster, can you believe that @Cinfhen herself nominated it😂😉? Glad that doesn‘t scare you off! 7mo
BarbaraBB @JennyM @Leftcoastzen @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Glad you‘re joining, we‘ll keep you tagged! 7mo
Simona Can‘t wait, finally I will read it! 💃🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts Very exciting 🥳 I‘m in 👍🏻❤️ I‘ve never read this 7mo
TrishB I‘m in 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen The Russian names will be fine … we can take notes 🧐😍 excellent choice 💫 7mo
I.be.Stef Thanks for the tag! Please keep tagging me in future posts. I‘ve never read it. And I‘m happy to finally read a book in the perfect setting for the season 😂💯 (edited) 7mo
jenniferw88 I think you know to tag me, considering that I have started the playlist already! 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Centique I will try and join in - ive got a copy on my shelves but I reckon the audio will probably help me get into it! 7mo
CarolynM I'm in💖 7mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I had no doubt about you 😂😉 7mo
batsy I've not read it and I'm keen to join in 💕 7mo
wanderinglynn I‘m in! Thanks! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 I‘m in 💙❄️ 7mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen nominated this one?! I can‘t believe it!! 🤯 I‘ll do my best to join in 😅 7mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi When are you due 😂😉?! 7mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I‘m due 8/27… will I have it together by Dec to join in on this chunkster?! 😅 7mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It‘s optimistic 😀 but nothing wrong with that. Maybe you‘ll have this super sweet boy that sleeps for hours each day 😇 7mo
BethM @emilyhaldi I gave birth 11/2, I‘d say you‘ll be back to regular sized books then 😂 7mo
emilyhaldi I‘m trying to go in with zero expectations… and just a little hoping that maybe I get that angel boy 🙏🏻 @BarbaraBB @BethM (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Can you believe this chunkster was my idea @emilyhaldi !??! It‘s shocking😱 and I can‘t believe how close your due date is!!! Soooo exciting 💙 7mo
JaclynW I'm going to give this one a try. Excited! 7mo
Crazeedi I'll have to try to remember for December!! 6mo
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi We‘ll keep you posted 😉 6mo
BarbaraBB @EvieBee In case your interested here is more information about the December buddyread! 5mo
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1. my mum actually discourages this. Sort of.
2. Not at the same level but they all read mostly every day
3. Doctor Zhivago is currently on this list. Tagged.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

You probably all played so I apologize if you're getting an extra tag...
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KVanRead @MallenNC @tenar @Sargar114 @DebinHawaii @Cathythoughts

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Actually, this is my first tag! So thank you 😉 10mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌸🌺 10mo
KVanRead My first tag too, thanks!😊 10mo
DebinHawaii My first tag too—thank you! 🤗 10mo
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On this date in 1890 , Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow . Feb.10
I have seen the movie, need to read the book.

LeahBergen I haven‘t read this yet, either. 😬 11mo
ValerieAndBooks I have this very same edition plus a newer one/translation ... and still haven‘t read yet !! 11mo
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I'm thinking of finally getting around to this one, but now trying to remember where I read what order to read these in? Doctor Zhivago first then to Prescott's book? Does it matter? Will reading Prescott's first colour my view of the other?

Cortg Reading The Secrets We Kept made me want to read Dr Zhivago. I haven‘t gotten around to it yet, but it would be a good “winter themed” book to read! 12mo
ValerieAndBooks I have this edition and an older translation of Doctor Zhivago, and have read neither 😂. I wonder if the cover design of Secrets was meant to reflect the new cover of Dr Z. 12mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cortg thanks! I was wanting to read Secrets maybe first, so knowing it's good to go with it first is great news! 12mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @ValerieAndBooks they go together nicely don't they? 12mo
Cortg Secrets is a book that highly references Doctor Zhivago and the author. There is no need to have read Doctor Zhivago, it just makes you curious to know more about the book. @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Absolutely is was done on purpose! Good eye 👀 12mo
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One last picture for Dr Zhivago, this time of a double page taken from the biography at the end of the book: 1916 events and poetry on the left, a picture of Pasternak as a young man on the right. He was rather good-looking!

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Finished! Loved the descriptions of landcapes. Pasternak is incredibly skilled at evoking what a place looks and feels like in very few words. You can tell he is a poet. I liked the historical side of the novel very much. Less keen on the love stories...

Dilara Also, it's the perfect novel to read over the holiday season, as so much happens in the winter and even specifically at Christmas! 13mo
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I have just started Doctor Zhivago, one of my mother's favourite novels.

Freespirit The movie is fabulous too❤️ 13mo
Dilara @Freespirit The 1965 one with Omar Sharif? I'm pretty sure I've seen it - mum had a crush on Sharif - but I can't remember a thing about it!
I see there's a BBC mini-series as well.
Freespirit Yes the one from 1965...❤️ 13mo
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EadieB Great quote! Thanks for playing! 14mo
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Amazing writing and stories can make you feel so much. These all had me weeping. #FridayFeelings @Cuilin

Dr. Zhivago
Where The Red Fern Grows
Old Yeller
The Light Between Oceans
The Thornbirds
Me Before You
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Can you play?
@DarkMina @Elizabeth2 @Crazeedi @erzascarletbookgasm @Sresendez12 @thegreensofa @Laughterhp @tpixie

erzascarletbookgasm Thanks 🤗 14mo
EadieB @erzascarletbookgasm You're welcome! 14mo
Cuilin Yes some on this list made me cry too. Loved the Thorn Birds. Thanks for playing. 14mo
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EadieB @Cuilin You're welcome! 14mo
Elizabeth2 @EadieB thanks for the tag! I think when a book makes me cry, it‘s a sign of a really good author. The ones here that I have read got me too! ❤️ 14mo
EadieB @Elizabeth2 You're welcome! 14mo
tpixie Yes! On the puppies and the PJ‘s!! 💗📚😥 14mo
EadieB @tpixie Love the way you worded that! 14mo
tpixie @EadieB 😄 14mo
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#3books #bannedbooksIveread
I loved Doctor Zhivago and 1984. Lady Chatterley was a rather meh experience for me.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TheNeverendingTBR Most mindblowing book I've read! 👌 1y
OriginalCyn620 Great choices! 1y
eeclayton @TheNeverendingTBR Zhivago isn't an easy read but it's worth the effort 🙂 1y
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The story meanders, and the author seems more interested in history and setting than in his characters. But the scenery is vivid, the history powerful, and there is much to ponder. Best news, this thing has been sitting on my shelves for some thirty years and now it can finally go on to its next home.

Ruthiella That‘s a good feeling, to get a book 30 years waiting read and off the shelf ! 1y
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On they went, singing "Rest Eternal," and whenever they stopped, their feet, the horses, and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.


melissajayne I‘m watching the 2002 miniseries 1y
swynn @melissajayne Hope it's good! I've never even seen the David Lean film, always figuring I'd watch it someday after I'd read the novel. Probably a mistake, because now I expect the book will have ruined it for me. 1y
melissajayne @swynn I have seen the David Lean film several times (it‘s over 3 hrs long); the miniseries is pretty decent. I haven‘t read the book so I can‘t tell how accurate either the film or the miniseries are. 1y
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I started this a few weeks ago, but finally started to make a dent today. It has been somewhat slow going, though the action seems to be picking up a bit more 100+ pages into the book.

Ladygodiva7 I have this on my shelf. Been sitting there forrreevvvverrrr...years n years... 1y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Lol, I just rearranged this on my shelf last night, it's my mums copy, so yeah, it's probably over 40 years old. I will get to it one day! 1y
Kimberlone @Curiouser_and_curiouser wow! I picked this one up from a used book store. Currently reading it with my bf and our mini book club with our roommate and his gf. I think I‘m the only one who‘s enjoying it so far, which is funny since I‘m not the one who picked this book to read. I watched the movie with my mom years ago...she loves Omar Sharif! 1y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh wow, you've got a book club going, that's awesome. I'm trying but no one around me reads. So you're all reading from the same book? I had a look and its first published in 1958, my copy was reprinted in 1966, which makes it 54 years old, older than me. And yeah, it's got Omar on the cover, my mum loved him too! I know I saw the movie when I was a kid, but I hardly remember it. I'll get to it, so many priorities on the TBR. Love the classics 🧡 1y
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Starting a new book for my roommate book club. The last book that was chosen ended up being a dud (Stranger in a Strange Land) and only one person finished it, so we are moving onto a new one. I‘m looking forward to this one since I read The Secrets We Kept (which is all about the CIA plot to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the Soviet Union).

marleed I‘m inspired to read this for the same reason! 2y
KVanRead Love the movie but have yet to read. Look forward to your thoughts! 2y
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Even though it's one of the most difficult books that I've ever read, I'm very glad I held on and finished Doctor Zhivago. It's a heartbreaking story which seems strangely relevant today.
I found myself thinking about the characters, their decisions, the plot points a lot during the day when I wasn't reading, which shows how stimulating an experience this book was for me.
Pictured is the 6 A/5 pages I filled with names while reading.

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An interesting little video at the link about The Folio Society's edition of Doctor Zhivago, with art from Paternak's father in a new translation by Pasternak's nephew.


BarbaraBB Gorgeous edition 😍 2y
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About 40 pages in, I decided to go back to the beginning of Doctor Zhivago and start taking notes of the names because I was confused as to who was who. I'm on page 27 now, and I've already jotted down enough names to fill a page!

Curiouser_and_curiouser Ooooohhhh, good tip! I have this book in my possession, passed down from my mum and I do intend to read it one day. 2y
eeclayton @Curiouser_and_curiouser I'm reading my grandfather's old copy :) 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @eeclayton Wow. Well mine sure looks old too. I'll have to check the published date. Enjoy 😊 2y
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Max Hayward, Manya Harari
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Book 2 of #7Books7Days of books that profoundly affected me. This is touching love story from Russia‘s history of politics and war. Can‘t forget the feelings I had while reading this one!

Boris Pasternak's masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love.

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#ManicMonday @JoScho

📚 Doctor Zhivago
✒ Emily Dickinson
📽 Dirty Dancing
📺 Dollhouse
🎤 Deaf Havana
🎶 Delta by Mumford & Sons (https://youtu.be/jlBoqGnuUv4)

JoScho Thanks for playing 🤗💚 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh! Dollhouse! Did I fall asleep? I forgot about that great show. 2y
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