Title: Doctor Zhivago
Author: Boris Pasternak
Genre: Modern Russian Classic
Rating: 3 of 5
My rating on this semi-autobiographical modern classic reflects my own personal taste more than the quality of the writing. The only thing I really appreciated about this book was the historically important portrayal of the difficulties and horrors of life in Russia/USSR from the October Revolution through WWII.
Aside from the historical value, this just wasn’t my kind of book. I do not enjoy adulterous love stories and that is a central thread to this somewhat plotless book. Description of events takes a backseat to flowery/poetic description of landscapes, feelings, and philosophies. Characters are known by a bewildering profusion of names (as in many Russian novels) and interact with each other through a slew of amazingly convenient coincidences.
While this didn’t really work for me, your mileage may vary. If you’re the kind of reader who places a premium on “sublime” language, you will probably love this book.
(Also, I am using this for my 20th Century Classic category at the Back to the Classics Challenge)