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Antonia Beamish brings to light Pasternak's 30 year long work on his famous novel Dr Zhivago. Lara, this gripping real story, is so full of detail the author must have researched long and hard. The story evolves during Russia's turmoil after WWII and during the cold war. Stalin, a native of Georgia, spared Pasternak from the gulag when many of his contemporaries disappeared. The dictator favored the author because of his work on Georgia's literature. Had he perished, we would be missing a masterpiece. Pasternak's intricate life, two marriages and mistress would be complicated under any circumstances. But the beauty of the story is the uncanny similiarity between the reality and the novel. The narrative of the Russian revolution and the creation a workers paradise in Zhivago's experience didn't agree with the party line, so Pasternak was forced to decline the Nobel prize for literature, his son was invited to accept the medal 30 years later, after his father's death. You will appreciate reading Anna Pasternak's book even if you haven't read Dr. Zhivago, a great love story in difficult times. Although, who hasn't at least seen the movie with Julie Christy and Omar Shariff. There is a recent remake but I favor the old one.
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Would you try another book from Anna Pasternak and/or Antonia Beamish?
Read by Ms Beamish yes.
What was most disappointing about Anna Pasternak’s story?
When I first read DZ was enamored. Years later not impressed with artistic license to do as one pleases.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. So much name dropping, The chronology was confusing.
Any additional comments?
Remember seeing movie with my mom & then 4 year old daughter. "Why is he sleeping with two ladies?" rang thruout the theater.
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