Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Don flows Quietly

"And Quiet Flows the Don," is a novel by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov.

As a literature major, I had read this novel in the '60s and thought I would reread it. However, on a current read, I was disappointed. I felt the writing was crisp and the dialogue strong but I just didn't care about the characters

This book is 552 pages long and only part 1 so I think it was just too much for my current state of reading.

I did enjoy the descriptions of Russia and the various subjects that the characters had to deal with. The novel covers the period between the 1917 revolution and the end of civil strife in Russia in 1921. It covers the fortunes of a  group of Cossacks and their women during the death throes of the old order and the birth of a new life.

1 comment:

Tea Norman said...

I would like a good Russian mystery. Maybe one not so long. Can't believe it. It's five hundred and...pages. That's only Part one. Unbelievable. I'm in the mood to try Smila's Snow again. I might have misspelled the title. Didn't live it the first time. So glad to hear from you again.

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