This book was assigned to me at the beginning of my Freshman year of high school, and was a very eye-opening read for me. I've read it a number of times since and may be due to pick it up again soon. #ADayInTheLife #RedRoseSeptember
Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a former Soviet battery commander and is a survivor of the notorious Soviet Gulag. The story is fictional but clearly written by someone with first hand knowledge. The story expressed the challenges prisoners went through just surviving the day especially in the Siberian cold. Bread is an important component of this story and I will never look at a piece of bread in the same way especially the crusty bits. #1001books
We had to read this book in Junior High (about 20 years ago) and I didn't enjoy it at the time. I found it painfully descriptive and it just didn't hold my interest. Although, I did gain some understanding of how hard life could be in Russian camp and I felt for the character. I find myself wanting to re-read this book - as I feel with age I might gain more from the book.
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These are the new additions for my 20th-Century #Classics Display, have you read any of them? This one may be the best performing of my January displays, turn-over is massive, which is very heartening since only several books were borrowed off of it last year. 😁👏🏻
This book just wasn‘t my thing, but it did hold my interest for its short runtime. :)
# 12 of 100 Classics Challenge
Tells of a 24 hour period in the life of Ivan Denisovich, in one of Stalins forced labor camps. Ivan's crime was not against another person, his crime was speaking out the communist oppression . His sentence was 25 years.
This is sad, and hard to believe there are people who feel ok or justified treating others so poorly. The discrimination will never end.
The work of the prisoners is described in minute detail. Survival strategies, the experience of hunger, food, freezing cold, and the toll all of this takes on the body, make it a very oppressive read. I did not enjoy this book, it is hell. However, as a document of Stalin's atrocities it has to be read, in the hope that we learn from history's worst moments.
I read this in school and it left a huge impression on me. It's a look at Stalin era labor camps, and it's intense. I've reread it a few times, and it's got punch every time. #backintheussr #rockinmay
This was a fascinating little story! Set in Stalin's Russia in a prison camp, we follow one single day in amazing detail! Seeing how they controlled the prisoners and how the prisoners reacted/what things really mattered in such circumstances. Also really interesting whilst reading it to know that the writer spent 8 years in these camps! But it's surprisingly and beautifully up beat at the end! A very good translation. Thoroughly recommend 📚😊
This is literally an account of one day in the life of a man in a labor camp in Siberia. It's a straight-forward, this-is-life story. Solzhenitsyn himself spent time in the gulags and it is clear he knows what he's talking about. 58/1,001 #1001Books
A terrifying yet fascinating insight into life in the Gulag under Stalin. But I find myself needing to know more, so will have to pick up the seven volume collection of The Gulag Archipelago
Ivan's day in a soviet labor camp with strong emotional impact, where inhumanity, humiliation and struggle for survival are brought to the limit and fellow man becomes the enemy and when a piece of bread (200 g) becomes everything.
The story made me to think about my own attitude towards life and how grateful I should be for all the things that I don't need in my life, but I have them and I take them for granted.
Back from the library. I went for one book and came back with a bunch of them. And a little story - father with daughter (probably under 3yo) and she didn't want to return the book with kitty. Librarian couldn't tempted her with another book. And I thought, while listening to an explanation how the library works - baby I know how you feel, sometimes I don't want to say goodbye to books too.
Titles translations 👇
Even after paring down for two coast-to-coast relocations, I still have a bookcase brimming with books I #readinschool. So here's a highlight, a favorite from university that got me hooked on depressing Russian lit. 🙃 I also relished Hard Times and Heart of Darkness and my favorite Austen (her first), Northanger Abbey. I may be a glutton for punishment... #photoadaynov16
Thinking about the difference between fictional memoir and fictional autobiography and whether there is a difference at Uni today. I found this and Primo Levi's The Periodic table really astounding reads that blur the lines between fiction and memoir and writing the unwritable. Solzhenitsyn spent years in Gulag labour camps before writing this fictional account of one mans day in the Gulag.
Excellent transformative narrative which gives an example of how a good life can be made from even the worst of circumstances.
#FunFridayPhoto I remember this book as invoking the cold of Siberia like nothing else. But I also remember this book as being ultimately uplifting, having lost almost everything the inmates relish those small simple joys which remain.
Try to read this when your in a good place because it's really depressing, and made even more so because the story is based off of truthful accounts of soviet prison camps. This is an important work of literature that delved into issues that society had been denying for decades.