A Russian Study

April 14, 2010 at 12:27 am (JARS, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

Have I invited my fellow bloggers and blog-readers to my Russian study?


Welcome to the Russian Study! We hope that everyone interested in Russia, its culture and history, and its literature, will enjoy perusing through and adding to this discussion. Feel free to add your own books to the list or read along with the ones already here below…

* Crime and Punishment – Dosoyevsky (fiction)

* Anna Karenina – Tolstoy (fiction)

* War and Peace – Tolstoy (fiction)

* The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzheinitsyn – Volkov (literary criticism, history)

* The Axe and the Icon – Billington (history)

* The Vision Unfulfilled – Thompson (history)

* Fathers and Sons – Turgenev (fiction)

* The Captain’s Daughter & Other Stories – Pushkin (fiction)

* One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Solzhenitsyn’s (fiction)

* Sofia Petrovna – Lydia Chukovskaya (fiction)

* I think some Robert Alexander historical fiction titles would do well at the end. One is called Rasputin’s Daughter, but he has many.

I have already completed Crime and Punishment, below is my official review:

Good book, well written, yet I could have gone my whole life without having read it and not felt like I missed out much. The final confession felt like the final moment in Moby Dick when the whale actually shows – all I could think was: “its about time.” Its on Bauer’s list of books to read before you die, which I plan to use as curriculum for my kid when I home school, but I’m not sure that I’ll make them read this, unless they are utterly captivated by it and want to – especially with Tolstoy next on the list. I was hoping to be more captivated myself.

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