Doctor Zhivago

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Against the background of the Russian Revolution, four young people, Yury, Tonya, Lara and Pasha, find love, only to lose it again in tragic circumstances. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited ...

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MuckleJohn

Oct 7, 2010

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I don't have the standard American's complaint (it's too hard to keep track of the alien sounding names) because I've read a lot of classic Russian literature.
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My complaint about Zhivago is that the characters are paper cut-outs. We never get to really know them, and what motivates them. There's no empathy between us and the characters.
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Pasternak should have stuck to poetry.

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