Sunday, 13 February 2011

PASTERNAK, Boris, Doctor Zhivago, Penguin Readers, Level B2 (2700 headwords)

Inés Báez Rivero, 2º Bachillerato EFL

The protagonist of this story is Yuri Zhivago. He is married to Tonya, they are living in the horror of the Russian Revolution. Their house has been requisitioned and they have to travel to Varikino, which is in the country, to pass the war there, but they have some problems and they have to move again to a small hovel (hut). There they meet with Lara, an old friend from Moscow. Yuri falls in love with her and from then on the relation with Lara changes.

I think this is an original story about the problems and difficulties caused by war. You can learn many things about the type of life people used to have during that period. The relation of Yuri with his lover Lara is very interesting. It was very good that they meet each other at different moments in their lives, but at the end... (You must read it to find out!)

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