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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; First Edition. first thus edition (1966)
  • ASIN: B001HTDMQM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin L. Pinsky on November 1, 2012
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I will be brief for to say words of praise about this novel is a twice told tale and perhaps I am preaching to the choir.

In terms of raw earthly elements there are parallels--if this is not a stetch- to some of the lurid hardship details in the Pearl Buck's wonderful The Good Earth.

The author successfully--in the main-- skirted the soviet restrictions on literature deemed not for the proletariat with some idealistic almost poetic words of the Jewish female gunner assistant to the machine gunner in which she sings the priases of the commune and other well written--actually lovely prose - expressions of her dedication to the new order. By the way to my mind and this is just one man's opinion, the love between them is one of the great episodes in the book if not THE episode. The love is visceral, poetic and beautiful. The writing is grand on the highest level of literature anywhere-- the second book got swallowed up in communist propaganda like a lot of the very talented Gorky's books did.
Read it. If you liked Tolstoy, you will love this author a truly gifted writer. I was privileged to have read this book.
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Originally published in 1934, this new Kindle edition of ‘And Quiet Flows the Don’ is a tough book to review. It is a classic of Soviet literature and one of the most poetic and image-laden books you can read in any language. In its day, it sold 10 million copies and Sholokhov received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965 before his death in 1984. You can sympathize or criticize the politics and travails of the man’s attempts to be a writer in Stalin’s Russia, his feud with with Solzhenitsyn, the accusations of plagiarism, and the fact he was a loyal communist, a member of the Supreme Soviet and Central Committee, but it is easy to fall in love with the book, its 1940 successor, ‘The Don Flows Home to the Sea,’ and the later Harvest on the Don.' I read them and early in college and ended up majoring in history and minoring in Russian Studies. They deal with the Don Cossacks in the years before, during, and after WW I, the civil war, and into the early Soviet era of forced collectivization, painting a set of vivid images of the Steppes and the rugged society who inhabited them. The Cossacks were a large agrarian society, and most of the story deals with their daily lives and loves. They were horsemen who loyally served generations of Czars and provided them with the best cavalry in the world. Unfortunately, when horse cavalry met the machinegun in WW I, the result wasn’t pretty. They fell in large numbers.
I read these books in paperback many years ago and have been waiting patiently for Amazon to bring out a Kindle edition, which they finally did a few months ago. With Russian books, that is never easy. With this one, it is nearly impossible.
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AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON is the best war novel in Soviet times, the best Mikhail Sholokhov ever wrote and one of the all time best war novels. Life during moments of peace-whether long or fleeting is given exquisite touch through the characters who cannot avoid the war around the corner. This epic story grapples with the blindness of war where people engage in killing each other even after they have forgotten the causes and purpose of the war, regarding instead those close by as the real enemies when in reality they are fighting for the enemy who are those who manipulated them into war. The books Union Moujik, War and Peace, All Quiet on the Western Front can be seen in this story and go further to compliment this insatiable topic of war, peace and diplomacy. I liked the message these books carry whether consciously or unconsciously.
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Sholokhov describes the sweep (and even smells) of the Steppes and Soviet history in a beautiful poetic manner.
We Americans have been kept mostly ignorant of these important historical movements but And Quiet Flows The Don helps us understand.
By the end, I found myself believing it to also be one of the most anti war novels I've ever read.
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