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  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (June 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394427890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394427898
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a sequel of another epic novel, Virgin Soil Upturned. The lowdown about this novel is that the author was the favorite of the Soviet Communist Party (pitted against the likes of other Nobel prize winners Solzhenitsyn and Pasternak) and the subject matter SOUNDS boring: the collectivization of farming among Don Cossacks during the early history of the Soviet era.
But like all other great minds, Sholokhov is an aberration: despite being a true blue card-carrying member of the Central Committee and despite the seemingly boring subject, he is genuinely a first-class talent that to me is truly superior to Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn, and approaches the likes of Turgenev and Gogol.
The pacing and humour of his narrative is similar to Dostoevsky -- fast and interesting, unlike Tolstoy who can be boring and didactic. Characterization and local color however is Tolstoyan: you can really recognize even the individual horses and the dogs, and the description of the peasantry and the countryside reminds one of the pastoral passages in Tolstoy.
The gritty and unflinching realism is very honest and peculiarly modern, but always in the best tradition of grand Russian novels: sweeping, panoramic, and places the reader right in the center of the whirlwind of events and emotions.
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Sholokhov has to be the greatest writer, ever. These two volumes that make up "Virgin Soil Upturned", are like a great Technicolor movie epic, made into a book. I could see all the beautiful colors, and experience the sights, sounds, and even the most subtle feelings of the characters. Dostoevsky was surely the predecessor - having done such a masterful job of dissecting personalities in books like "The Brothers Karamazov". But his efforts are like cave paintings alongside the Mona Lisa, no less astounding in their artistry, but falling far short in the richness of execution. To read Sholokhov is to live the story in person.
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I agree for the most part with A Customer, although I would not class Sholokhov as superior to Pasternak's symbolist genius. But I certainly was NOT BORED. and the ending moved me very much--though it is a bit contrived, I must admit. Davidov is not the sort of fellow who would really ever let himself be guided by his pit bull.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Merridith on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this account of life on a collective farm totally boring. The only reason I can see for reading it is to experience a good example of what socialist realism can do to writing. The story and characters did not engage my interest. After reading this novel, I felt as bleak as the life it describes.
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