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The Gulag Archipelago Paperback – January 30, 2003
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I'm writing this review so people will know they are buying the abridged version and not as an attempt to trash this masterwork. This is a great book! Because of this it should be read in its entirety.
Also, as an eBook there is no reason all 3 books could not be sold as one...after all, there is no weight to them.
The Gulag is a book that covers a long and horrifying period of Russian history, of enslavement and brutality, with astonishing mortality rates. Of those who did not perish, few retained any semblance of physical or mental health. The author is perhaps the only survivor with the intellectual strength and determination to remember and recount the horrors of that period. Throughout the book there is a sense that there is much, much more to tell, that the author is restraining himself from unleashing the full flood and overwhelming the reader. This book is not a relaxing read, it is heavy going but you will find yourself going back and re-reading passages, scarcely able to accept that humans are capable of such cruelty to their fellows, with no limit to their ability to dream up new and more imaginative forms of punishment. At the same time intense anger and frustration abounds; not directed towards the camp guards and administrators, but to all those who knew something, said nothing, condoned everything. Especially in the west, the free world, the land of the 'useful idiots' and the gullible.Read more ›
This book is like eating prehistorical salamanders (you will have to read the book to understand this reference).
A skillfully crafted true-to-life account of the penal system of the Stalinist regime. Awesome in the true sense of the word.
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This is Anti-communist propaganda. Nothing more, Solzhenitsyn, Conquest, etc., etc. are not historians they're fantasy writers. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible book. Everyone should read it, although it's an exercise in tenacity.Published 3 months ago by Nahanni Nagle
This book is valuable history lesson regarding the horrors of communism, the soulless bureaucracy a state that sees slave labor as free labor produces, and the drastic steps people... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tamara Wilhite
I am in the middle of reading this. Had no idea of the vastness and extent of the soviet horror of gulags. Eyewitness account through author of his and others stories. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard
Oh man, this book is intense. You think you've got it hard with your job or relationship or life in the modern world? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Spencer in Seattle
I didn't care for the translation, but that is only because I read another so many times already that the differences are offensive to my memories. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Linda McLinda
...for anyone who wants to vote for collectivists. Societies which promise to "fair" always end up with rooms that have runnels in their floors.Published 20 months ago by dan
this book is not the figment of someones mind-but rather an accurate account of life in a communist state written by one who experienced it.Published 21 months ago by thomas lehman