29 January, 2011

Friday - COMPLETING some reading

You'll recall my one little word for 2011 is COMPLETE. This is one of several books that I started but didn't complete since the babies were born. It's only about 200 pages and it helps if you're in bed for a few hours to read. But gee, this is a terrific read. It really is set over the course of a single day, from one man's point of view, but describes the terrible conditions in Russia's penal system, the Gulag, during the second world war. It's so richly personal, and human, and the writing is so bare, but perfect, and the story keeps you going so you really have to finish. Totally recommend this awesome book. I wonder if there's a film?

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