I started this wondering where the novel was going to come from. Then it crept up and hit me with such force that I was left reeling for the rest of the book. Each chapter is a gem worthy of meditation in itself and Solzhenitsyn strings these gems into a stunning creation. The characters are exquisitely sculptured; there’s so much of the author in Kostoglotov that it makes for a fascinating read just following this one man through the book and wondering how much of the character is based on fact and how much imaginary. A truly great book…
It was made all the more poignant by the fact that I have one close friend and very close relative presently fighting cancer. Hmmm…
On top of everything, the cancer wing was Number 13.
“What can divide human beings on earth once they are all faced with death?”
“You can’t know everything in the world. Whatever happens, you’ll die a fool.”
“We are so attached to the earth, and yet we are incapable of holding on to it.
anamnesis: medical history – the case history of a medical patient as recalled by the patient
An evil man threw tobacco in the Macaque Rhesus’s eyes. Just like that…
terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good > excellent > superb
2007 – Jan