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Cancer Ward (part one) by Solzhenitsyn
Reviews

From: RP
Category: Books
Date: 25 May 2003

Review

a brilliant book that absorbs one into a world. By A.S's realist skill as a writer he even makes one love being embedded in the cancer ward. As soon as I finished part one, I hurried to order part two from abebooks. There is sentimentality of the Tolstovian kind, but it does not detract, it even balances the universe, like a weepy hollywood film inspires emotion as a counterpoint to real beauty and sorrows. The people in the book, despite their confusing Russian triple names, hum with life and death, they have all the detail of a now lost universe, and perhaps thsi is partly the book's addictive attraction. For us, this post stalinist period is no longer ideology, but a chance to imagine, and live in another civlization. There are dogs, men, and women, good and bad, in this book. Read it, don't be put off by the chancre of cancer, the hospital is a meeting place more than a heroic forum for the application of medicines. The thoughts of many lives are thought in its beds.

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