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"I'm not specifically accusing the youth of Russia; it's a universal law - intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility."
By the way that's a great quote - very applicable to someone I know!
Anyway, we all got over it and I used Solzhenitsyn to move on to other Russian authors - many of whom I prefer. But I can still pick up The First Circle and feel some of that excitement of seeing the world through eyes that, however new, really connected to feelings I'd never had a voice for before.
But that being said, there is no doubt Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a bit of a curmudgeonly wack job. Of course 8 years in a labour camp would probably do that to any of us. And I don't think the beard helped much either.
He certainly led a long full life. Rest in peace Mr. Solzhenitsyn.
Incidentally, does anyone have November 1916, the sequel to August 1914? It never seems to come up anywhere, whereas the 1914 one is always cropping up in secondhand bookshops. Indeed, I have bought it twice in the same Oxfam shop, once in HB (which I gave away on BookMooch) and once in PB.
The prose poems are short and exquisite. My favorite stories so far are Matryona's House and The Easter Procession. I'm a tiny bit bored by For the Good of the Cause but haven't finished it so I may change my mind. To me, his writing is heartbreaking and beautiful.
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