August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time #2020

August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn August The Red Wheel A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time Part of a sequence of novels about the Russian Revolution carrying the overall title of The Red Wheel The other titles in this series include October and Lenin in Zurich Other books by Solzhenits

  • Title: August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time
  • Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • ISBN: 9780140071221
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Part of a sequence of novels about the Russian Revolution carrying the overall title of The Red Wheel The other titles in this series include October 1916 and Lenin in Zurich Other books by Solzhenitsyn include The Gulag Archipelago.
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    1. Bought secondhand and devoured in a single overnight reading Back in the day when I could do an overnight read my rock and roll years.Re read and enjoyed a couple of times since.An excellent read.

    2. bbc programmes b04fyd8hDescription A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s epic story of the first battle of the Eastern Front in 1914 which was a disaster for Russia Solzhenitsyn s book was published in the West one year after he won the prize with sections about Lenin omitted It was only after his expulsion from the USSR that the complete book was available This new production is narrated by Fiona Shaw.In August 1914, Colonel Vorotyntsev advances into East Pru [...]

    3. Ever wanted to smack someone in the face because of their insistent incompetency and blatant disregard for others just because of their own self interests Then you re going to have a lot of sympathy for the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in Russia s opening campaign in World War I As always, typical Russian Solzhenitsyn epic, wide array of characters caught up in something bigger than them with each having different opinions on religion, politics, and society Not as great as Cancer Ward o [...]

    4. This is probably my favorite book of all time Alexander Solzhenitsyn was brilliant If you don t like WWI history, this book is not for you, but it was excellent It was fiction, but centred around the campaign in Tannenburg, Prussia There wasn t much of a plot other than the campaign, though the characters made up for it, and is the first in a series of four, the last of which has not been translated into English as yet It was 622 pages, but well worth reading.

    5. 4.5Just short of 5 5 because some bits I found really hard to get through and I say this as a fan of russian literature and history I wouldn t recommend this to someone who s just getting into russian literature If you have no knowledge of the Battle of Tannenberg nor late 19th early 20th century russian history and politics, you might as well do some reading first or else you won t enjoy the first 300 pages nor the rest of the book for that matter There s a long chapter in which he treats us to [...]

    6. 2.5 5On a purely literary merit it is a big and tiresome slog It is designed to be 10 volumes chronicles devoted to the events which has lead to the Revolution of 1917 So the parts about the fictional characters are alternated by the parts about real historic figures and events The construction is complex and really awkward Initially the fictional parts were relatively lively with interesting set of characters and several story lines But the gaps between dropping a particular line and coming bac [...]

    7. It is important to bear in mind that with the end of the Cold War the funding to translate Solzhenitsyn dried up There is after all plenty of nationalistic Russian writing from the nineteenth century available in English The only advantage that Solzhenitsyn had over Tolstoy and Dostoevsky was that he happened to be anti communist, but after 1991 that wasn t of so much interest any either Although I did read in the news that there is now a project to translate the whole of the Red Wheel i cycle [...]

    8. I correctly anticipated how appropriate it would feel to read this in August 2014 exactly 100 years after the events in this novel I did not anticipate how eager I would be to return each time to this amazing novel, discovering well drawn characters, a scathing indictment of Russian military culture at the beginning of the Great War, and a humbling and breathtaking faith Definitely one to re read.

    9. Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn s A.S August 1914 The Red Wheel paints a marvelous portrait of Russia at the crossroads of the 20th century By way of background, I read David Remnick s Resurrection about Russia s post USSR struggles Remnick writes a beautiful chapter on A.S his life, his exile, Western Europe and the U.S intelligentsia s dismissive treatment of him, and his return to Russia Reminick s extraordinary discourse on A.S is the perfect prelude to this work because it allows the reader to view [...]

    10. 3.5 StarsSet in the years leading up to The Revolution, this monumental book is Solzhenitsyn s interpretation of a turbulent period in his country s history, beginning with the outbreak of World War I We follow Russia s invasion of East Prussia, a hapless campaign, culminating in the near destruction of the Second Army at the Battle of Tannenburg, and the suicide of its commanding general, the blundering Alexander Samsonov Subsequent sections encompass the life of Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin, [...]

    11. From BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3 A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s epic story of the first battle of the Eastern Front in 1914 which was a disaster for Russia Solzhenitsyn s book was published in the West one year after he won the prize with sections about Lenin omitted It was only after his expulsion from the USSR that the complete book was available This new production is narrated by Fiona Shaw.In August 1914, Colonel Vorotyntsev advances into East Prussia in [...]

    12. Ironically,I am writing this review on the 11th November I have categorised it as fiction but there is a strong factual element can I call it military faction After Ivan Denisovich, the size of this book came as a surprise and the writing expands to fill the space between the covers, without lapse or hiatus We remember our own war dead, but seem to have forgotten that the Russians lost twice as many men as did the UK The appalling carnage at the beginning of the war is well described where men w [...]

    13. This is a must read book for anyone who is interested in almost any aspect of European literature and or Russian history and literature Solzhenitsyn has a way of writing that immediately involves the reader in the scene, the characters, the situation he creates He develops characters that stay with one, and makes one want to read and about their lives After this, I read Cancer Ward and First Circle and he creates worlds within worlds in these books as well.

    14. I read the original version of this soon after it came out in English, at the beginning of the 70s, along with Lenin in Zurich I liked it a lot, and it led me to much further reading on the subject of the Russian Front of WWI I admired the novel in its original form, with its many memorable scenes, and desperate situations I ve owned the Red Wheel version since it came out, and finally got around to reading it.Solzenhenitsyn s additions and revisions turned it into a shapeless mess, to be quite [...]

    15. I leave this book wondering why the Battle of Tannenberg isn t widely studied by military history buffs The Germans, initially caught off guard by the rapid speed of Russia s invasion of East Prussia, manage to defeat an enemy twice their size due to their better command structure, logistics, and by the incredible blunders made by their enemy, not least of which includes sending plans through telegraph wires without encoding them first Though a work of fiction, the battle itself is presented ac [...]

    16. The First World War was so wasteful of human life on all sides This shows the Russian high command to be as inept as the British High Command and the victims are the poor proletariat fighting in the trenches is not surprising the Russians revolted shortly after.

    17. August 1914 is a novel by Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about Imperial Russia s defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg in East Prussia The novel was completed in 1970, first published in 1971, and an English translation was first published in 1972 The novel is an unusual blend of fiction narrative and historiography, and has given rise to extensive and often bitter controversy, both from the literary as well as from the historical point of view.Now that first paragraph is directly from wor [...]

    18. In this novel, Soviet Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitzyn takes on the theme of the Russian Army in the opening months of the First World War This novel was exceptionally well written, and it is surprising to me that enthusiasts of the First World War are not talking about it Perhaps it s because the novel was written in the late 1960s, long after the heyday of Great War literature in the 1930s Perhaps it s because the novel is about the Russian army and not one of the Western armies as the o [...]

    19. This is the first in Solzhenitsyn s epic novels about Russia in the First World War, November 1916 is the second Unless you can read Russian or French, the last two novels haven t been translated into English In November, the University of Notre Dames is publishing March 1917, the third volume It will be translated by Marian Schwartz Hopefully the fourth volume is in the works.

    20. It s hard not to add to all the comments that have already been made on this book Yes it was a marathon and a tough read, but I can t help but appreciate the man s genius while doing so It s difficult to recommend, but also difficult to give a low rating as a result I learned a lot, personally, from reading this.Reading some of the background of the battle described from other accounts, it s disturbing to think how pivotal the battle of Tannenburg was to world history The German army had the bri [...]

    21. One of the most marvellously complex novels I ve ever read Clearly an author to be spoken of in the same bracket as Dickens, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy I suspect the length of the novel however has prevented this from being one of his well known works Indeed, you do need at least an outline of WWI on the Eastern Front to be able to follow the first few hundred pages If you do however, this novel repays you handsomely The sheer frustration of watching the tragedy unfold from several perspectives and [...]

    22. Solzhenitsyn provides an account of the events surrounding the failed Russian army intiatives of mid August in 1914 His focus is not only on the First Army led by the hapless and nervous General Samsonov , but also the attempts of the brave Colonel Vorotyntsev to salvage a victory for Russia These events are all set amidst a backdrop of tense social and politicial rumbling which will ultimately leave to great upheaval Solzhenitsyn peeks into the lives of every day Russians and focuses on how the [...]

    23. This is an amazingly good book Solzhenitsyn does for the Great War in the east what Tolstoy did for the Napolianic wars of 1805 and 1812 But this is a series of perfect doorstops Each of the volumes makes War and Peace look like a novella But I always like a big, fat, thick novel even better if it is a Russian novel Solzhenitsyn does a wonderful job describing then Battle of Tannenburg confused valor on the part of the Russians effective leadership and uses of railroads by the Germans I also enj [...]

    24. This was my third Solzienitsyn book and my last The book covered the first two weeks of WW1 too much, too many characters who were mentioned one time then not again for 400 pages Out of the entire book, there is only one line I will remember, It was a quote by Tolstoy HOW CAN YOU ENJOY LLINING UP WORDS IN RANKS LIKE SOLDIERS ACCORDING TO THEIR SOUNDS CHILDISH NONSENSE It s unnatural The job of words is to express thoughts, and you don t find much thought in poetry do you There s a lot of poetry [...]

    25. Quite frankly, I simply could not finish this book Anyone who has read any WW 1 history knows the tragedy of Samsonv and his army encircled by German forces and effectively wiped out I have the sense that Solzhenitsyn couldn t decide if he was writing a history or a human story so he wrote something in between and I found it neither interesting or touching After reading 35% of the book I simply gave up.

    26. A new war and Peace A magnificent torso sadly unfinished Any body who likes war and peace should definitely read this.

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