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« on: December 26, 2003, 07:54:49 AM »

I read Solzhenitzyn's Harvard Commencement speech and I loved it. Can anybody recommend which of his books would be best to start with? (BTW I prefer light reading. I can make my way through a First Things article if it's interesting, but my ADD usually gets the best of me. Sad )
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2003, 08:11:32 AM »

I read Solzhenitzyn's Harvard Commencement speech and I loved it. Can anybody recommend which of his books would be best to start with? (BTW I prefer light reading. I can make my way through a First Things article if it's interesting, but my ADD usually gets the best of me. Sad )
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I think you'll find no "light" reading in Solzhenitzyn. I read the Gulag Archepelago,The First Circle, and The Cancer Ward in quick succession about twenty years ago. Not particularily demanding reading but rather ponderous in content nevertheless. I do need to update my reading  of his newer works. Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2003, 10:05:53 AM »

I would probably reccomend, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich(sp?).  It is fairly straightforward, isn't too long, and is very rewarding.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2003, 12:50:21 PM »

Recently an abridged version of The Gulag Archipelago was published. Definately worth checking out.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060007761/qid=1072457334/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/002-1438929-4348030
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2003, 04:29:09 PM »

I second "A Day in the Life...." very good...all of his work is.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2003, 12:18:55 AM »

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch is excellent, and I agree with David that it is a good place to start.

Two superb short novels by Solzhenitsyn are An Incident at Krechetovka Station and Matryona's House. They are available in a single volume called We Never Make Mistakes (New York: W.W. Norton, 1996).

Warning: Matryona's House will make you cry.
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