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Victor Ippolitovich Komarovsky was Andrei Zhivago ' s lawyer and is Dr. Zhivago, until recently known as Yura but now addressed more and more often as. The publication of the first new English-language translation in fifty-two years of Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago is a literary event in and of itself, but when . Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site.
It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent, violent and uncertain but There was no way I could ever escape reading Doctor Zhivago. It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent, violent and uncertain but yet future-defining era in Russian history - the time frame around the Russian Revolution and the following years of brutality and confusion in the Russian Civil War.
The driving forces of the story are the frequently senseless and almost always cruel historical events, a greater force against which the efforts and intentions and agency itself of the characters are pathetically, frustratingly helpless and futile. It is really a story of individual fates trampled under the relentlessly rolling forward bulldozer of history. What may surprise some people who via the phenomenon of 'cultural osmosis' may know of this story as one of the greatest stories of forbidden and doomed love ever written or something of similar sort, a misunderstanding perhaps perpetuated by the s screen adaptation of this book , the love story is a quite small part of the overall plot.
Don't read it for the pangs of unrequited love or the tension of the love triangle - the disappointment is sure to come if those are your expectations. Boris Pasternak, with the bravery not encouraged in the Soviet Union, seemed to be not only acutely aware of the historical forces relentlessly driving the lives of his compatriots but also - which was definitely unacceptable and a few years prior to the completion of the novel, under the ever-increasing paranoia of Josef Stalin's rule, would have been in the best-case scenario punished by quite a few years in GULAG concentration camps in the depths of Siberia - recognized the absolute senselessness of so much if what had happened.
His courage in expressing such views paid off in the form Nobel Prize that he was successfully pressured to reject back in ; the Nobel Prize that was given as we know now not just for the merits of the novel itself but for what it represented - a daring slap in the face of the Soviet system both despised and feared in the Western world. While I'm at it, I'd like to make sure I get across that while being quite skeptical about the October Socialist Revolution and its consequences, Pasternak was definitely not even close to being starry-eyed or wearing rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia when it came to the old way of living in Russia, the world shattered by the events of the revolution.
He never leaves a doubt that the old world order needed to be changed, that the change was both necessary and organically expected; but the direction the change took was painfully brutal and, perhaps, less than ideal, and those who have suffered from such a radical change were perhaps the best people Russia had at that time - but their value has not made them any less vulnerable to the unrelenting march of time and dictatorship of proletariat.
In real life everything gets mixed up! Don't you think you'd have to be a hopeless nonentity to play only one role all your life, to have only one place in society, always to stand for the same thing? No surprise he used his novel to express them. Therefore you do get pages and pages of beautifully expressed opinions in the form of passionate speeches. These pages are both wonderful since they are so insightful and interesting and full of understanding of internal and external conflicts that go into the formation of these opinions - as well as actually detrimental to the novel in the way we usually think of novels, since there is little dialog as such, most of it replaced by passionate oration.
These speeches hinder the narrative flow and introduce early on the feeling of artificialness, never allowing you to forget that this novel is a construction that serves the author's purpose rather than being an organic story.
History cannot be seen, just as one cannot see grass growing. Wars and revolutions, kings and Robespierres, are history's organic agents, its yeast.
But revolutions are made by fanatical men of action with one-track mind, geniuses in their ability to confine themselves to a limited field. They overturn the old order in a few hours or days, the whole upheaval takes a few weeks or at most years, but the fanatical spirit that inspired the upheavals is worshiped for decades thereafter, for centuries.
I could never shake off the feeling that the characters were present as merely the vehicles for driving the story to where the author wanted it to go; they never developed into real people for me, instead remaining the illustrations of Pasternak's points and the mouthpieces for his ideas.
In short, to me even pages in, they remained little but obedient marionettes. Besides, what I found a bit distracting and ringing of contrivance was the sheer amount of coincidences and unbelievable run-ins into each other that all his characters experienced in the vast reaches of the Russian empire with more frequency that one would expect from neighbors in a tiny village.
The web of destiny with these improbable consequences tends to disintegrate into the strings holding up puppets, and that's unfortunate in such a monumental book.
And Pasternak's prose - it left me torn. On one hand, his descriptions are apt and beautiful, making scenes come to life with exceptional vividness. On the other hand, his descriptors and sentences frequently tend to clash, marring otherwise beautiful picture. Pasternak's novel had been an international success, and producer Carlo Ponti was interested in adapting it as a vehicle for his wife, Sophia Loren.
Lean, coming off the huge success of Lawrence of Arabia , wanted to make a more intimate, romantic film to balance the action- and adventure-oriented tone of his previous film. Sharif loved the novel, and when he heard Lean was making a film adaptation, he requested to be cast in the role of Pasha which ultimately went to Tom Courtenay.
Sharif was quite surprised when Lean suggested that he play Zhivago himself. Michael Caine tells in his autobiography that he also read for Zhivago and participated in the screen shots with Christie, but after watching the results with David Lean was the one who suggested Omar Sharif.
Lean was able to convince Ponti that Loren was not right for the role of Lara, saying she was "too tall" and confiding in screenwriter Robert Bolt that he could not accept Loren as a virgin for the early parts of the film , and Yvette Mimieux , Sarah Miles and Jane Fonda were considered for the role.
Ultimately, Julie Christie was cast based on her appearance in Billy Liar , and the recommendation of John Ford , who directed her in Young Cassidy Sharif's son Tarek was cast as the young Zhivago in the film and Sharif directed his son as a way to get closer to his character.
Because the book was banned in the Soviet Union, it could not be filmed there. Lean's experience filming a part of Lawrence of Arabia in Spain, access to CEA studios, and the guarantee of snow in some parts of Spain led to his choosing the country as the primary location for filming.
The "ice-palace" at Varykino was filmed in Soria as well, a house filled with frozen beeswax. The charge of the partisans across the frozen lake was also filmed in Spain; a cast iron sheet was placed over a dried river-bed, and fake snow mostly marble dust was added on top.
Although uncredited, most of those scenes were actually shot on the Portuguese side of the river, overlooking the Spanish side. Yura also Yuri Zhivago attends his mother's funeral.
He is only ten years old and takes the loss hard. A short while later, his father jumps off a moving train, committing suicide. Orphaned and penniless due to his father's squandering of the family's wealth, Yuri is raised by others who send him to school. Lara, a young schoolgirl, becomes involved in an affair with a much older man, Komarovsky. She tries to shoot him dead one night at a Christmas party. Yuri sees Lara occasionally but does not have any relationship with her at this point.
Yuri earns his degree in medicine and becomes Dr. Lara marries Pasha and starts a family in her hometown, Yuriatin.
Yuri marries Tonia, a young woman with whom he had grown up. World War I begins, and Dr. Zhivago serves as a field doctor. Pasha leaves Lara to join the army. She trains to be a nurse and goes to find Pasha, who has been declared missing in action.
On the front she meets Dr.