Book review: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974)

Great review of a harrowing time in human history.

The Long Victorian

Book review – The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [pub. 1974]

Image of a Book The Gulag ArchipelagoThe Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is an account of the Soviet Union’s forced labour camp system. Apart from the prominence of ice and snow you probably think that it wouldn’t make ideal Christmas reading. But let me give you three reasons why you might want to read it. Reason one: it will be one of the most memorable books that you’ve ever read. Reason two: it is told by a natural story teller. Yes, it’s a long journey, but it won’t be the unrelenting humourless grind that you imagine. Reason three: it may re-wire your brain; or at least you might not be the same person by the time you finish it. After reading this remarkable history it will be harder to take whatever blessings you have for granted, and you may worry over trivialities less frequently. Not…

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