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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Read The World - Kazakhstan - A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich

Book: A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Pages: 208
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO

This is my 70th read for the year. 

I have never been this far along with books at this point in any year.  I am moving at a good clip.  And that is good since there are a lot of countries to get through

I have read books from 87 different countries (Some countries I had already done before Jan. of this year).  There are 202 countries on the list, so, doing good!

During WWII, Ivan Denisovich is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to 10 years hard labor in a prison camp.  Most of the inmates are there on false charges (or ones that have been exaggerated).  The book talks about life in the prison and how the prisoners live.  The whole book takes place over just one day of his over 3650 day sentence. 

It was a pretty good book.  I listened to this one, and I think that might have been a mistake.  I say that only because the narrator of this book wasn't great, and I found my mind wondering during the story from time to time.  BUT - beyond that, the story was a good one.  This book covers just one day in an unjust imprisonment of one person during the war.  He will not let external forces defeat him.  Its underlying message is that we all must do what we need to do to get through each day - no matter what the challenges are.

Check this one out.  However - I recommend reading instead of listening.

Stars: 3 1/2

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