Hero of Our Time (Modern Library)

by Lermontov, Mikhail | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812970764 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingBoekentrolwing of Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on 1/6/2011
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingBoekentrolwing from Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Thursday, January 06, 2011
Synopsis:
"Russian literature's first major prose novel, this gripping work was a primary influence on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and other great 19th-century writers. The author drew upon his personal Byronic exploits to create these picaresque adventures amid the rugged Caucasus in the company of bandits, freebooters, and beautiful women."

Journal Entry 2 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Thursday, January 06, 2011
This version of one of my favorite books I bought especially for the "Favorite Books Roundabout", so that the others in this ring, who do not read Dutch or Russian still can read it.
I hope they like it as much as I did when I first read it.

Journal Entry 3 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Received the book in today´s mail. One ring book ahead and then I will start with this one.

Edit 21.1.2011: I finished reading this book today. I really enjoyed it and I think what makes this round-about so special is that you get to read books you would normally not have picked up. The cover did not appeal to me at all but once I had started with the story it really captivated me. I could really picture the mountains, the Caucasus and also the characters in the book. Thanks for sharing.

P.S.: Unfortunately, the binding of this book does not seem to be the best. I have not glued any of the pages because then it becomes difficult to read. This might have to be done in the future, though.

Journal Entry 4 by LiniP at on Friday, January 21, 2011

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This book is off as part of the international favourite book round-about (2nd round).

Journal Entry 5 by Philosoraptor at Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Saturday, January 29, 2011
Book received! Many thanks, look forwarding to reading this soon :)

Journal Entry 6 by Philosoraptor at Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Saturday, March 26, 2011

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I regret that I was not able to get very far into this book in the time it spent with me but that which I had read I was beginning to enjoy. I hope maybe I can pick up where I left off at some later point. My apologies and I hope that this special book will be done justice by the next reader.

Journal Entry 7 by karen07814 at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, March 31, 2011
my turn

Journal Entry 8 by karen07814 at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Monday, April 04, 2011
Initially I struggled with this one. I think it may be because the telling of the story by two or more people was sometimes within the same chapter.
When it moved on to the journal section my comfort level increased and I started to enjoy it.
A clever tale depicting the downside of man's emotions.
Thank you for sharing now off to the next person

Journal Entry 9 by marsala at Chiswick, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, April 07, 2011
Ooh, this seems like something I might enjoy! Thank you Totje2 for sharing it. (And you've read it in russian too!)

I've finished reading it and I had a bit of trouble keeping the plot (allthough I think that is more to do with my lack of concentration then the book). Beside that, I really enjoyed reading it. I usually enjoyed russian literature, but I find that they take some time getting used too. I takes a while before I'm really in to the story. But then Lermontov describes the caucasus beautifully, and it's easy to get a picture in your mind of what is happening. And to think that he was only 25 when he wrote this book, it is very impressive!

Journal Entry 10 by marsala at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 06, 2011

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On its way to lemon-crisis.

Journal Entry 11 by rem_BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, May 09, 2011
Arrived safely today, thanks! From the blurb this sounds like a Russian Genji (shorter though!)

Journal Entry 12 by rem_BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, June 10, 2011
I enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first, but then I got into it and finished it in a day. Unlike some Russian (and non-Russian) classics, the language is informal and it's easy to read. Whether this is Lermontov's way of writing or due to the translator I don't know, but it makes a nice change! It does end rather abruptly I thought, but then again it works like that.

It's also on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list, so that's one more ticked off!

One thing I would say - I read it carefully so I didn't have problems, but as LiniP pointed out, some of the pages are loose and I think they will need to be fixed soon.

Thanks for sharing this book Totje2. I have three other books with me (one from the Favourite Roundabout and two bookrings) that all need to go to mafarrimond after me, so I'll wait until after the weekend and send two along to her.

Journal Entry 13 by rem_BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, June 13, 2011

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Posted on to mafarrimond today, along with a bookring book. Enjoy! =]

Journal Entry 14 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, June 18, 2011
A new author for me. I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 15 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I have to admit to not only having read any of Lermontov's novels but to having not heard of him. An unusual hero - amoral but somehow appealing and amusing. I enjoyed the descriptions of the country and the era of the nove.

Thanks for introducing me to Lermontov.

Journal Entry 16 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Posting on.

Journal Entry 17 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Just arrived. This is a book I've never heard of, never mind not read. I don't even know the author so another plus for the favourites roundabout.

Journal Entry 18 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 15, 2011
I've got to say, like others, I struggled to get into it and was really quite confused most of the time. However it did get better nearer the end.

Journal Entry 19 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 15, 2011

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Off on it's way on the roundabout.

Journal Entry 20 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 18, 2011
Thank you so much. I will read this and pass it on

Journal Entry 21 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
It took a bit of getting in to but about half way through it started flowing beautifully. Thank you for showing me a book I would never have picked up.

Journal Entry 22 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Enjoy

Journal Entry 23 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The book's with me now, spasibo! I minored in Russian language and literature when doing my first degree and this book was part of my course. It's been so long, though, that I'm looking forward to reading it again - and in English, not Russian, this time :)

Journal Entry 24 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Turns out I'd forgotten most of the story so really enjoyed re-reading it. Like everyone else, it seems, I had a bit of trouble getting into the story but once the diary section started, I got hooked. As Russian classics go, this is easy reading :)

Here's a good, if brief, review by The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/27/hero-our-time-lermontov-review

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Next off to dutch-book, the last one in the roundabout. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 25 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Arrived this weekend. Great edition and looks like an insightful read. Thanks for sending!

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