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  1. Observant goodreaders, of whom there are many, will have noticed the rather curious rendering of the title of this book, which literally would be "The Quiet Don" into British English. Well the story goes that because a Don in British English is a member of the Oxbridge teaching staff, the kind of person usually expected to be mostly quiet, that readers would imagine this to be a novel about a typical Oxbridge academic and so the publisher went for the current title to make clear they meant the r [...]

  2. Tiknii Don = Quiet Flows the Don: a novel in Four books, Mikhail SholokhovAnd Quiet Flows the Don or Quietly Flows the Don (Тихий Дон, literally "Quiet Don") is an epic novel in four volumes by Russian writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov. The first three volumes were written from 1925 to 1932 and published in the Soviet magazine Oktyabr in 1928–1932, and the fourth volume was finished in 1940. The English translation of the first three volumes appeared under this title in 1934.عن [...]

  3. Un roman uriaş, (uriaş atât la propriu cât şi la figurat, cu peste 1800 de pagini în 4 volume, listat pe ca volum unic), cea mai masivă operă literară pe care mi-a fost dat să o duc până la capăt până acum. O lectură copleşitoare şi tulburătoare, o poveste amplă şi foarte detaliată despre apusul unei lumi, despre câteva destine simple de cazaci, ce îşi vor fi pierdut pentru totdeauna liniştea în confruntarea nemiloasă cu plaga roşie a sovietelor ruseşti, care aveau [...]

  4. I initially thought reading this would take longer than a month, but somehow I managed to rock its Russian face. It's no secret that these Russian tomes can often be dense, filled with hundreds of characters (with a bunch of different names) doing things in highly detailed settings, where things like a blade of grass or a pebble in a river somehow manage to be a character themselves for fifty pages or so. Russian novels are dark and cold, just like the land from whence they came. Many of the aut [...]

  5. I found this book--literally--about 30 years ago while I was a freshman in college. I was wandering around the stacks of the library at Texas A&M University and found the two-book series, And Quiet Flows the Don and the Don Flows Home to the Sea. I was looking for a good book and I was looking for a better program of study (engineering wasn't my thing). I hadn't heard of Mikhail Sholokov and still don't know very many who have. Despite a fairly heavy load in school I dove in and began readin [...]

  6. How does one go about writing a review of one’s favourite book of all? One runs the risk of making one of two errors: one might either ignore flaws, and praise too much, to the point of gushing; or, one might try and be too critical in an attempt to be even-handed, and thus sell the work short.Mikhail Sholokhov’s Quiet Flows the Don (that’s the complete and unabridged English edition of Tikhii Don, “The Quiet Don” in the original Russian) is not an easy book to read. It’s not somethi [...]

  7. اوف بلاخره تموم شدجلد اول بیشتر زندگی روستایی قزاق ها پیش از انقلاب روسیه و پخش شدن تفکرات انقلابی و زندگی معمولی مردم پیش از جنگ, گریگوری عاشق زن همسایه اکسینا میشه و ماجرا های بعد از اون که بهتره زیاد داستان را لو ندم.جلد دوم جنگ جهانی اول و درگیری المان با روسیه است جنگ معمول [...]

  8. الدون الهادئ…ميخائيل شولوخوفإنما الأدب الخصب حقًا ، هو الذي يلذّك حين تقرؤه ، لأنه يقدّم إليك ما يُرضي عقلك وشعورك ، ولأنه يوحي إليك ما ليس فيه ، ويلهمك ما لم تشتمل عليه النصوص ، ويعيرك من خصبه خصبًا ، ومن ثروته ثروة ، ومن قوته قوة ، و يُنطقك كما أنطق القدماء ، ولا يستقر في قلب [...]

  9. I read this book under strange circumstances, as part of a group reading in a group, lasted a long time and I was unable to follow its timetable, so I read it occasionally and I was unable to into it. This, of course, is bad on the one hand but on the other hand the lack of emotional involvement in most of this book can make me make a more calm and objective review. Of course, at the beginning, when I read almost normal, this engagement existed as the author made a truly majestic account of life [...]

  10. One of the best russian books I have ever read. Is "sweeping epic" a cliche thing to say?A sweeping epic.

  11. I am glad to see Quiet Flows the Don is back in print in English. Sholokhov won the Nobel Prize for this novel of war and revolution among the Don Cossack host. Although painted across a backdrop of history, it is primarily the love story of Gregor and Aksinya. As much of great 20th century Russian literature, the style harks back to Tolstoy, but the subject matter is undeniably Soviet. Published in 1929, Quiet Flows the Don was the pinnacle of Sholokhov's career. He never again produced a work [...]

  12. Fabulous reading and now for a rather, methinks, irreverent view via a Rupert Everett (smack in the puss) film: /title/tt0384712/Mea Culpa: see that line above re the film. NOPE! The film is more than my 'ickle heart could have imagined. Superb!If anyone should ask me what is the best ever book it would have to be this.A winter re-read is now top of the agenda.

  13. In Russian, the most beautifully written and original prose I've ever read, by a mile. The language is simply stunning and makes even inanimate objects appear as alive as most human characters in average novels. It would be a monumental task to translate it into other languages, I suspectAside from the language, it's an epic read about a very interesting people in a crucial time in Russian history -- Cossacks during the Russian Revolution. It depicts the life of ordinary but fierce and colorful [...]

  14. It was aight. Should not have been 554 pagesThe first section ("Peace") held my attention because I had never read descriptions of the olde tyme Cossack lifestyle before. It was cool to see their daily life for a while (espicially as an ethnic and social group distinct from the surrounding mostly Russian peasantry). However in later sections the book dwelt heavily on the goings on of this village region. This is problematic for a few reasons. 1) we already got all that information in the first s [...]

  15. This book was published in 1934 and is a beautifully written novel about Cossack culture and history from the late 1800’s through WWI, the Russian Revolution, and the civil war immediately following. I knew little about the Cossacks and was fascinated by this picture of their lives, culture, and political aspirations, all of which have apparently disappeared. Sholokhov has written a work as interesting as War and Peace, I think, focusing on a particular group within Russian society, a group in [...]

  16. اين رمان يك رمان تلفيقي است تم سياسي/اجتماعي وخانوادگي دارد اين كتاب درباره زندگي قزاق هاي ساكن كناره رود دن است زمان رمان به جنگ جهاني اول وانقلاب اكتبر روسيه برميگردد رمان شخصيت هاي زيادي دارد كه مهمترين شخصيت كتاب گريگور است او شخصي شجاع وجنگجو وخستگي ناپذير است گريگور عا [...]

  17. This is a really strange book - it is in four parts. The first two are brilliant hardyesque descriptions of peasant life in peace and war. Part three sees the novel's structure collapse as the Russian Revolution takes hold. Sholokov was clearly obliged to incorporate much Marxist theory and the tone becomes quite abstract. The final part sees a return to the countryside, and an inconclusive finish. The only consistent progression in this novel is the role and treatment of women. In the opening c [...]

  18. Separating ideas and people is a task that bedevils Russian writers, and their characters often turn into expressions of some point of view or other. This tendency takes a toll on And Quiet Flows the Don, the story of the Don River Cossacks’ struggle through World War I and revolution. After a decent start, it stalls into a plodding chronicle with people thrown in as extras. Socialist realism gives it a unique stamp, but it also leaves readers indifferent to the fate of the people in its pages [...]

  19. Tiểu thuyết rất hay, thấm đẫm tính nhân văn , tác giả kể về cuộc nội chiến với giọng văn truyền cảm , lối miêu tả cuốn hút , xen lẫn những tình tiết, câu nói hài hước của các nhân vật (ấn tượng nhất câu nói của ông bố Grigori : ngu gì mà ngu khổ ngu sở ) khiến cho tuy là tác phẩm kể về chiến tranh nhưng độc giả vẫn có thể kiễn nhẫn đọc hết , đây không phải là tác phẩm quá [...]

  20. Those Russians certainly know how to write a novel! Amazing book - incredibly modern given when it was written - almost feminist in places. Characters are so real, flawed, human and infuriating - plot like the Don, thick and relentlessA book with the power to make you think differently about things in your own life (which is of course hugely different from life in a cossack village or regiment). Hard to imagine that he has written something so 'in' its time but also so timelessI'm reading the ne [...]

  21. A great Russian epic novel about the lives of ordinary people in the time of turmoil, a story about peace, war, life and death! An absolute masterpiece written in a superb language! A Nobel Prize well deserved!

  22. Very complex, I learnt more about Russia from this book than anything else I read. Despite being very anti-Russian at that time, I loved it.

  23. اگر صفحات خسته کنندۀ مربوط به جنگها را صرفنظر کنیم رمان تأثیر گذار و تأثر انگیزی بود با ترجمۀ بی همتای شاملوی بزرگ

  24. Very late at night I reached the end of this unique epic book. Russian literature treasure awarded by the Nobel prize totally deserves to be called one of the best novels of the XXth century.It starts with the First book describing a peaceful living of several Cossack families and Sholokhov makes two people front and center of the story: Grigori and Aksinia. All I can say is that I'm in love with them both. Two amazing realistic characters, flawed, passionate, logical, sometimes illogical. They [...]

  25. I found a translation by Robert Daglish which was revised and edited by Brian Murphy. This edition was published by Carroll & Graf in 1996. The ISBN is: 0786703601. J. M. Dent published it in the UK.I've been wanting to read this since high school, when my father would occasionally refer to a great book he'd read years before. At that time, the English translation of the title was AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON. He said it was about a Russian soldier driven to the point of exhaustion. He added that [...]

  26. 3.5* I liked the first 2 of the 4 sections very much but unfortunately, I struggled with the last 2 parts. These final parts, "Revolution" and "Civil War", left the characters from the first sections aside for the majority of the text and the descriptions of fighting were of much less interest to me.I did find the information about the Cossacks fascinating -- their position pre-World War 1 was not that of the aristocracy yet they were landowners (mostly small farmers). They worked hard at physic [...]

  27. Я никогда не поверю в то, что этот роман мог написать 22-летний мальчик. Литература, тем более исторический роман, - это искусство, которому очень долго надо учиться. Слету талантливый юноша может написать повесть о любви, но никак не монументальное полотно. Утверждать обратн [...]

  28. And over the village slipped the days, passing into the nights; the weeks flowed by, the months crept on, the wind howled, and, glassified with an autumnal, translucent, greenish-azure, the Don flowed tranquilly down to the sea.*When swept out of its normal channel, life scatters into innumerable streams. It is difficult to foresee which it will take in its treacherous and winding course. Where to-day it flows in shallows, like a rivulet over sandbanks, so shallow that the shoals are visible, to [...]

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