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F the culture and values of the Soviet Union's Central Asian peopl. Early on I thought I was going to absolutely love this book but it didn t lastIt started as a two plot novel One involved the death of a respected elder at a remote very very remote Soviet railway junction and the efforts by Yeidigei his close friend to brings the body fur burial at a distant cemetery that holds meaning for the tied to the region The other plot involves a joint US Soviet space mission that is I really don t want to spoil thisSeemed to me like like an odd juxtaposition traditional thing along the lines of Faulkner s As I Lay Dying which also involved transporting a corpse for burial but had uite a lot in it and humor than you d expect from a story line like this intertwined with the kind of science fiction writing I most admire straightforward no obsession gee whiz look what I can conjure up techno toys and a relevant political theme Not sure how it would all connect but what the heck an author need not reveal all in the early stages I was all in Hooked and eager to go furtherThat loud thud you may heave heard was really my great expectations plunging to the ground in a dead heapI suppose a high school student assigned an essay could sueeze out 150 words or so on the way the two plots connected but I d excuse that knowing how important it is to do what the teacher wants and get a decent grade But really they never connect at least not in a than trivial way at the every endAnd contrary to my initial assumption this wasn t a multi plot novel The sci fi story uickly petered out and died and like the deceased elder got a disappointing burial at the end This was really a one plot novel all the way And as it turned out it didn t hold a candle to As I Lay Dying The funeral procession was just a literary jumping off point for what I suppose was the real novel the story of Yedidigei and the remote railway junction in which he lives with injection of some older folk stories from the region It s not as if this was awful There was interest to it How could there not be dealing with all that went on in Stalin land But it just seemed to drag on for many pages than was warranted by the material especially the amount of paper and ink devoted to the rebellion of the rambunctious camel I know that this book is a Goodreads superstar judging by the prevalence of five star reviews including two from folks I know in real life I don t know Maybe I d have been satisfied had Aitmatov not built up a big sci fi expectation early on only to leave me increasingly frustrated and irritated as his failure to deliver dragged on and on and on

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Set in the vast windswept Central Asian steppes and the infinite r. This is easily in the top ten of best books I have ever read Aitmatov is an over looked genius While the translation I read is less than the best there are passages so lyrical they could easily pass for poetryI attempted to give a review of the book to my Toastmasters Club and discovered that it is simply too complex and filled with layers of meaning to cover in a 7 minute speech I cannot do it justice here I will just note that anyone interested in any of the following will like this bookSoviet History from World War II to the 1970sCentral Asia especially in the Soviet EraIslam in Central AsiaLove Death Sounds like a Woody Allen movie huhGrowing oldHope DespairThe Space raceLike any great book One Day Lasts More Than 100 Years is mot a difficult read It carries the reader on the flow of the narrative The hard part comes when you realize you are nearing the last page and will have to go to work to integrate all of what you ve read into your consciousness KING note that anyone interested in any of the following will like this bookSoviet History from World War II to the 1970sCentral Asia especially in the Soviet EraIslam in Central AsiaLove Death Sounds like a Woody Allen movie huhGrowing oldHope DespairThe Space raceLike any great book One Day Lasts More Than 100 Years is mot a difficult read It carries the reader on the flow of the Ty jesteś moje imię narrative The hard part comes when you realize you are The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy nearing the last page and will have to go to work to integrate all of what you ve read into your consciousness

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Eaches of galactic space this powerful novel offers a vivid view o. In the semester of 911 I was teaching International Conflict It was one of the best set of students I ever had One of them Kydr from Kyrgyzstan whom I met again one day inside the Blue Masjid in Istanbul gave me this book to read He said it was one of the best books by a world class writer I had my doubts But then I read it And wow In part its a homage to to Gabriel Garcia Maruez But mostly it is about the encounter between the traditional cultures conuered first by Russia and then by the USSR and the modernity that this conuering brought I have sometimes thought that Achebe s Things Fall Apart is the only plot that 3rd worlders writers write Here is a version of it But the details are utterly different And so is the spirit of the prose This book takes you there in time and place


10 thoughts on “И дольше века длится день

  1. says:

    И дольше века длится день = The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years, Chingiz AitmatovThe Day Lasts More Than a H

  2. says:

    This is easily in the top ten of best books I have ever read. Aitmatov is an over looked genius. While the translation I read is less than the best, there are passages so lyrical they could easily pass for poetry.I attempted to give a review o

  3. says:

    A fervent tale that reveals just how real, how surreal, how drastic, the gap is between modern and traditional lifestyles. The prose,

  4. says:

    In the semester of 9/11, I was teaching International Conflict. It was one of the best set of students I ever had. One of them, Kydr from Kyrgyzstan whom I met again one day inside the Blue Masjid in Istanbul gave me this book to read. He said it was one of the best books by a world class writer. I had my doubts. But then

  5. says:

    There are actually people who rated this book 1 star. For me it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so simple a

  6. says:

    This is the third novel I've read by the Kyrgyz writer and again he manages to make me fall in love in his characters and narrative. There is something special and unique in Aitmatov's writing that I seldom see

  7. says:

    Read this book. I mean really how often do you get at chance to read a book set in Kyrgyzstan written by a Kyrgyz. Last summer at the cottage I cut myself while sawing wood for my sauna. The Doctor who sewed me up had been raised and educated in Kyrgyzstan. Her opinion of me went up when I was able to tell her that I had r

  8. says:

    Early on, I thought I was going to absolutely love this book, but it didn’t last.It started as a two plot novel. One involved the death of a respected elder at a remote (very, very remote) Soviet railway junction and the efforts by Yeidigei, his close friend, to brings the body fur burial at a distant cemetery that holds meaning for the tied to the region. The other plot involves a joint U.S. Soviet space mission that

  9. says:

    This is exactly the sort of book I was hoping to find when I started my world fiction challenge: a truly excellent and accessible novel that deserves to be much widely read. Fiction in translation covers a wide spectrum, sometimes feeling very foreign and bizarre, but there’s something wonderful and life affirming about finding a

  10. says:

    The tragedy of a man who is squeezed between Soviet modernism and the traditions of his fellow people, giving a feel for what it was like to live through the 1950s in Soviet Kazakhstan, the tension between the traditional Kazakh culture and the Soviet bureaucracy. In my mind's eye, I saw the story unfolding in the mainlan

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