Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Book I Just Finished

It's about a single day in the life of a gulag prisoner in the Soviet era--just like the title suggests. Simple and short.  I enjoyed it.  What makes it powerful is Solzhenitsyn's way of making the utterly ordinary into the sublime and almost supernatural.  I have never before experienced the emotions associated with realizing the worth of a tiny crust of bread.



  1. About time you (finally) finished this book (loser). One of my all-time favorites of any genre of literature. To this day, I still find myself, whenever cold, saying that I'd like "to get a warm." Shukov is an amazing character.

    Brilliant book.

  2. I find myself more grateful for shoes, coats, bread, sleep, time to read, and freedom.