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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I confess I’m still far behind in my reading.

    One thing that strikes me is the constantly shifting point of view. Solzhenitsen uses the device of shifting limited-omniscient points of view remarkably well to illustrate the utter absurdity of the situation. By the time he meditates on the paranoia of Stalin and the mixture of political gobbledegook and historical trivia that passes for political conformity and the mindless crush of bureaucracy perpetuating itself for its own sake like a cancer nearing metastasis, it’s clear that the real problem with the Soviet state is not its downright silly ideology but its debilitating gloat in its governmental apparatus.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Another handicap I suffer (if you can call it that) from is that my free reading time is Sunday afternoons in my back yard. Ninety degree afternoons cooled down with orange-basil cocktails is probably not quite the same level of privation intended by the author. And it lends to composition mistakes from my tablet.Report