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В настоящую книгу вошел роман советского писателя Н.Островского "Как закалялась сталь", где в яркой художественной форме раскрывается образ молодого борца революции Павла Корчагина....

Title : How the Steel Was Tempered
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ISBN : 9780714705859
Format Type : Other Book
Number of Pages : 376 Pages
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How the Steel Was Tempered Reviews

  • Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
    2018-11-13 09:28

    শেষ করতে পারলাম তাহলে!! [বিজয়ীর হাসি] খারাপ কথাবার্তা আগে লিখি...বইটা সম্পর্কে সবচেয়ে প্রচলিত প্রশংসা হল এটা মঙ্গলগ্রহে নিয়ে যাবার জন্য সবচেয়ে বেশী ভোট পাওয়া বই। তবে আমি খুব ভাল করেই জানি যে এই বই আমি মঙ্গল গ্রহে নিচ্ছি না। একবছর ধরে আসলে বইটা পড়তে থাকলেও এবার শুরু থেকে পাঁচ দিনে পড়লাম। এর জন্য নিজেকে রং চা, দুধ-চা, কফি চা, গরম কফি, কোল্ড কফি, ব্ল্যাক কফি সহ নানা ধরণের ঘুষ প্রদান করতে হয়েছে। আর নিজেকে ঘুষ প্রদানের সুব্যবস্থা খুব সম্ভবত মঙ্গল গ্রহে থাকবে না। জানি না দোষটা কার, লেখকের না অনুবাদকের, কখনো মনে হয়েছে লেখকের, কখনো বা মনে হয়েছে অনুবাদকের, আমার কাছেন্যারেশন খুবই ফ্লাট মনে হয়েছে। পাঠক হিসাবে ব্যাতিক্রমী ন্যারেশন আমাকে খুব বেশী টানে এবং ভাল ন্যারেশনের গুণে একটা ফ্লাট গল্পও আমি গোগ্রাসে গিলে ফেলি। এছাড়াও অনেক জায়গাতে মনে হয়েছে লেখকঅগোছালো হয়ে গেছেন। একটু আধটু অগোছালো লেখায় আমার তেমন কোনো সমস্যা হয় না, কিন্তু যখন জানি যে মঙ্গল গ্রহে নেবার জন্য মোস্ট ভোটেড বই এটি, সেই বই অগোছালো হওয়াটা বেশ হতাশাজনক। বইয়ের কিছু কিছু জায়গা অপ্রয়োজনীয় বলেও মনে হয়েছে। এবং এখন পর্যন্ত যে তিনটা ব্যাপারে সমালোচনা করলাম তিনটাই আসলে রিলেটেড। তিনটা মিলিয়ে একটা সমস্যা। এবার ভাল কথাবার্তা লিখি...বইটা সম্পর্কে সবচেয়ে প্রচলিত সমালোচনা হল, বইটা প্রোপাগান্ডামুলক বই। আমি আসলে প্রোপাগান্ডা খুঁজে পাই নি। একজন মানুষ যখন একটা আদর্শকে জীবনের সবচেয়ে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ স্থানটি দিবে এবং সেটার জন্য নিজেকে নিবেদিত করবে সেই আদর্শের প্রতি তার পক্ষপাত থাকবেই, সেটাইসততা। বরং সে যদি ওই আদর্শটাকে নিরপেক্ষ অবস্থান থেকে বর্ণনার চেষ্টা করে, ওটাই হিপোক্রেসি।তবে বই পড়ে আমি একটা জিনিসই জানি, আমি পাভেলের (বা নিকোলাই অস্ত্রভস্কির) কর্মী সত্ত্বাকে শ্রদ্ধা করি, নিজেকে জয় করার চেষ্টাকে ভালবাসি। আর এই জয় করার আরেকটা চেষ্টা, যেটা কিনা এই লেখাটাই তাকে বিভিন্ন দোষে দোষী করেও চার তারার কম দিয়ে পারা যায় না।

  • Antonius Block
    2018-10-24 09:25

    Zvezdica manje zbog mog entuzijastičnog oca koji je tokom restrikcija devedesetih, kad god bismo nas troje klinaca kukali kako nam je hladno, uvek odgovarao da smo mi neki Korčaginovci, skinuli bismo se do pasa i išli da sečemo drva uz povik: “Ne, drugovi, sada je toplo!”

  • Mariel Duarte
    2018-11-20 09:19

    i read this book years ago and i wasn't able to understand it because of my age, but now is really one of my favorites, i could believe the emotions of the character as if they were real and not something someone made up, even thought i´m not entirely sure if i like the character of pavel korchaguin due to the narrow minded in wich he is portraited and the fact that he has no toleration to other way of thinking that is not his own, and his true is the only true, but you can blame it to the history context in wich he lived.i like this book because there's not really a strugle between good and evil but just people trying to do what they thing is the right thing and get a better life.

  • Emgi
    2018-11-14 13:35

    I read this book long ago. I was maybe ten years old. (30 y ago..?)wow!!! it was my dad who started reading it. he read a few pages aloud to me and my sisters. we were so "enamored" of Pavel and his adventures alot. when Dad was at work, we read a few pages ... and then after a few days I red it by myself alone! I could not leave it from me, this amazing book. a year later I saw the movie at a cinema in Tehran.I have strong memories of the book. it is well writen.Yes it does propaganda but it shows a picture of the old Soviet. things that happens in the book, people and environment descriptions.... everything and everything is just so clear, so real! still remember some scenes from the book ... and see. the book is like a part of my childhood.

  • Nikos Tsentemeidis
    2018-10-30 10:38

    Ένα συγκλονιστικό και συγκινητικό έργο από τον Ostrovsky, ο οποίος στην ουσία περιγράφει την ιστορία της Ουκρανίας την εποχή της ρωσικής επανάστασης. Ο τραγικός ήρωας ταυτίζεται με τη ζωή του ίδιου του συγγραφέα, ο οποίος πέθανε μόλις 32 ετών, γράφοντας μέχρι τελευταία στιγμή στο κρεβάτι.

  • Rdt
    2018-10-30 10:47

    This book is probably the most famous example of Socialist Realism, which was the only approved writing style of the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. Ostrovsky vigorously toes the party line, extolling the virtues of the Red Army, the Bolsheviks and collectivization of farms while condemning the Whites, the bourgeoisie, the Trotskyites, bandits, wreckers and a variety of other imaginary enemies of the Soviet state. This book is also famous for being bad. As literature it gets a solid F. The vocabulary and imagery are beyond tired and trite, and the character development is non-existent. The book is filled with groaners and howlers, from the scene where Pavel meets his first girlfriend, the hopelessly bourgeois Tonya - he the barefoot boy fishing; she the schoolgirl in a sailor outfit - to that great line "a fierce and merciless class struggle gripped the Ukraine". When I took a Soviet literature class in college, we read another famous bad work of Socialist Realism, Gladkov's "Cement" and we were told by our professor that we should thank him for sparing us from Ostrovsky. But he was wrong. This book is so bad that it is good. It would be wrong to give it more than one star, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may not be literature, but it was fun, and perhaps no worse than similar pieces of literary tripe on the other side of the political spectrum, such as the garbage purveyed by Horatio Alger. I find it interesting to see how many people on Goodreads have given this book four or five stars and have written reviews saying that they found the book to be good or inspirational. It just goes to show how the inspirational power of communist ideas and mythologies can continue to endure despite the horrors of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot and the downfall of every communist government outside of China and Cuba. I get it. On one level it moved me too and made me wish that there might be a way to keep the good stuff in communism, but throw out the bad.

  • Antara Ghosh
    2018-11-19 07:42

    This is one of those books, that shaped my childhood dreams.Nikolai Ostrovsky is definitely my all time hero ...

  • Harry Saini
    2018-10-29 06:48

    It is not your classic page turner, but for me, it was simply the passion of Pavel Korchagin (the protagonist) that drove me through this book. Read the latter 200 pages in one sitting. You may want to feel a little sorry for Pavel by the end but his enthusiasm makes you realize that feeling sorry would be an insult to him.

  • Ahmed Sanny
    2018-10-28 10:31

    ক্লাস সেভেন থেকে নাইন, এর মধ্যে কোন এক সময় পড়েছিলাম ইস্পাত। মূল বই নয়, অনুবাদ ছিল সেটা। তাও কম করে হলেও দুই যুগ আগের কথা। বিপ্লবী সংগ্রাময় জীবন সম্পর্কে সব চাইতে স্পষ্ট ধারনা তৈরি হয়েছি এর পরেই। তারপর এমন ঝোক তৈরি হল যে রুশ বিপ্লব সংক্রান্ত যা পেতাম তাই গ্রোগ্রাসে গিলতাম। নিজেকে অনেক সুখী মনে হয় আমার ছোটবেলা নীলসাদা আর কম্পিউটার এর স্ক্রিনের সামনে না হয়ে কেটেছে এমন কিছু অসাধারণ রচনার মাঝে বুদ হয়ে।

  • Shahid Akhtar
    2018-10-25 09:28

    This is a book by a person who"burnt the candle of his life from both ends." One of the greatest biography written in a novel form. I read this book in English, Hindi and Marathi.

  • Huy Linh
    2018-10-25 11:36

    Mình đọc quyển này với 1 sự háo hức và kỳ vọng khá cao. Cuốn sách nổi tiếng, và trong trí nhớ của mình thì hồi bé có từng xem 1 series trên TV, rất lôi cuốn và cảm động.Nhưng cuốn sách này thì dở tệ.Cuốn sách được chia làm 2 phần: phần 1 nói về tuổi thơ của Paven, những bất công mà Paven và những người lao động Nga phải gánh chịu, cho tới những ngày cách mạng tháng Mười nổ ra, và Paven và những thanh thiếu niên đã đi theo cách mạng như nào; phần 2 nói về những năm tháng đầu cách mạng, tôi chưa đọc hết phần này.Vậy hãy nói về phần 1. Paven và những thiếu niên ưu tú của cách mạng, có những đặc điểm gì?+ Những con người bạo lực: tôi không chắc là người Nga vốn ưa bạo lực hay không (dù nhiều khi rất thơ, nhưng đọc các bài trên mạng thì cảm giác người Nga rất ưa bạo lực, một kiểu bạo lực vô tổ chức. Chắc chỉ có tới Nga tôi mới biết thực hư hehe); nhưng với thiếu niên Paven, mọi bất hòa đều được cậu ta muốn giải quyết bằng bạo lực. Chuyện gì xảy ra, cậu ta cũng chỉ muốn lao vào đấm nhau. Nhưng mà cũng đúng, cộng sản tôi biết thì đề cao bạo lực mà (cộng sản tôi biết có thể cách xa 1 vạn 8 ngàn dặm so với cs thực tế, hehe)+ Tự ti: cậu trai Paven và những người khác mang nhiều cái tự ti, mà rất điển hình là tự ti giai cấp. Sự tự ti giai cấp dẫn tới nhiều thứ rất buồn cười, ví như cậu chỉ muốn dùng bạo lực để giải quyết vấn đề, vì cậu nào biết con đường khác? Cậu ta chẳng học hành, biết 1 tý đàn, tiếp nhận 1 mớ kiến thức ba chấm. Nhưng mà bạo lực không giải quyết được tận gốc sự tự ti này. Nó cũng là 1 vấn đề lớn, kiểu như: ghét người giàu nhưng muốn mình giàu. Sự tự ti này cũng dẫn tới việc muốn hủy diệt những luồng ý kiến trái chiều, ví như không muốn người khác ăn mặc đẹp, diện mạo đẹp, sống tự do.Hy sinh cho lý tưởng cao đẹp mà thiếu suy nghĩ, nghe thì hay mà thực ra thì đéo vui đâu.

  • Dmitriy
    2018-10-31 09:31

    Yet another merde of propaganda, making heroes out of the idiots and idiots out of the readers.No need to mention that this trite tale of heroic deeds of late blind cretin Pavka Korchagin can excite only a very simple proletarian mind that ready to dash for some vague idea, lusting to "expropriate expropriated" and enthrone mediocrity at the global level.

  • Farha Crystal
    2018-11-14 10:38

    Although I'm unable to understand the depth of the main character Pavel Korchagin (who seems to pet hatred, violence, and dogmas) but I understand how the immense passion of the young writer ( 1904-1936) to write the book, lying in the bed blind and half paralyzed made the book worth reading. It's a semi-biography novel of Ostrovsky portraying how the Bolshevik revolution became a need of that time. The socialist realism he feels in earlier Russia, the wartime violence, murder, rape, plunder , robbery, psychological iron strength, vulnerable points, breaking points, gray area of moral codes of people in war zones remind me of the thousand of years trending average depressing pattern of rise and fall of entire human society.

  • Aman
    2018-10-24 11:47

    think of inspiration and this is one of few books that come to my mind. a very good description of building of socialist russia and the spirit behind it. but moreover this also entails a great autobiographical adventurous journey of the author. it has so many incidents that we could only wish for, right from the childhood to the youth of the author. more importantly it is a story of endless energy, strength, and spirit to achieve something dear to ones heart. it is story which teaches you how the odds are to be won and move on......

  • Julia
    2018-11-21 10:45

    I am very disappointed by this book and believe that it became so famous because of its Soviet propaganda. It may be somewhat interesting from historical point of view, but if you want to read about revolution in Russia, there are definitely better historical and fiction books on the topic. "How the Steel Was Tempered" doesn't have much value as a work of art, so I would recommend to save your time and read something else.

  • liking
    2018-11-05 14:39

    Жаль, что на сайте нет половинных отметок, рука бы не дрогнула поставить произведению три с половиной балла, поскольку 4 - оценка для полюбившейся книги, а эту историю я перечитывать не возьмусь. Слишком уж скуп язык, слишком силен идеологический дух, пронизывающий каждый абзац, слишком возведен в культ образ Павки. Но обо всем по порядку.Книга хороша в фактологическом смысле. Поскольку лично меня интересует период становления Советского союза, процесс расслоения народа на приверженцев старого строя и борцов за новую власть, развертывания политагитации по стране, крайне любопытно было пробираться шаг за шагом сквозь Гражданскую войну с участниками событий. Здесь довольно подробно можно проследить путь многих активистов и прочувствовать всеобщее единство, которое дает партия (не только для достижения главной цели - построения социализма, но и в простом, обывательском смысле: на фоне проблемы одиночества в современном обществе, приятно наблюдать за съездами, концертами, посиделками, которые нескончаемым потоком вливаются в жизнь каждого коммуниста). Определенным достоинством романа является пропаганда науки и просвещения как такового. Все положительные герои не спят ночами, сидя за столом в свете настольных ламп, и изучают добытую литературу, мечтают поехать учиться и равняются на персонажей известных произведений (тот же Овод появляется в тексте трижды). Поражают настойчивость и упорство этих молодых людей: пока организм работает как часы, они рвутся в бой, в самую передовицу; когда происходит какой-либо сбой, они тут же находят себе применение в тылу, стараются оставаться полезными обществу до последней секунды. Тема труда - ключевая в романе. Люди трудятся, не покладая рук, стар и мал, женщины и мужчины. Это не может не восхищать, НО..."Как закалялась сталь" наравне с остальным наследием советских авторов, начисто лишена философии. В книге нет никакого объяснения поступкам героев, не показано направление их мышления. Люди крайне энергичны, в их руках спорится любое дело, но в них словно нет души, они мало, о чем переживают, мало, в чем сомневаются, даже любят они не по-настоящему, их истории напоминают браки по расчету: ты полезна мне, я полезен тебе, будем же вместе жить. Такая простота может оказаться близка кому-то, но, к сожалению или к счастью, не мне. И саму идею полного отказа от личного ради общественного я поддержать не могу, слишком она мне представляется радикальной (называйте меня мещанкой, если угодно).Вывод предсказуем: трудно влюбиться в книгу, если не получается ассоциировать себя с кем-то из персонажей. Посмотреть на происходящее со стороны занятно и только. Время, проведенное за чтением потрачено не зря, я отложила в кармашки памяти многие моменты, с достоверностью описанные автором. Я даже порекомендую с ней ознакомиться. А то, что она не стала любимой, - дело вкуса.

  • rosshalde
    2018-11-02 07:31

    Ostrovski'nin otobiyografik özellik taşıyan bu romanı Pavel Korçagin adında Ukraynalı bir gencin devrim sürecine dahil oluşu üzerinden inancın ve başarmanın hikayesini anlatıyor. Yalın anlatımı sebebi ile çok eleştirilen bir kitap bu, ama aksine benim en hoşuma giden yönlerinden biriydi. 20. yüzyılın yazın anlayışını taşıması benim için bir eksi değil çok büyük bir artı açıkçası. Mikro anlamda devrim sürecinin en küçük kasabalarda nasıl yaşandığını, sıradan insanları nasıl etkilediğini, kaosun içinden yükselen devrimi ona inanan insanların, halkın gerçekleştirdiğini bu kadar açık ve net bir şekilde anlatması bence takdire şayan.Kitapta Pavka'nın sıradan yaşantısını okurken onun gözünden dönemin haksızlıkları, kaos ve Çar'ın adaletsizliklerini görüyoruz. Pavka'nın kendini ve düşüncesini sorgulamaya başlamasını ve mücadele katılmasını yazar öyle bir işlemiş ki okurken aynı yolda omuz omuza yürüdüğünüz birinin hikayesini okurmuş gibi hissediyorsunuz. Her şeyden önce devrimin fedakarlık gerektireceği kavramı çok güzel işlenmiş. Henüz çok genç sayılabilecek bir yaşta hastalıklara maruz kalan Pavka'nın direnci ve üretme çabası, Bolşeviklerin birlik duygusu ile devrimin nasıl gerçekleştirildiği anlatılmış. Sevmemek ve hayran kalmamak mümkün değil, mücadeleye inanan herkesin okuması gereken bir eser Pavel Korçagin'in hikayesi.

  • LULU lee
    2018-11-21 08:41

    : The most precious thing is life and we only have life once. The person's life should be spent this way: When he looks back, he does not regret for wasted years, not because of mediocrity and shame —the quote from the book How the steel was tempered. Speaking of Paul, my admiration can not help that he was a hero, he is a stubborn man when he had to withdraw from the battlefield wounded occasion, he still kept trying to contribute in the rear. When he was diagnosed with the nerve had trouble, he did not flinch, as always, work for the community and selfless dedication. He has been struggling with his legs paralyzed, blind, but he still did not give up, determined to pick up the pen, and the fate of combat. So these just make me think about sometimes when you feel like you will fail and just keep telling you “ you can do it and don’t give up, you close to the succeed.”

  • Chi Mai
    2018-11-16 12:22

    Hiện thân của tác giả, lí tưởng của tác giả, sự cống hiến của tác giả đều nằm trong nhân vật trung tâm Pavel- chiến sĩ Soviet thiếu niên . Cuộc sống của con người vô sản này, không có của cải nhưng anh có những điều lớn lao hơn, anh có 1 gia đình yêu thương mình, có một người con gái yêu anh da diết, có một lí tưởng sống trường tồn. Ngoài ra, chiến tranh ác liệt quá. Đọc Thép đã tôi thế đấy là thấy mình cần tìm một con đường cho bản thân, đừng ai ngại điều gì, giác ngộ!

  • Linh
    2018-10-25 14:40

    Bad literature, pure propaganda piece. Chả hiểu sao nó lại có thể khiến nhiều thế hệ say mê, thần tượng cái anh cuồng tín và dở người đấy?

  • Md Fajley Rabbi Anas
    2018-10-25 06:18

    বইটার মূলভাবনা মিলে যায় এই লাইনের সাথে "বীরত্ব জন্মে সংগ্রামের ভেতর দিয়ে,আর কঠোর অবস্থার ভেতর দিয়ে তার পরীক্ষা হয়"।অক্টোবর বিপ্লব সবার কাছে কাম্য ছিলনা।এই বিপ্লব পূর্বেকার সামন্তবাদ ও এর থেকে লাভবান হওয়া মানুষদের জন্য ছিল অভিশাপের মত।মেহনতি মানুষের দাবী যারা কোনোদিনই মেনে নেয়নি।এই বইয়ে সে সময়কার নতুন আদর্শে সমাজকে গড়ার পেছনের বিরোধীশক্তির সীমাহীন বাধা ও মানুষের মুক্তি আন্দোলনের জন্য আপোষহীন সেইসব স্বপ্নবানদের ত্যাগ ও সংগ্রামের গল্প বলা হয়েছে।আত্মজৈবনিক এই বই সেই সময়কার অবস্থা অনুধাবন করতে অনেক সাহায্য করেছে।বিপ্লব মানেই অলৌকিক উদ্ধার নয়।বিপ্লব একটি দীর্ঘ এবং কষ্টসাধ্য প্রক্রিয়া।বইটি পড়তে যেয়ে এই বোধ বারবার হয়েছে।

  • Yiming li
    2018-10-23 12:25

    Say to the steel is you this book, it is not strange for everybody! The book speaks a strong and brave hero, Paul till golden.Read the steel is you this book, I realized that a person's life is for his perseverance has a great influence on. He said the book, Paul was the hero's gold, his life is tough, but by what he himself to survive? Is perseverance. Perseverance gave his boundless strength, god has made him a three times since the understanding of life. ZhuHe sailors came, he was attracted by communist. After a few comments twists, he finally fulfiled, a communist party member, stopping. He kills him. In war by a lot of hurt. The worst hit by the head, promptly is alive. After recovery, Paul did not forget the party, picked up a new weapon, return to battle, started a new life!He is ShaChang based on teenagers, brave, love the motherland, on the battlefield, he cut all survived several dao, why still is perseverance. Young he later illness, but he kept working holiday, there stands the healing chance he is not willing to give up work, persistence is a kind of tenacious spirit!This is a moving story, my heart like water left in a large stone, be calm. I admire Paul, till golden bravery, indomitable spirit. Hate stories that small dimension but outside more noble. Paul, till golden shadow always in my mind, and encourage me to emerge as a strong like him, brave man.We are living in peace, in a little difficulty in life, as long as nothing bravely, etc. Have a thing, you will find that he is perseverance. Paul, till golden spirit, I never learn.

  • Paul
    2018-10-29 10:24

    I'm not sure that Ostrovsky's semi-autobiographical novel of a young man growing up in Ukraine through the Russian Revolution, and subsequent civil war between the Whites and Red Army, has aged well. As a child my mother read this to me and my brother and I remembered it as more of a ripping yarn than it actually is.The first part tells the story of our hero, young Pavel's town through the occupation by first the Germans, then the Bolsheviks, the White army of Ukrainians and Poles, then the Bolsheviks again. The brutality, revenge, executions, rapes and pogroms maybe show where the roots of some ongoing battles in Ukraine today came from. In light of the current conflict in Ukraine these passages made for interesting reading, with the blue and yellow flags of the Whites being chased out by the red flags of the Bolsheviks. The second half of the book is more episodic and disjointed as young Pavel struggles against illness to build up the Komsomol, put down the Trotskyites and educate himself in Communism. The roles of women throughout the book are quite noteworthy, they are quite independent characters and Pavel lashes out at some fellow communists for their sexist "banter". It is often summarised as a novel in the "Socialist Realism" style, but doesn't quite have some of the panache of this artwork, and he attempts to give a lot of the characters human failings. Maybe I was looking for a bit more square-jawed ruggedness, staring off into an optimistic Socialist future than there actually is in this book.

  • Tony Wang
    2018-10-22 12:26

    I will recommend a very good book for everybody,it named how the steel was tempered. Do you think this book is about “Steel”? You must be wrong.Just read it, and know what it about.You will love it,trust me.The story is a fictionalized autobiography. It is about a person only in the revolution to defeat the enemy in the difficulties and hardships can overcome their own,only in their pursuit and the motherland,the people's interests linked together,will create a miracle,only the growth of the iron soldier.I think the story line is .I think the author-Nikolai Dostoevsky did pretty well on this book.For example,this novel was written by his true life,and the book made readers know what his true life looked life.And the author teach everybody how to make ourselves be stronger and more tough.The readers can learn many things from his book,because he was not only telling his life to readers ,but also teach the attitude of facing hard life. I think the only place can be better is describe more heart activity of leading role.Then the reader can see what he or she feel at that moment.The author showed readers many interesting stories in this book,so it might be page turner I think the potential audience should be people not strong enough and like historical novel.I think the people who is weak and scared fail would like this book.Because they can see opposite of them in this book,then they can learn something.

  • Sam
    2018-11-06 12:47

    Here we have the classic Soviet story which is by all accounts an autobiographical historical fiction work. Many reviews often dismiss this novel due to its Bolshevik tone. In doing so, they miss the main gist of the entire novel: what makes an average person into a giant?Pavel Korchagin begins a life of struggle working in a kitchen with abusive employers during the time of Tsar. As the winds of history change, so too Pavel grows along with them. As the story progresses, Pavel endures many trials in life: on the battlefield against human enemies, in the forests against nature's forces, and in his own personal life. Through it all he maintains his firm belief that life is worth the struggle insofar as one is doing something useful for humanity. He is not perfect; in fact, his self-reflection and inner struggles are part of what build him into a stronger person. He loses the arrogance of youth and gains the inner strength of one who takes the time to reflect on his or her own life, and honestly assesses their own victories and their own flaws to enable them to keep marching forward on the correct path. The e-book edition has numerous typographical errors in it which can make it annoying to read at times, but it is definitely one of the most uplifting and strengthening books I have read to date.

  • Jacky Tan
    2018-10-29 08:36

    It is really a classic that it worth reading. Like what the title reveals, the strength, the will, are hard like steel.It gives me an idea that a country and an era that I have ever experienced, I do remember my grandpa tells me how his life was like thirty or forty years ago, which is definitely away from me, but I can make some connections between these two scene, which is kind of fantasy for me, and think about it for a while, the picture is also clear and I can even imagine the harsh environment. What's more it shows the strong man with the strong power at that time.That's the book deserve to read.

  • Raigo Loide
    2018-11-08 12:23

    This one is written by a fanatic. The author is so obsessed with his dogmas that he seems religious rather than political, and yet it's politics he is dedicating his life to. The communism as he understands and practices it.So it's a great book. I dislike the main character and most of the moral principles in the book seem to be from medieval times, but it has strength and the book is enjoyable to read. Fanatics do have power in their words. Belief is the heart of life and sometimes it may not be easy to keep the head dominating.

  • Shuvro Das
    2018-10-22 08:33

    A powerful and thumping testimony of the hailed Bolshevik Revolution of Soviet Union and I think this is one of the most knowingly written novel regarding this event. Pavel Korchagin earns our sympathy as a tragic hero but his life of relentless works towards righteousness teaches us profoundly to remain in the path of justness and integrity.Sure, his ending is pathetic but the closing of the novel gives us a glimpse of hope. Long live the comrades and the revolution. Proud to complete the novel.The five stars are worth it.

  • Ima Charu
    2018-11-01 06:45

    An autobiography of Nikolai Ostrovsky, which portray how the Bolshevik revolution became a need of the society. The author became more of a storyteller and sketched the political,social and economic scenario in Russia. One of the most evident novels which imply Bolshevik revolution was a part of people's life back then. The emotional involvement of the author with his struggle overpower the story. But once someone starts reading it,it's hard to put off.

  • Fadwa Qamhia
    2018-11-01 09:48

    I just finished reading the first part of the book, it filled me with the spirit of revolution. Pavel is no strange person to me, I know and hear of heroes that resist and fight for their cause since I was a child and until now. The collaborative work, the mutual eager for freedom, the fight for your cause are present both in the book and in my life. I know I would have been great friends with Nickolai Ostrovsky, because revolutionaries are the same no matter where or when.