The White Guard

The White Guard

Book - 1987
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Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, "The White Guard" takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city. It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Academy Chicago, 1987, c1971
ISBN: 9780897332460
Branch Call Number: PG3476.B78 B513 1987x
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 21 cm


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Ukraine in the early 20th century

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Dec 07, 2016

A great novel, it's well written and well conceived; I completely understand why it's been seen as one of the truest depiction of war in literature. Not much time is wasted on the battlefields, instead; the plot line gravitates around one of Bulgakov's favourite theme: Courage. Bulgakov displays greats skills in outlining the humanity of characters whom don't really have much understanding of the far ranging effects about to unravel around them. What's left is the true nature of his characters. I recommend it.


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