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Has anyone here read The Gulag Archipelago?

 
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12/28/2012 10:10 PM
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Has anyone here read The Gulag Archipelago?
All three volumes make a heavy tome...

Is Vol. I enough?

Thoughts / comments on this book?

Thanks.
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12/28/2012 10:21 PM
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Re: Has anyone here read The Gulag Archipelago?
All three volumes make a heavy tome...

Is Vol. I enough?

Thoughts / comments on this book?

Thanks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8397139


I read most of Vol 1 a long time ago

picked around the rest

honestly, it is a bit overwhelming

trust me, it will still affect you

brillliant

it's important to remember that these things actually happened, and to honor the brave men and women who risked their lives to tell the story





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12/28/2012 10:33 PM
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Thank you, IssueX.

Since posting I have found parts of it online.

What little I've read is jaw-dropping.

I suppose we'll see this same thing happen in the US if we're not careful...
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What got me started was a quote I came across by Solzhenitsyn.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
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12/28/2012 10:40 PM
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Spread the word. Prepare for the Gulag, all right.

There are still people who kiss statues of Stalin.

(I actually saw a photo this week, but I can't remember where...)
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12/28/2012 10:46 PM
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Spread the word. Prepare for the Gulag, all right.

There are still people who kiss statues of Stalin.

(I actually saw a photo this week, but I can't remember where...)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31055867


Scary stuff.

Very scary.

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