by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
translated by Thomas P. Whitney
I found this item in a box of unwanted books at my mother\’s house during my last visit. I asked if I could take some reading material and she said sure, nobody wants those. Now I know why The Gulag Archipalego was passed up. It is a headache (for me) and full of horrors. It is a very detailed account of the prison system in the Soviet Union, 1918- 1956. I read forty pages about the various manners in which people could be arrested, and why no citizens protested. Then got bombarded with names, dates and history of notable peoples and groups who were oppressed/attacked/imprisoned. Then it launched into descriptions of the awful tortures, psychological and physical, that prisoners were subjected to. And there were 620 more pages, and two more published volumes which I\’ve never seen, after that. I couldn\’t take it. So I quit reading it.
Abandoned 660 pages, 1974