Currently Reading: Gulag Archipelago Vol. II

I have been reading this for the past 2 weeks. Yes, you heard me right, 2 weeks. I’ve cheated a little and started a couple of other books (hence the other Currently Reading Posts) but I really want this done.

I’ve been able to judge what is coming up for February a little better and things are looking slightly brighter than I originally thought. Which makes reading this just a tiny bit easier. Not much, mind you. but every tiny bit helps! So while February is going to be slightly lighter in terms of books read, I don’t think it will be in the single digits like I was fearing.

Onward, Comrades, for the Bookerland!

17 thoughts on “Currently Reading: Gulag Archipelago Vol. II

        1. that inscription is from the vulgate edition.

          The English Standard Version (which is what I tend to read now), has the full verse as thus:
          ““So may all your enemies perish, O Lord!
          But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.””
          It is verse 31 if you care about other versions.

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  1. I look forward to your thoughts on this non-fiction book.

    On a slightly unrelated note, I got catfished one time on a book called “The Destruction of the Black Civilization”, I got to the end and realized it was actually a racist book against white people, but the racism “seemed” to be justified against white people because we were racist against other races. I didn’t mind it a whole lot, but it would have been a lot cooler if the book was forthcoming until waiting until the end to tell me to “stand up against white people”. I had no way of corroborating the facts in the book, so I just went with it . . .

    Just to be clear, I am not racist. 🤠 Enjoy your reading of this, Mr. Bookstooge.

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    1. You do realize that affirmative action is racist, right? Anything that uses race as a determining factor is racist. And certain groups of people feel that “certain types” of racism are ok. It’s an old song with a new tune and new cover.

      Gulag is more apropos than ever 😦

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  2. I am reading the abridged version of The Gulag Archipelago. I just started it. I got PTSD just looking at the map in the front, showing all the camps. I had figured there were just a handful, and they were concentrated out in the remote parts of Siberia. I hadn’t realized there were scores, and they were literally all over the country, including next to major cities.

    Yesterday I finished chapter 2, which includes the famous scene where a roomful of people start clapping for Stalin (who isn’t even present) and they have to keep clapping for 11 minutes because nobody wants to be the first to sit down. I can easily imagine that happening if the clapping were for antiracism or the like. The first person to sit down wouldn’t be taken to the Gulag, though, they would just be crucified in the media and possibly lose their job.

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    1. And what you describe is Current. The camps come later. Because it’s easier to get rid of the “problem” before it actually causes any problems.

      Even though, thinking about it, people are so afraid of social ostracization that what you describe might be all it takes to keep the majority of people in line. Now THAT is a sad though 😦

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