|Plot Summary of I Remember|
|"Beginning with his childhood, Boris Pasternak sketches some of the memorable events of his life and the people associated with them. He was born in 1890. His father was a painter, and through him he became acquainted with many of the notables of his time. Two key figures in his youth were the composer Scriabin, who lived near the Pasternaks in the summer, and Tolstoy, who sat for his portrait. Scriabin tried to develop an interest in music in the young boy, but was unsuccessful. Tolstoy, on the other hand provided one of his most lasting memories, when he accompanied his father to the novelist's death bed, when his father was called on to paint a death portrait.
As a young man he went to Moscow University. He became involved in writing poetry and criticism, and became friendly with a number of poets. Sometimes they formed into different camps and he describes his relations with the poet Mayalovsky and their interest in radical changes in the forms of art. He also mentions a number of his friends who lived in anguish in revolutionary Russia, some of whom were driven to suicide, like Marina Tsvetayena and others like Titian Tabidze, who was shot in one of the purges of the thirties.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of I Remember|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 14-16
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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