Fate of a Man by Mikhail Sholokhov

By Mikhail Sholokhov

There's restraint and a hint of unhappiness within the approach Mikhail Sholokov starts off his tale, as though to warn the reader that it's not a simple story he has to inform. One postwar spring the writer met a tall guy with stooping shoulders and massive rugged arms. and maybe for the 1st and final time soldier Andrei Sokolov informed an opportunity acquaintance the tale of his lifestyles, instructed how he continued tortures and sufferings that will have damaged many a guy of weaker nature... yet Sokolov's torn and wounded middle continues to be longing for existence and desirous to proportion existence along with his little Vanya, orphaned via the conflict like himself. Sholokov's The destiny of a guy ends on a stern be aware. but as one closes the e-book one believes that Andrei Sokolov will provide the entire power of his beneficiant Russian soul to his followed son and that the boy will develop at his father's facet into one other guy who can conquer any concern if his kingdom calls upon him to take action.

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I wanted to show the bastards that even though I was half dead with hunger I wasn't going to choke myself with the scraps they flung m e , that I had my own , Russia11 35 dignity and pride, and that they hadn't turned m e into an animal a s they had wanted to. " After that the commandant got a serious look on his face, straightened the two iron crosses on his chest, came out from behind the table unarmed and said: 'Look here, Sokolov, you're a real Russian soldier. You're a fine soldier. I am a soldier, too, and I respect a worthy enemy.

I miss him when he's not there. At night, I can stroke him while he's sleeping, I can smell his curls. It takes some of the pain out of my heart, makes it a bit softer. It had just about turned to stone, you know. "At first he used to ride with me in the lorry, then I realised that that wouldn't do. After all, what do I need when I'm on my own? A hunk of bread and an onion with a pinch of salt will last a soldier the whole day. But with him it's different. Now you've got to get him some milk, now you've got to boil an egg for h im , and he can't get along without something hot.

I went on foot to the place where I had once lived with my family. There was a deep hole full of rusty water. The weeds all round came up to your waist. Everywhere was em pty and still as a graveyard. I felt it bad then, mate, I can tell you ! I stood there in sorrow, then I went back to 43 the station . I wasn't there m ore than an hour altogether. I went back to the division the same day. "But about three months later I did get a flash of joy, like a gleam of sunlight through the clouds. I got news of Anatoly.

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