Finished reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I first read this novel decades ago but couldn't understand much. This time it's better.
The story centres around Yuri Zhivago, a medical doctor and poet. It's set in Russia from the beginning of the last century and moves through people's lives during the 1905 aborted revolution, the First World War, the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and resulting civil war, and the Second World War.
Those were tempestuous times that affected economic relations, social relations and most of all, personal relations. Families broke up through emigration, displacement and political/ideological pressures.
Caught in the midst of the times were Doctor Zhivago, the three women in his life and their children. It's a tragic, touching, heart-warming and heart-rending realistic novel.