The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott is a historical fiction novel. But it’s also an account of the numerous events surrounding the contraband of Doctor Zhivago back into the Soviet Union!
Let’s Talk About Doctor Zhivago…
Doctor Zhivago is a novel by the renowned author Boris Pasternak. It’s a story surrounding the before and after of the Russian Revolution through Yuri Zhivago’s perspective. A young doctor that falls for a beautiful nurse named Lara. These lovers where star-crossed from the moment they met. However destiny pushes them together to face the consequences of this violent and cold blooded revolution.
To give you some feedback about the events that inspired this novel. Lara’s character was inspired by the author’s lifelong mistress, Olga Ivinskaya.
This novel also helped the author win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Nevertheless, he was forced to decline this honor, due to the Soviet Union’s opposition to said book.
Book Review: The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott portrays the love affair between Boris and Olga. Also how Doctor Zhivago impacts their relationship. Poor Olga gets sent twice to the Gulag camps in Siberia, because of the consequences this novel might have on the soviet people.
On the other hand, it tells the story of the agents surrounding the contraband of this book back into the Soviet Union. The Secrets We Kept takes you around a copious amount of emotions surrounding the love affair between 2 female agents and the scrutiny they had to face because of their forbidden love.
However, it makes it easier for the reader to digest all these facts that compose the making and distribution of Doctor Zhivago.
In my opinion, I believe that Boris and Olga’s love affair could be the subject of a book on its own. Being a Doctor Zhivago fan myself, there’s so much I want to know about them. On top of that, I’ve read so much about Russia before the revolution, but never really experienced the aftermath of said change.
Sally and Irina’s love affair within the CIA, could also make another book. Reading both stories at the same time could make the book a little heavy and I think that’s why it took longer for to finish.
Other than that, I enjoyed learning so much about this amazing author and how Doctor Zhivago came to be.