One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was very well written so I really only had a few questions about the novel. The story described one day in Shukhov’s sentence. He had served eight years and had two remaining. I wanted to know if he survived his term and was released. Was he able to return to his wife? Did he become a carpet painter because of the easy money? What about the other inmates; did they survive their sentences? Was anyone able to escape the camps? What was life like after the camps? Sadly I do not know if these questions will ever be answered because this book can only show me one day in Shukhov’s life.
I greatly enjoyed One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. It was a captivating read and it gave me an idea of what happed in Soviet Russia after World War II. It was interesting learning about a new perspective and it has inspired me to look into more novels set either during or after World War II. I am so glad I got to read this novel because I know it is not a book I would have picked up on my own. I will recommend this novel to anyone who loves history or is looking for a new type of novel from what they normally read.