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Яма A great powerful book about prostitution in the beginning of the 20th century We get to know a variety of girls who are caught in the pit on the bottom of society and the clients that come to them Kuprin does a great job introducing us to who they are and what their life is aboutWe get to look into the society and people of that time which even though happened than 100 is still something that isn't too foreign for usThe author is great with language it almost flows and shows us the mood and the surroundings in a beautiful and depressing way One thing that he did was tell us some major events and only then the story that lead to it It actually worked very well one would think that spoiling a story would not benefit the book but it made us look and notice details that caused it An excellent though very depressing account of life in a brothel in Tsarist Russia I had never heard of this author before and only discovered this book through a perusal of ebooks available at this site Mobileread ebook library I would rate Alexandre Kuprin right up there with the other greats of Russian literature Such a powerful novel It saddens me that so few people have even heard of this novel and of Kuprin 'Yama The Pit' tells about a brothel in Tsarist Russia and yes it's damn depressing but at the same time written with such honesty care and beauty that I think only a Russian classic can muster Apart from obvious issues of morality and humanity the novel deals with mental illness and gender ineuality and all that long before these words even appeared in our language There were also hints of same sex relationships and attractions and I wish they were explicit but I guess the novel was already too risue for its timeIf whoever wants to read it be prepared that Kuprin as any respectful Russian classic overwrites descriptions of random people that appear for one scene But the book itself is not too long and it gets back to the story pretty uickly I am reading this book in Russian while listening to an excellent audio book I am enjoying the book and I import it chapter by chapter into Ling in order to save the words that I need to learn I enjoy the book immensely but this may in large part be due to the excellent audio book that I haveMy son Eric found a print copy of the book and gave it to me for Christmas I have only had access to an e text version of the book needed for Ling and had not been able to locate a print version Eric found this old book in a book store in Brookline near Boston MA where he lives The book is 50 years oldГосударственное ИздательствоХудожественной ЛитературыМосква 1958 Welcome to the Pit Yama Kuprin opens a door to the brothel leads reader by the hand offers to take a seat right in the hall center and tells with his simple fluent prose about the side of humanity which always remains in shadowsMany sidestep this pit and pretend with their eyes closed that this world does not exist at all Some descend there for few hours to feed the beast indifferently forget about it by dawn and return to their righteous days until the next hunger seizure There are also those who make money by actively digging the pit wider and deeperThis is the world where everything is permitted where woman’s body can be bought for less money than a bottle of alcohol All heroines are gears in the enormous machine of desire and few take them for a Person Once you get to know each girl closer you obviously see this is not so Liubka Jennka Tamara are bright and lively their characters have different clear outlines each literally breathes on the pages There is a feeling at the end of the book that these women seem to unite into one substantial female image You see yourself in each reflection which means you easily can understand empathize and know that you were simply born and lived all this time under some lucky star The will of chance can befall anyoneStory itself is simple unembellished Denouement is predictable but is the only true possible way Little things make their way under the skin and give a special tone to this work Descriptions situations and dialogs which may seem secondary at first glance are similar in their emotional strength to tragic endingThe Pit is a conversation about important issue This is a look into the keyhole of society’s secret room It exists in interior plans but in reality is shielded with chameleon veil since it is comfortable to be silent and easier to not think Century has passed the conversation is somewhat liberated and may be heard by many which is crucial as to really hear with mind and heart means urge to actionMeanwhile I like Kuprin sincerely devote all my words to youths and mothers Upton Sinclair eat your heart outOne of the most genious aspects about this book is that Kuprin writes about prostitution from a confined perspective There's almost no respite from being hand bound to their circumstances and home And he is also an effective dramatist He makes a funny and light introduction before bringing in heavier material He shaped the book so well that the few parts that are sentimental and dramatic work He knows how to play off characters and counterpoint the action so it's not sappy mono thematic drool The psychology is wonderful too The women are human and interesting They are the ones who keep you interested in the story the ones you most sympathize with the dregs of societyReally amazing book Sinclair would have done well to have read this one Can I give this book one billion stars The whole universe of stars Having bought tickets to the same called play I decided to read the original source first It wasn’t my first encounter with Kuprin since I read some of his stories while studying at school They made controversial impression on me I loved ‘Garnet Bracelet’ and hated ‘Olesya’ So I didn’t know what to expect from this novel with so polemical a topic Now I regret only one thing that I didn’t know about this book before and my burning ambition now is to give ‘The Pit’ to all my especially female friends I couldn’t imagine a book making such a strong impression on me It’s been years since I had a page turner in my arms and couldn’t put a book down daily and nightly Well this one is this sort of books It absorbs you into its reality and then it presents small but so acute sincere and heart breaking details describing prostitute’s lives their casual routine other people’s bad vices their devious characters It leaves you speechless and close to tears I believe that only a Russian author was able to catch this horrible decaying environment where women are just meat which you can buy for 0 3₽ for a visit with such accuracy I highly recommend reading this book to everybody Especially girls and women My life now has divided into life before and after reading it With an insight and compassion reminiscent of the great French masters of literature Alexander Kuprin probes the sin ridden lives of the inmates of Yama The result is a daring world famous classic which runs the gamut of human emotions from the heart wrenching sacrifice of an afflicted prostitute to the wanton desires of the most degraded manThis book will shock you into an awareness of a great social evil It will also arouse your deepest sympathy for the plight of those unfortunate women who are the victims of our most eternal viceYama The Hell Hole is uniue Other writers have taken prostitutes for their characters Kuprin has taken the evil of prostitution itself Although he writes of a brothel in a Russian city his moral is not limited to a time and a place Change rubles to dollars move from Yama to the Chicago slums Kuprin's ever honest ever brilliant picture of the ancient business of selling women's bodies for profit still holds its universal meaningWhen the book was first published the Russian censorship mutilated it beyond recognition Kuprin was the object of a scurrilous attack in the press; he was called a corrupter of youth His book was denounced as pornography Few could face the bitter truth of what he had written Some touching letters from professional prostitutes were the author's first recognition that he had accurately described the hell in which these tormented women existed Today nearly three million copies have been sold in than fifteen different languages and it is a foregone conclusion that Yama will live forever among the world's great books Surely one of the most important novels of prostitution ever written and there have been loads but even with flaws it's five stars from me It's interesting to set this book alongside the modern movement to decriminalize and legitimize sex work as a valid choice if entered into freely Here's where liberated prostitution human trafficking part ways down there in the Pit However the women of Yama often do sneak empowerment where they can find it I was chilled by Jennie's self sabotaging desire for vengeance against her johns My main complaint is Kuprin appears to get flummoxed by the task of writing about female characters too early on and shifts focus to a group of male university students plus inserts himself as the genius scribe Platonov The lengthy section on Liuba and her Pygmalion also started to wear on me Despite a few faults and despite the subject matter there are many surprisingly lighthearted moments lively dancing sisterly affection between women brothel customers who add entertainment value romances with young men on the outside I didn't want the story to end it just swallowed me and wasn't going to release The highs and lows of rock bottom as it is and you cannot stop to know what is happening next And what was afterwards with Luba I didn't like her character first but when she showed one there was no way of disrespecting her For sure you will pity for every girl and hate every manAnd what I liked the most about this book it has very light style No matter how all filth and pitiness are thoroughly described It goes through your soul and brain as blues and makes you feel sorry for the story itself It doesn't leave you heavy hearted and wanting to commit a suicide like Dostoevskyi's novels And all these discussion and description of the society that was feast for the brain

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