Spring 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 2 Book Reviews |

The House of the Living

F. D. Reeve THE HOUSE OF THE LIVING ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Alex- ander Solzhenitsyn. In two trans- lations: by Max Hayward and Ronald Hingley (Frederick A. Praeger, $3.95) and Ralph Par- ker (E. P. Dutton, $3.95). PLATO WAS CONVINCED THAT THE only political state one could rationally argue for had to be an organic extension of the human individuals who were its members. I don't suppose many people now would suggest that they have ever experienced such a state. Whole countries scream that "ours" is bet- ter than "yours," but none of them is prepared to undertake the ration- al organization Plato advocated. This means, of course, that we, each of us, spend as much time differ- entiating ourselves from our state as we do choosing officials, defend- ing our status, and trying to please our neighbors. People have done this for thousands of years. If we have wondered whether or not we will do it in the future, Solzhenit- syn's book reminds us that we'll keep right on co

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