A book that drives some of Europe's ugly history in harder than any history lesson could. Solzhenitsyn manages to bring Denisovich's day into vivid relieff with his masterful handling of all the small details that accompanied a prisoner's day. Not much happens at all, but everything is charged with urgency and a tinge of fear all the way through none the less, making the story very captivating. Denisovich's character was utterly sympathetic and interesting. All his little quirks and idioms of thought really brought him to life.
It was a read that made me more grateful for all the things I have: food, shelter, a warm bed, proper work and days off. Everyone should read books like this every now and again.