Then he told me that some "old guy" told him that he should read a book called "...something 1914. Maybe a month?"
Me: That would be August 1914, about the Battle of Tannenburg, which some say is part of the early beginnings of WWI. *looks up on the computer* Oh, and its by Solzhenitsyn, and its suppose to be quite good.
Him: Have you read it?
Me: No, but I did read another book by him that was very well written and memorable, called One Day in the Life of Ivan....
Him: *interrupts* What was that one about?
Me: It follows a man for a day who is sentenced to one of the Soviet gulags.
Him: Whats that?
Me: It was Soviet prison camp, used for both political dissenters and criminals.
Him: No, that can't be right - they didn't have prison camps!