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The Mantle and Other Stories

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  8,294 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
Gogol has made brilliantly colored pictures of his Zaporogues, which please by their very grotesqueness; but sometimes it is too evident that he has not drawn them from nature. Moreover, these character-pictures are framed in such a trivial and romantic setting that one regrets to see them so ill-placed. The most prosaic story would have suited them better than these melod ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Aegypan (first published 1842)
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Rachel Mecham
Jun 30, 2010 Rachel Mecham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Overcoat is my favorite story by Gogol. He writes in the absurd genre so sometimes it seems weird, but he also draws out human emotions to make his characters seem so real and makes such great commentary on life that he makes me want to read and re-read his books. There is a paragraph that talks about how all the people in Akaky's (yep, that's his name!) office mock him that stands out as one those passages that sticks with a person for the rest of their life:

"Only when the jokes were too un
Adam Floridia
Jun 24, 2010 Adam Floridia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Overcoat," "The Nose," and "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich" are all about the most bland and/or odd subjects: a guy gets a new coat, someone's nose runs away, two guys become enemies over a silly insult. The fact that each story managed to keep me reading and chuckling until the end speaks to Gogol's quality as an author. It isn't what he writes about; it is how he writes that is so pleasing. Everything I have read by him is relayed through a tongue-in-cheek ...more
Aleksandar Janjic
По традицији, прво коментар везан за издање. Ово што сам читао са издањем које коментаришем има заједничке само корице. Наслов је на ијекавици (сарајевски издавач, хрватски преводиоци), а енглески опис не описује тачно које се приповијетке налазе у збирци.

Кажу да Гогољеве приче могу да се подијеле у двије велике групе - украјинске и петроградске. Прва група заступљена је у двије збирке, а друга у једној. Ова колекција узима мало од једних и мало од других. Ове прве су много веселије и натоварене
The four stories in this slim volume may indeed be 'masterpieces of the form', but they left me as cold as Akakii Akakievich, the unfortunate protagonist of the title story. Gogol has a fine time skewering petty bureaucrats of every stripe, but after a couple of pages it gets old, frankly. Perhaps if I had a better understanding of the relative ranks of a collegiate assessor, a procurement officer, a major, a senate chief clerk, a field officer, a state councillor, a police inspector, and a dist ...more
Mar 21, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شنل (بالاپوش) 1342، قصه ی کوتاهی ست غیر قابل وصف. زیبایی تراژیک آن در خواندن آن است. این داستان کوتاه چنان تاثیری بر ادبیات روسیه گذاشت که داستایوسکی گفت؛ "همه ی ما (نویسندگان روس) از زیر بالاپوش گوگول بیرون آمده ایم"! شنل قصه ی زندگی و مرگ آکاکی آکاکیه ویچ باشماچکین، کارمند فقیری ست که در اداره ای در سن پیترزبورگ، میرزابنویس است.اما کوشش او که کارمندی ست سخت کوش، به چشم رییس و همکارانش نمی آید. آنها تنها او را مسخره می کنند، بخصوص منشی جوان اداره که درباره ی بالاپوش کهنه ی آکاکی جوک می سازد. وص ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gogol, who lived from 1809-1852, was decades if not a whole century ahead of his time. His clever, sardonic, cynical stories satirize the world of self-important bureaucrats in ways that still seem eerily relevant.
In "The Overcoat," a humble clerk who spends his days copying documents, is shaken out of his routine when he suddenly acquires a splendid new coat. Suddenly, all his repressed desires come to the surface. I won't reveal the end of the story except to say that it is both funny and sad
Jun 08, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikolai Gogol's stories ring in free and wild on the wind of the steppes of old Russia, although also with endless bureaucracies. The Mantle and The Overcoat are even the same story, I think.
Feb 14, 2017 Conor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These did nothing for me, I must say. I think this is too remote--culturally and chronologically--for it to really resonate with me.

Interesting to see the foretaste of much of what characterizes Soviet bureaucracy and misery preceding the Revolution, though, and to think that they may have been less creations than innate causes of their future manifestations.
Aug 25, 2014 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recs
An odd collection. I had no preconceptions coming into my first experience of Gogol's work, which probably worked in my favour. There's something appealing about the way he handles the narrator, like he's present in the story even when the 'I' isn't. He passes judgement on his characters, describes each in enjoyable detail, revelling in conventions at the same time as he makes fun of them.

The first story, 'Old-Fashioned Farmers', works as a good introduction to his style. I certainly found it we
Oct 01, 2009 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charity by: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Shelves: 1001books
4.5 Stars

Stories include:
- Old-Fashioned Farmers (aka The Old-World Landowners): Very, very touching story of love and loneliness...or, at least, I think so. 4 stars

- The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich: What happens when hurt-feelings, pride, and nonsense mess with a life-long friendship...hilarity, that's what! (Note to self: Refrain from using the word goose. Not safe in all company.) Very, very good story. Although, it really reminded me of something I might have
Chuddchutney Buana
Wandering around through pages of The Overcoat is simply not an easy task. The language that Gogol use is just so old school literature, very hard to chew every words. That's why it took more than a month for me to finish this book ( While the pages are quite thin, only lingering about no more than 200 pages). But, this is a kind of book, that while you might not enjoyed reading it, but the impact resides in you long after you read it. The short stories that Gogol told, either it's the mistifyin ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gogol claims he wishes he could use words the way that artists use paint. Regardless, his words are more than sufficient to fill these tales of 19th-century Russian folk life with acute observations. The stories are not too long and not too short. I got a sense of Russian life and personalities. And it seems that human personalities and foibles have not changed much in the 150 years since he wrote.

'The Overcoat' deserves to be called a classic in my humble opinion.
Mar 31, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another testament to Russian literature. Incredibly descriptive, perceptive, hilarious, and thought provoking at the same time. While some of his short stories in this volume are surreal and slightly dark (still with strings of humor woven in), I found his descriptions of the Ukrainian countryside and quiet life of the people who live there really quite endearing.
Dec 08, 2015 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four short stories exemplifying the tragedy and absurdity of life in Russia/Ukraine in the early 1800s.

What I learned: Be grateful that you weren’t living in Russia/Ukraine in the early 1800s. Also, Gogol is surprisingly funny. Ivan Ivanovich’s letter justifying his complaints about the other Ivan was fantastic!
Sep 28, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit
Vipin Goyal
Feb 14, 2014 Vipin Goyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Overcoat" is one of the best stories that I have read so far.
No doubt "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'."
Chris Burrows
There were short stories about characters with similar sounding names; they revolved around petty things.

The Overcoat was about a guy and his coat. People can be mean.
Edwin John Moorhouse Marr
The Overcoat and How the two Ivan's Quarrelled are my favourite stories here. I loved how the Overcoat critiques consumer culture, rising throughout the 19th C, and I could relate to the two Ivans on a personal scale. The times we fall out with people and often can't even remember why. The whole book throbs with a sense of humour and joy, and I loved Gogol's narrators, witty and insecure.
Mary Keroson
Feb 27, 2017 Mary Keroson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories from "Little Russia" otherwise known as Ukraine. Common beliefs and customs.
Ish Khan
Jun 14, 2017 Ish Khan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The Overcoat" was the best of the bunch...
Marguerite Czajka
Just did not draw me in.
Elia Flores Lastra
La historia del capote fue demasiado triste. Esta bien redactada pero en realidad no me gusta leer cosas tan deprimentes. Empieza mal y acaba mal. La otro historia que viene en el libro no esta tan interesante. Es por eso que no le pongo 5 estrellas. De haber sido solo el capote si tendría las 5 estrellas.
Jan 30, 2015 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short Stories by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
A literary feast

In many ways, this is a festival, albeit somewhat short, made up of fragments, adapted for National Radio.
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is one of the greatest writers of the world and his Dead Souls is a masterpiece.
Dead Souls is included in a top 100 best books ever, made with the contribution of 140 writers (I guess) from around the world.
Dead Souls and the stories that are presented in this adaptation called Scene din Viata Lumii Mari are
Vinícius Canuto
This is my first review in goodreads, and this book made me actually want to rate it, write a little review, because of the magnificence of the stories that are involved in this literary work.

The three first stories (the man who loses his overcoat / the crazy diary man and the one of the nose) have a deeply attachment to the russian burocracy in the XVIII/XIX century. The tone of humor and the subtle description of a huge and incomprehensible/irrational burocratic system with tons of roles, end
Feb 01, 2012 Danns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd collection of stories: A officer who overwhelming concern for a new cloak captures his complete attention and serves as his ruin spins off into the supernatural; a man's nose turns up in a pastry then completes a trek as an officer whom he chases all the while worrying over his appearance; another "official" slowly disappears down the halls of insanity, talking to dogs, obsessing over a beauty and finally discovering he is the king of Spain; and two fairy tales which on one hand seem ...more
Hansen Wendlandt
Jul 26, 2011 Hansen Wendlandt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The later two stories in this collection are the deeper, better written, more interesting narratives. The Overcoat is the jewel, describing the sad plight of a middle manager with lofty taste, or exactly the population of America's disenfranchised middle class. The central character, Akakii, is at once lovable, but turns pathetic and even disgusting to the reader. Gogol has little need here to use satire or comedy--it's just a good story, with message, well written. The Nose fits well with the p ...more
John Read
Over Christmas I watched a Jack Nicholson film on DVD; 'About Schmidt.' I wanted something light and easy and the reviews said the film was a masterpiece and 'Hilarious.' Twenty minutes in, I had to check I was watching the correct film. By the finish I was ready to end it all. It was the most depressing, downbeat, relentlessly bleak, laughter free film I have seen in a long time.
It set me thinking about who writes reviews that bear no relation to other peoples reality.
Likewise with books. I ha
Darlene Reilley
Jul 13, 2015 Darlene Reilley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Specific Details and Word Choices: William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Gibson create a flawed character who is a “cowboy” (54) and set him up against an artificial intelligence called “Wintermute” (248). But he isn’t just a hacker—that would have been too simple. Instead, he is a drugged-out hacker who can’t jack in because of his condition and has to take an outlandish job offer to be able to live (29). Unbeknownst to him, his employer plants bioweapons in his system and he must complete the tasks or h
Gaston Prereth
A Russian Classic... and boy is it Russian. I think my ability to understand it was limited by the holes in my knowledge on Russian life, particularly 19th century Russian life.

If I am perfectly honest, I found the first story a little dull. While it had a good pay off at the end and an emotional tug, I thought it meandered a little too long in the middle and I found it difficult to relate to it.

Meandering is very much Gogol's style, with strange insertions and departures all over the place and
Dec 20, 2015 Boshra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
لقد قرأت هذه الرواية من حوالي عام. وكتبت ملخصا لها. يمكن قراءته على الرابط التالي:
القصة جد جميلة واسلوب جوجول رائع في سرد التفاصيل بطريقة ساخرة او مضحكة حول كيف شكل امرا بسيطا حياة شخص بسيط. كيف اصبح المعطف محورا لحياة اكاكي..
احببت ان اشارككم بقصاصة من القصة:
كان معه خلال ادخاره عدة سنوات مبلغ اربعين روبلا. وهذا نصف المبلغ، ولكن من اين يأتي بالنصف الثاني؟ وفكر طويلا ثم قرر انه ينبغي عليه ان يخفّض نفقاته العادية، ولو خلال عام واحد على الاقل: ان يمتنع عن احت
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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Николай Васильевич Гоголь) was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. His father Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian-langu ...more
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“Around the windows and above the doors were a multitude of small pictures, which you grow accustomed to regard as spots on the wall, and which you never look at.” 6 likes
“- How dare you, I repeat, In disregard of all decency, call me a goose?

- I spit on your head, Ivan Ivanovich! What are you screaming so for?”
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