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The Death of Ivan Ilych
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September 10, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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Interm read between "The Hunchback of Notre Dame and our next Major read for October-November

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Jun 25, 2011 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: 19thC Lit Yahoo group
Ivan Ilyich is a shallow man who makes the mistake of making an unfortunate marriage and dies at the end of the story in monstrous pain.
In real life this ill-matched couple would probably have been nicer people if they'd married someone else, but this is a story and Tolstoy being a 19th century man has characterised her as a termagant. So that's what she is, it's all her fault, and Ivan does his best to sidestep the situation by focussing on his own self-interest and on material comfort. He ign...more
Mar 01, 2011 Kerri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kerri by: Reader's Den
Shelves: classics
I gave it four stars because it took me two days to read and I finally got through a Tolstoy book without saying "huh." Unfortunately I did say "will you just die already" as I did in Anna Karenina. But I liked it.

This was also last month's Reader's Den pick and I think its a great introduction to Tolstoy for those who never read him before.

This was the first book by Tolstoy I ever read. What impressed me about it was that I honestly believed that Tolstoy actually knew what it was like to die. How he could have possibly known, I can't say. But, I believe him on every point.

I then went on to read Anna Karenina, and was again struck by his ability to somehow know things he couldn't have personally experienced (for example, what it's like to nurse an infant).

Tolstoy seems to know everything, and he conveys what he knows with such grac...more
Wow! I don't know what to say.
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The Readers Review: Literature from 1800 to 1910