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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
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Jun 06, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: literature
Recommended to Erik by: Ed Erickson
Recommended for: Russian lit fans
Read in June, 1969 , read count: 1

By the last two years of high school many of my friends were older fellows already in college. Most were poorer than the average Maine South student, so their colleges weren't far away. As a consequence, I was afforded opportunites to visit and sometimes stay at Roosevelt University, Loyola University, Kendall College, Oakton Community College, the University of Illinois (Chicago and Champaign), the University of Chicago, Oxford University etc.--a practice continued, reciprocally now, when I matriculated at Grinnell College in Iowa.

These older guys had an enormous influence on me during late adolescence, more than most teachers did certainly. They'd read more, read more seriously, more broadly. I got interested in such recondite subjects as American revolutionary soldiers' diaries, modern Eastern European history, existentialism and Russian literature. I tried to keep up--at least to be able to hold a credible conversation.

I read Dead Souls in this edition just after high school graduation, beginning it upstairs in my bed one beautiful spring morning.
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knig Poignant. Beautiful. And worth a re-read.

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