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The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
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Feb 03, 11

Read from January 25 to February 02, 2011

I just reread the title story for the first time since being an 18-year-old freshman in college, and am overwhelmed by how incredible it is (I would have said "overwhelmed anew" but I have like no memory of having read it the first time around). Am still reading the other stories in the book and so far they're weaker and too didactic/teachy, or I guess just didn't hold up as well against the changing times, but are still tremendous.

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OK I finished reading the rest of the stories. The Kreutzer Sonata was creepy, weird & didactic, but did explain to me why Tolstoy had cult-like followers. He is a force. And I loved Master and Man. Am really glad I read this, although his moral force is so strong that reading this stuff gave me moments of suddenly wanting to throw off all the trappings of my life, join a cult, or find religion. Whew!
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Stephanie Some of my favorite books are the ones that make me want to join a cult...


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