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The Death of Ivan Ilyich/Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy
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Jun 04, 11

bookshelves: hs-ap-adult
Read in June, 2011

In general, I don't care for Depressing, Fatalistic Russian Literature, but this I liked. The story begins with the news of Ivan Ilyich's death and then it goes back in time telling about his life and his slow torturous death. I explores how we live to expectations of society only to realize we haven't lived well. It's a story very well told. I am not sure how well it would play for the middle school set, but it is a great introduction to Depressing, Fatalistic Russian Literature without having to muck through a zillion pages of Anna Karenina.
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