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The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
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Jan 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: russian, philosophy
Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** The Death of Ivan Ilych is only 55 pages, so reviewing it is pretty simple (though thorough analysis could no doubt exceed the length of the text itself). The first half is mostly story-telling and depends on Tolstoy's wit and humor, which does work really well, but the heavy stuff doesn't start until the last half or even fourth. When the subject of Death does finally arise, it is with force and brilliant style. Tolstoy has Ivan Ilych asking all the right questions and gives one of the best accounts of a man's views towards his upcoming death that I've ever read. I'd asked all the same questions before, but they're much more moving coming from Ivan Ilych.

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