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The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Volume 2 by Nikolai Gogol
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Jan 25, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

This collection of charming and sometimes gory stories was enjoyable. Though reading it leaves me with questions regarding Russian culture, it was easy enough to assimilate advances in plots and comprehend character evolution.

Reading Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" made me curious about reading Gogol. Several times Lahiri mentioned "The Overcoat" and "The Nose." Since "The Overcoat" was the last story in the book, I read the other stories first to get a better feel for Gogol's work. "The Portrait" was my favorite story because it illustrated how Western art had affected Russia, or at the very least Gogol, at the time. Gogol's penchant for the supernatural (mainly that of the devil or the undead) reminded me much of "The Master and Margarita," and "The Overcoat" was the perfect culmination for this collection of his stories.
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