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It is a simple tale, on the surface. Akaky Akakievich (literally "Harmless Son-of-Harmless," but which might sound like "Poopy Pooperson to a child), an impoverished civil servant and scrivener, must maintain his respectability by possessing a decent overcoat. How he gains a new overcoat, loses that overcoat, and seeks to have the overcoat restored to him constitutes the whole of our story.
Dostoevsky has been quoted as saying, We all come from under Gogol's Overcoat", and it is true that much ...more
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This little book tells the story of Akakiy Akakievitch, a certain official in a certain department where nobody showed him any sign of respect. He was laughed at by his co-workers. That must be one of the worst thing that may happen to any human being: realizing that high school did not end (for a lot of people, it wasn't all flowers and rainbows). All the bullying, the bad jokes, the embarrassing moments that make you gently ask the ground ...more
Also, I read it because of Tadiana's most excellent review, to which I can add nothing of value. It's a must-read.
★★★★ 4 Engaging Stars!
I first heard of this story while reading Jhumpa Lahiri's 2003 fantastic novel The Namesake. Since then, I've been curious to read it and I finally had a chance to do it. (If you Google "The Namesake and The Overcoat", you'll find plenty of posts analyzing the connection between the two).
The Overcoat follows the life and death of Akaky Akakievich, a middle-aged man, that works as a government clerk in St. Petersburg. Akaky, whose annual salary of 400 rubles ...more
THE OVERCOAT belongs to AA, an extremely poor man with an extremely undemanding, meagerly-paying government job, but he diligently completes his work day and night. He is criticized for his apparel and lacks social acceptance.
THE OVERCOAT is old...torn...threadbare...can no longer be mended. AA is sad...devastated, he lacks rubles for a new one. He must curtail...more
My sunken boat;
Washed, to no trace,
Is my Overcoat.
Mountain of copies
Receding in snow,
And flashing I was
Ah Some show!
My world so grey
Was turning red;
And seeping in
Was sweet kindred.
Dawning upon me
Was also street love,
And gaiety in peals
Showering from above;
Robbed me cold,
You lecherous being!
Soiled my dream,
Sinned my satin!
But blacken you can't,
My phoenix spirit;
That shall be reborn
Blindly, softly lit.
Grinding me down
With thunderous appeal?
Welcome my company now
At that point in my life, my lack of interest in reading stifled me from finding and reading this story. Finally after so many years I came to read this and I regret so much, not have read it till now.
In this story Gogol encapsulates everything in the ...more
Set in St. Petersburg, this is a simple story of a common man who lives a quiet life, a gentle soul. He needs a new overcoat to keep him warm in the cold snowy Russian winters, as his old one is threadbare. His journey to achieve this goal presents many important moral issues to contemplate.
But even a gentle soul like Akakiy Akakievitch can have a little more gusto than you may think.
I finished this book wanting to be a ...more
In brief , Gogol.
I had my first contact with Gogol a long time ago, during school, and that story " The Nose " - remained imprinted in my mind as a kind of "Invisible Man" of Wells, remembering only the fantastic of writing.
Now, reading " The Mantle", after so many years, I must admit that the fantastic is not the element that jumped into my eyes.
The universe created by Gogol is an absurd one, and the movement and action are, in fact, illusory, the characters ...more
Here we find a poor copyist, who only has on his back a simple worn-out hood with holes ... His dream: to be able to afford a coat. He saves every ruble until he can afford it, finally !!
Yes but here it is, a few days after his previous purchases, he gets robbed, and everything drops ... until it dies.
And there ...more
Anyway. It is a fantastic piece of work, widely acknowledged to be one of the best Russian short stories ever written, if not The Best. I would highly recommend it whether you are already a lover of Russian literature or are just starting to explore it. The idea is simple enough, that every person, no matter how unattractive and inconsequential, ...more
In the department of - but it is better not to mention the department.
It is not necessary to say much about this tailor; but, as it is the custom to have the character of each personage in a novel clearly defined, there is no help for it, so here is Petrovitch the tailor.
The reader must know that the prominent personage had but recently become a prominent personage, having up to that time been only an insignificant person.
The work has been interpreted variously as a story of social injustice, as tale of urban alienation and human isolation, as a love story with the ...more
The story regards the plight of a clerk, an Everyman, a copyist by trade and largely oblivious to the world around him. He has no grasp of social mechanics and lives modestly without vice or hobby. It is to his horror that he discovers that his overcoat is disintegrating. He goes to a ...more
I wonder what Gogol would feel if he found out that nothing had changed after 200 years and that all the class differences had deepened. .
Heavy as well as light, dramatic as well as comical, realistic as well as surrealistic, naturalistic and metaphysical, it is impossible to put a label on this narrative.
But the possible emotional fluctuations of the reader -me- unmistakably and instinctively mean ...more
"A being disappeared and was hidden, who was protected by none, dear to none and who has never even attracted an observer of nature... a being who bore meekly the jibes of the people and went to his grave without having done one unusual thing."
Gogol and Dostoevesky are singularly similar in their writings in many ways :
1. Dostoevesky was obsessed with gogol's writing in his youth and his novel 'The double' was considered to be a reply to Gogol's dead souls.
2.The protagonist being impoverished and socially 'oppressed' and he leads the story.
3. The 'Ambiguity' both create as if trying to leave the readers to fathom the conclusion or the essence (Our comprehensions may/may not be ...more
Nikolai Gogol (born in Sorochyntsi, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine) - Russian writer of Ukrainian descent.
Gogol's mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. Gogol's father Vasyl Hohol-Yanovsky, a Ukrainian writer best known for his plays, died when Gogol was 15 years old. In 1820 Gogol went to a school of higher art in Nizhyn and remained there until ...more
والذي لم يكن عزيزاً علي أحد ،
ولا شيقاً بالنسبة لأحد ..”