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The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
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Dec 17, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: russian-lit
Recommended for: Wimps who can't handle W&P or AK

Family Happiness: Well-written but trite. Still a pleasant reading experience. Such a view of marriage is very depressing though.

The Death of Ivan Ilych: Very thought-provoking, especially in the context of the literature of contemporary Russian intelligentsia. Easily the best of the bunch.

The Kreutzer Sonata: Another story where somebody is a psychologically disturbed douchebag, and tries to redeem themselves by coming up with an extensive new system of morality that justifies their actions. Personal accountabilty? What's that? My Russian History professor in college described this story as "excruciatingly painful," and I have to concur.

Master and Man: Trite again, but okay. Makes travelling the wilds of Russia in winter seem pretty intimidating, though.
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