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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol by Nikolai Gogol
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Sep 18, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 18 to December 31, 2011

There are a few really great stories in the collection (the story of the two Ivans, "The Mysterious Portrait" and "The Nose" stood out), and some great moments in others (the ending of "The Carriage"), and I was amazed by how consistent and distinguishable (and enjoyable) Gogol's style is, but still the (surprisingly long) book felt like a bit of a slog towards the end. The more fantastical and sentimental Little Russia stories weren't as good as the urban stories, and none of the stories touched Dead Souls.
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