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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
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Jul 06, 2008

liked it
bookshelves: want-to-reread, favorites
Recommended for: film makers

Strange and cinematic (I remember a scene at a party that is really just the closest I ever saw literature get to becoming cinema). This puts me in mind of the narrator in John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, who complains about his English students because they are only looking for the story in a novel and miss all the description. This book is pretty much all description and therefore a real writer's pleasure. Lenghty, quirky, eloquent and funny: a book you'll love to hate, but also, if you're honest (or Russian!), a joy.

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