Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych
29.00 kn (~ 3,85 €) uključ. PDV
This summer though, while waiting for my lunch at Café330, I wandered into the university bookstore and a book titled “The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories, Leo Tolstoy” caught my eye. A total of four Tolstoyian novels, under 300 pages for just $60HKD? That’s a bargain. I swiped one up and headed for the cashier.
Classics are what they are for a reason; they have earned their place as exemplary works of literature. Understandably, they get a lot of hype and you almost expect the book to engage you from page one. Let’s be realistic, and a little patient. Ivan Ilych started out rather dull, which was no crime. But...it stayed dull. 40% into the book, nothing spectacular or even mildly interesting has happened, just a mundane succession of life events: obtaining his law degree, Ivan works his way up the social rank to magistrate, he gets married, bears children and plays bridge. With a salary raise, he purchases a larger house and arranges the furniture and curtains. He invites his colleagues to dinner. One gets the feeling either Tolstoy is overrated, or we’ve missed something.
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