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Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol September Classic Book

So you want to read the "Great Books" but can't seem to find the time to read the massive tomes such as War and Peace or maybe you think they will be too difficult to read. Whatever your reason, welcome to some shorter books that still give you the taste of the "Great Books" without the pressure. We will have a shorter classic book every other month to wet our appetites. The first book we are going to read is Nikolay Gogol's Dead Souls that provides a fascinating and interesting guide to Russia in the 1830s that is smaller in scope than Tolstoy's War and Peace but still presents itself as a hybrid between an epic poem and a novel.


Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the back country wheeling and dealing for "dead souls"--deceased serfs who still represent money to anyone sharp enough to trade in them--we are introduced to a Dickensian cast of peasants, landowners, and conniving petty officials, few of whom can resist the seductive illogic of Chichikov's proposition.

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  • Dan S.

    I enjoyed meeting everyone, and I look forward to meeting again and discussing more books

    September 6, 2013

  • Rebecca

    We really enjoyed it!

    September 5, 2013

  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for coming out. A good time as always!

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable time in a picturesque setting. Thanks again, Liz, for putting this together. As always, I heard some perceptive insights from my fellow readers.

    September 5, 2013

  • Liz B

    Reservation is under Liz for 7pm. They are going to try to seat us at the round table in the dining room. See everyone tonight!

    September 4, 2013

  • Pamela Noelle S.

    Gotta study for upcoming exam!

    September 4, 2013

  • Jennifer G

    Cuyahoga County library apparently only has 2 copies plus an ebook. Amazon has several versions in the 10$ range. I will probably just buy it.

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Liz B

      If you have a Kindle or Kindle app for your smartphone it is currently available for FREE download. I just downloaded my free copy.

      July 23, 2013

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