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Dead Souls (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    You have to really like Russian literature. This was not a pleasure read for me. Felt like a college assignment. What was shocking during Gogol's time is commonplace today.

    This was a book club selection and only one person, out of 5, finished the book. To be fair, I only made it half way through. Although supposedly a newer, more engaging translation, I had a copy translated by Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear, it still read like dry Russian literature. The characters are all caricatures and blatantly so (note that this is the point of the book). The excessive detail is interesting if you are studying the period, but otherwise tedious.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Great Classic, but..

    This is a great classic novel, but there are sizeable gaps in the plot, due to the authors burning of sections of the story. So you sort of feel left out of the loop and wish there was more. Gogol has a good style and his hero is an enjoyable ruffian.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

    A Wonderfully Written Novel and Social Critique

    Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls" is a unique, often humurous, often macabre novel. As a whole, it is unusually not uniform, beginning as an amusing, simple tale, growing into a brilliant critique of Gogol's generation and, really, every generation afterwards, and climaxing as the author elegantly bemoans his country's state and teaches valuable lessons through his characters' dialogue. The original manuscript of "Dead Souls" is missing many considerable sections of Part II, but this does not diminish the story. Although I'm sure that the missing writings were masterfully done and it is unfortunate that they're lost, "Dead Souls" loses none of its poignance or merit because of them. I absolutely recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Humorous and Interesting

    The book gave me an insight into 19th century Russian life and how serfs were treated by the nobility. The author also points out personality characteristics which are present in most people even now. I just wish that more info was given about the citizens of the town of N later in the novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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