Master and Man

Master and Man

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by Leo Tolstoy
     
 

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In this short story, a merchant, Brekhinov sets off on a one-day journey with his servant, Nikita. When a blizzard strands them, the merchant learns the uselessness of relying simply on wealth and worldly success and the necessity of goodness, sacrifice, and service for a complete life.

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In this short story, a merchant, Brekhinov sets off on a one-day journey with his servant, Nikita. When a blizzard strands them, the merchant learns the uselessness of relying simply on wealth and worldly success and the necessity of goodness, sacrifice, and service for a complete life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061920554
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
File size:
192 KB

Meet the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is the author of War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and other classics of Russian literature.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:
Astapovo, Russia
Education:
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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Master and Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good free edition, very worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first story by Tolstoy and as a previous reviewer said it is thought provoking. I could not put this short story down. Amazing how he got into the mind of the men at the end of their lives and showed heir happiness and regret.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great free short shory and my first read by this particular author. This short story brings the reader the insight between a rich power hungry master and a dedicated poor servant. What is typical in relation to the "I am better than you" mindset by the master, takes an interesting twist due to a snowstorm. Derek D
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patches_mcmatt More than 1 year ago
I read this short story this morning to pass some time and after finishing, I haven't thought much about it since. It was nice to see the rich, greedy idiot "master" seem to accept his wrongdoings just before dying, but meh, what good does it do then? Glad Nikita survived the cold, though. When I first thought that both the men and the horse, too, had succumbed to the cold, I thought to myself "seriously? this is lame." Even so, after the peasants found them the next morning and found Nikita alive, the rest of Nikita's life passes by in just a few short paragraphs. All in all, I wasn't too impressed with this short story. I gave it two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for class discussion.