The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
natashaharwood More than 1 year ago
 I enjoyed this short story for one key reason; Leo Tolstoy wrote it in a way that it can be applied to anyone dealing with the hardships associated with life. The story is set in Russia in the late 1800s, but aside from a few subtle hints, such as the use of a carriage instead of a modern automobile, there is no indication that the events surrounding Ivan Ilych did not happen a year ago to the person who lives down the street. Much like the time and place, the events of the story can be applied to anyone and everyone. Ivan Ilych falls ill with an unknown disease, one could say that the disease was unknown because of the timeframe and a lack of advances in medicine, but the fact that no one knows what he is suffering from makes it possible for him to be ill with any disease; perhaps he has cancer, kidney failure, or even depression. Due to the vague nature of the plot, the story is universal, allowing all who read it to gain something from the story. In the end, its universality makes The Death of Ivan Ilych a great story full of insight and wisdom that anyone can find a little piece of themselves in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read this in college. So glad I did. I was surprised to find a gem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great collection of stories. The Death of Ivan Ilych is my favorite. It flows very well and is never boring nor anti climatic. I liked Ivans character very much and was disappointed when the story ended. Other stories were fun too.
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I give Tolstoy five stars for his stories but Barnes and Noble gets low ratings for this review. I'm not sure which stories are included here. I guess I will have to go to the store to figure it out.
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I love Tolstoy, but had forgotten when I bought this that most of Tolstoy's shorter works are from his late--and very Christian--period. Not my cup of tea. Ivan Ilych is a gem, of course. But the rest just doesn't come close to that standard.
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