if you can read this, sex a teacher
I've read Dead Souls. In fact, it's the book I was reading when I first joined this community. I wish I would have written something about it so that I could go back and review what I thought of it. The book, as I remember, was very amusing, read easily, and kept moving - unlike some other Russian authors that make certain chapters incredibly painful. Gogol was a funny guy. Here is one of my favorite excerpts from Dead Souls
"His complexion was a deep, burnished red, the colour of a copper coin. As we all know, there are many such faces in this world, faces on whose finishing touches Mother Nature has wasted little time or effort, disdaining the use of fine instruments such as files, gimlets, and so forth, but preferring instead to hack away: one swipe of the axe - and there's the nose; another swipe and there's the mouth; sockets for the eyes she gouges out with a massive awl, and without any smoothing or polishing she pushes the product out into the world, saying: "There - it lives!"
This book is filled with humorous paragraphs like the one above and it makes the book a pleasure to read; especially considering that Dead Souls was written in the 1800's.
Ash, I noticed you like Russian Authors. I haven't read too much Tolstoy at all. My memory is incredibly bad. I know I read a short story by him for my English class. I have read Bulgakov and Solzhenitsyn. I also have Turgenev on my to do list.
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