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Dead Souls | [Nikolai Gogol]

Dead Souls

Gogol's great comic masterpiece paints an hilariously satirical picture of provincial life in 19th century Russia. Its publication in 1847 not only provided inspiration for succeeding generations of Russian writers, but fanned the already flickering flames of social discontent which were eventually to flare up and consume Russia in the revolution of 1917.
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Publisher's Summary

Gogol's great comic masterpiece paints an hilariously satirical picture of provincial life in 19th century Russia. Its publication in 1847 not only provided inspiration for succeeding generations of Russian writers, but fanned the already flickering flames of social discontent which were eventually to flare up and consume Russia in the revolution of 1917.

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What the Critics Say

"Some contend that this novel, one of Gogol's defining works, was a precursor to Joseph Heller's great satirical novel Catch 22. The irony in both runs deep, wide, and circularly; in Gogol's case, we find an early example of the antihero, Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov, who purchases the souls of dead Russian peasants to further his soulless career. This criminally minded social climber has left the world of corrupt bureaucracy to fleece the self-same bureaucracy in a hilarious fable of small minds in nineteenth-century rural Russia. Gordon Griffin does a marvelous, plummy job of bringing Dead Souls through a glass, darkly." (AudioFile)

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    Jennifer Lansing, MI, USA 08-14-07
    Jennifer Lansing, MI, USA 08-14-07
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    "dead souls"

    Didn't care for the abridged version of this book. There was too much missing that was important to the story.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLES SAN MATEO, CA, United States 05-07-12
    CHARLES SAN MATEO, CA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Dead Souls is a very funny book"
    Would you listen to Dead Souls again? Why?

    This book is a classic study in the dark comedic aspects of human behavior. The story is about a scam and the responses of the characters when presented with the scam. Everybody wants their piece of the pie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The understanding of human nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chess game.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several. The characters that refused to participate were moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund Blue Bell, Panama 05-31-09
    Edmund Blue Bell, Panama 05-31-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Abridged but side-splittingly funny"

    Hilarious descriptions of Russian personalities which have many equivalents in contemporary society. very well abridged and beautifully read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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