The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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Drawing on the experience of his own struggle to find enlightenment and a deeper spiritual understanding of life, Tolstoy in The death of Ivan Ilyich takes us on the final journey towards death with Ivan Ilyich, who, falling victim to an incurable illness, ponders on his own life -- its shallowness and lack of compassion, wondering what is the meaning of it all. At times sombre, at times satirical, Tolstoy's novel raises questions about the way we live and how we should strive even at the end to seek final redemption. It is a powerful masterpiece of psychological exploration, and has influenced writers as diverse as Hemingway and Nabokov.
Publisher: [Franklin, Tenn.] : Naxos AudioBooks, 2008.
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Jan 25, 2016

Great story, excellently narrated, very moving. Not much more to add, unless one wishes to hear more praise.

Dec 26, 2014

Reminded me of something I saw in the paper today - "are you working on your resume or your eulogy"?
This story would come down on the side of eulogy.
I'm working on my appreciation of Tolstoy and it's nice to be able to enjoy a shorter work. I'm really not anxious to start War and Peace again. But I know I missed a lot on the first time through since reading "Who's Afraid of War and Peace?"

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