Dead Souls [Three Things Thursday]

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Translation: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Rating: 4/5
Date Read: August 2007

1. In Dead Souls, Chichikov, in an attempt to inflate his social standing, comes up with a scheme of purchasing from other landowner’s the serfs who have died. No one really knows what his mysterious plan is and each landowner he approaches reacts in a different manner to his odd request for their “dead souls.”

2. I found this book hilarious. I remember laughing out loud when Gogol explained that the fat men rule the world. This is meant to be a critical look at Russian society and Gogol succeeded by making me laugh at it. I love me some quirky characters and Dead Souls does not disappoint in that regard.

3. I think I had a good translation and I would recommend it. I actually only read the original Part 1 of Dead Souls and, for some reason (I think I may have become a little bored and knew the rest of it was unfinished), didn’t bother reading any further, but this edition contains the entire thing.

Three Things Thursday is a new weekly feature where I review books I read prior to blogging by sharing just three things about them.

2 thoughts on “Dead Souls [Three Things Thursday]

  1. Sandy March 17, 2011 / 10:54 am

    I like this feature. So many books read BB (before blogging) but my problem is I can’t ever remember the details!


  2. zibilee March 18, 2011 / 9:53 am

    I started reading this last year and never finished. I think I got all the way through section 2. It was super funny though, and I can’t wait to finish it. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it!


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