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Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

I was having a browse in Waterstones and picked this up, never heard of the writer or the book but it looked intriguing. As has become habit of late for me, instead of buying it there and then I checked how much the Kindle version was and it turned out 7 cheaper so I downloaded it.

It was published originally in 1841 and tells the tale of an ex-civil servant called Pavel Chichikov who travels to a small town in the vast Russian flatlands in order to buy up the souls of dead serfs from landowners. Due to a bureaucratic ruling, landowners still have to pay taxes on serfs that worked on their land even though they are deseased. Chickikov offers to take the tax burdens away from the landowners by buying up non-existent people.

Even though the novel is unfinished and ends mid-sentence (Gogol destroyed the manuscript of the second part of the book) its still a good read. It has great satire and some interesting vividly dipicted characters and often goes off on observational tangents about what mans place and purpose in his life on the planet are.

PS I have got a bit behind with my reading and reviews as last Friday Mrs. D gave birth to our beautiful son Joseph so I have been a bit busy with more important stuff n' that. That is all.
Plastic Man

Chickikov? Have you made that up?


(Many congratulations on the birth of your nipper!)
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
Chickikov? Have you made that up?


(Many congratulations on the birth of your nipper!)


That is a spelling mistake Your Grace. I got it right the first time I mentioned it but fucked up the second time I typed it. The main characters name is Chichikov, Fact!
Grind

A baby Dockster? Ace and that!
grunt

They keep caaalling meee!
Forest

grunt wrote:
They keep caaalling meee!


Dock

grunt wrote:
They keep caaalling meee!


That's a Joy Division reference isn't it. I'm up with all the new bands me.
Plastic Man

grunt wrote:
They keep caaalling meee!


The relevance of this post originally passed me by.

May I belatedly acknowledge its genius.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

interesting old cove

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Gogol

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