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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by nick g., Jan 16, 2004.

  1. nick g.

    nick g. Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chandler, Arizona
    I recently read and re-read The Death of Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, and I found it incredibly provocative, that is, in the sense it has made me really look at my own fears and doubts of my own mortality.

    Have any of you read it? Do you think Tolstoy's take on people's behavior when confronted with death is accurate?
  2. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    I've read it. Think it's great. And I don't have the necessary bg to agree or disagree. But it's intriguing and persuasive...
  3. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I read it as an assignment in college...

    Ivan Ilyich= John Smith= Everyman... meaning to Tolstoy it really doesn't matter if you agree or not... each one of us will face similar questions at the end of our lives...

    I can't remember if it was for the same class, but I also read a short story by Tolkien called Leaf by Niggle- If you like TDoII, you may like that as well... it's an example in a book on writing fiction and other short stories called "Tree and Leaf"