May 06, 2006

Leo Tolstoy, I want those two hours back

In another round of FP reading, I read Tolstoy's The death of Ivan Ilyich, a 60-page short story about a banal man that lives a banal life comme il faut but realises on his deathbed that none of it was worth anything. I thought it was terrible. The obvious question it poses could be just as easily posed in a short essay of a few pages; after reading it, I kind of wanted those two hours of my life back. It was really boring reading, too, and I had to force myself to keep reading through to the end. I felt no connection with any of the characters and I just couldn't bring myself to care.

I do hope it isn't selected as a required FP reading, although I suppose I'll manage if it is. (If so, in the inevitable event that one of my FP students finds this page in the archives, hi! I hope class is going better then than I'm envisioning right now....)

"I do not agree with themóbut I do not judge them." --Nicholas Patricca, The fifth sun (Rutilio)

Posted by blahedo at 10:39pm on 6 May 2006
Actually, I thought it was a fascinating read. Short, but very apt on the way that we all die alone. I've had patients that reminded me of him. Posted by Theresa at 6:52pm on 7 May 2006
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