For anyone who's read the work of Leo Tolstoy, it's no wonder his influence is still felt so strongly today, even over 100 years past his death. For those who've abstained from the Russian master for fear of his lengthy novels, the story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" provides listeners with a much easier, but just as poignant, entryway into his work. With an astute performance, veteran narrator, Walter Zimmerman gives the tragic story of the peasant Pakhom, who's desires outmatch his common sense, a new energy. How Much Land Does a Man Need? is another important listen from one of history's greatest novelists and moralists.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
"Great story but..."
Wonderful story...very profound and very well read. However I have to question the suggested age range. I would think this would be more a middle school to adult story. I just don't think really young kids would get it.
This is a wonderful story. One of those that makes you stop and think about what is really important in life.
"I really liked this tale."
This is a simple tale, much like other classic literature, that explains how greed corrupts the enjoyment of all things. Worthwhile listening for everyone, and certainly a topic that isn't approached with children often enough.
"Eloquent parable about greed"
This is more of a parable than a short story. It is concise and to the point and very easy to reproduce orally. For example, after hearing this story just once, I know that I could repeat it easily and quickly to another person in order to illustrate a salient point about the human weakness for greed. Tolstoy does it beautifully all the way to the last line, which is perfectly ironic.
Walter Zimmerman's halting, dispassionate, and monotone narration is all the more ironic for the story's exceptional oral qualities.
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