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The Overcoat

A Russian Ghost Story, with Original Foreword by Kate Shrewsday
Narrated by: Kate Shrewsday
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Nicolai Gogol's classic ghost story set in the streets of St. Petersburg in the 19th century.

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I can imagine Adam Sandler doing this as a film.

Extremely accessible writing. Strangely I found it's style similar to current Hollywood movies which shows the modernity of Gogol's mind. His depiction of the downtrodden is humorous and keenly observed. His portrayal of a power crazy petty beurocrat rapier-like. Like the ultimately ghostly protagonist Gogol exacts his revenge on the absurd in humanity in the immortal characters he leaves behind.

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  • Douglas
  • 07-10-15

The Life, Death, and Life After Death of Akaky

Very interesting short story. It is important and worth reading due to its influence on Russian Literature, but it's also a very enjoyable read. It can most certainly be read in one sitting. Kate Shrewsday is flawless and a perfect choice for this story.

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  • Pree Bee
  • 04-04-19

A Classic

This book is short, easy, and well written. The mastery of Nikolai Gogol, can be seen in the tale of Akaky and how the coat could change life in Russia.