Ivan Ilyich, a respected lawyer and jurist, is dead. His colleagues make all the right sounds, but can't help wondering how his death will affect their careers. We go back over his life, see how Ivan did all the right things, played the various social and professional games with the proper amount of seriousness, until he realized the gnawing pain in his side was mortal. Then he went through all the stages of denial, terror, rage at his friends and loved ones, and the realization of all he had ignored to get ahead. Only in facing death does he realize the meaning of life. This is a short book, but page for page one of the greatest. Everyone should read it once a year.
This report prepared by David Loftus