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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.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   lawyer creature Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Russian Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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