Every bit of it. And a whole lot more.

by Manmohan
(New Delhi)

In just a few pages, Tolstoy sharply etches out how Ivan is living his life to the expectations of the society, thinking all along that he's having a good life. Then he goes on shatter this peaceful little pretense with savage intensity.
The progression of Ivan's reaction to inciting incident from denial onwards is so skillfully done that one is sucked into Ivan's mind and situation.

Once he comes to fully understand the utter futility of the way he's lived his life, the pain of it matches the physical pain he feels. Tolstoy has written it so well, that one cannot help but review one's own life in a some kind of tombstone test.

What more can one ask ffor?

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