Sunday Short: The Overcoat.

Why you should read it Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat (also known as The Cloak) is a fantastic story that definitely deserves its place among the “Best Russian Short Stories”. But, I won’t lie to you. Not all parts of this story are exciting to read. Gogol published it in 1842 and the writing style was different then. Nevertheless, you should read the story because it is a classic, it is beautifully honest and in parts simply hilarious. The Overcoat is about a Russian bureaucrat that seems like he “had been born in undress uniform with a bald head“. Gogol’s story is so full of delightful sarcasm, that one cannot help to smile. Of course, you have to be acquainted with the silliness of bureaucracy to…

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Sunday Short: The Selfish Giant.

Why you should read it The Selfish Giant is rather short. And it has a very sweet and memorable moral. (Although it gets a little over the top religious at the end, for my taste at least.) It is one of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales which he wrote for his kids. If you have only read his major works like Dorian Gray and his plays, in which he mainly mocks society, you definitely shouldn’t miss this fairy tale side of him. Happy reading. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass.  Here and there over the grass stood…

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