The Riddle of Life and Death: Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych

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The Riddle of Life and Death Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych These two literary classics dare to pose difficult existential questions What is the meaning of life Was my life of value Why am I dying The narrative employed in Tolstoy s novella is linear and reali
  • Title: The Riddle of Life and Death: Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Author: Tillie Olsen Leo Tolstoy
  • ISBN: 9781558615366
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • These two literary classics dare to pose difficult existential questions What is the meaning of life Was my life of value Why am I dying The narrative employed in Tolstoy s novella is linear and realistically detailed The style of Olsen s story, set in the United States about a century later, is allusive, moving in psychological time, from the senses, voices, and scenThese two literary classics dare to pose difficult existential questions What is the meaning of life Was my life of value Why am I dying The narrative employed in Tolstoy s novella is linear and realistically detailed The style of Olsen s story, set in the United States about a century later, is allusive, moving in psychological time, from the senses, voices, and scenes in the present to memories of the past.Other differences are sharper still Tolstoy s Ilych is a self satisfied czarist official Olsen s protagonist, Eva, once a proletarian revolutionary, is a sixty nine year old dissatisfied working class housewife, mother, and grandmother Tolstoy focuses entirely on the life of a model man of his generation, who is successful professionally, though less so in his private life Ultimately, though, Olsen and Tolstoy demand that readers examine their lives, and consider questions about pain, suffering, inequalities, fate, and one s life work.
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    In the last few years, due to various circumstances, I ve been forced to become and cognizant of my mortality Not only mortality, but also the essentially linear nature of life itself You re born, you live, you die And as you live there are some things that happen only once, if at all, and if you miss an opportunity, it s gone, no redo s no second chances, it s just you, yourself, and the time you have left to do with what you will or can, to nudge away the fatalist in me.It s with this mindse [...]

    Both stories are phenomenal Introduction was poor and there were numerous misspellings throughout the book, which was very frustrating Otherwise, an interesting pairing of two excellent stories Tell Me A Riddle is particularly harrowing, potentially one to avoid if you have other things planned for your day

    Excellent publication by the Feminist Press Two excellent novellas that resonate and complement each other immensely well Charm, regret, suffering and an underlying massage of hope for those who will learn from the tale make for an emotional and moving read.

    I have to start by saying I haven t read Ivan Ilych yet, but I want to write about my re reading, after many years, Tell Me a Riddle This time, I read it out loud, using the intonations that I remember from the grandparent generation of my childhood, the same vernacular that Olson celebrates in remembering her parents voices About ten pages from the end, I could hardly continue reading , and when I finished, the two men in the room and I were sobbing audibly I cannot think of another work that b [...]

    Tolstoy s novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych, questions the meaning of suffering and death as well as right living The struggle of the protagonist cannot but shake us as he grows to a realization that he had lived so much of his life in proper living, artificiality, materialism, superficial relationships and deception Though the novella ends with definite Christian themes, we all can appreciate the authentic, fearless life of the simple peasant who alone seems to bring both physical and spiritual [...]

    This two story set is painful, if only because it is so real Anyone who has watched as a cherished parent or grandparent slowly deteriorates will have a visceral reaction to Tolstoy and Olsen s narratives I was incapable of stopping the tears from flowing at the end of each narrative and I likewise could not help but, at moments, picture my own dead grandparents loved and lost These narratives are not easy to read but they explore the question of how we live and position the reader in such a way [...]

    This was an interesting juxtaposition of two novellas that dealt with the main character s death They were quite different in tone and in presentation, but both managed to forcefully illustrate the mystery of death to those who are dying These two characters lived the question of what did my life mean in different ways that came across as very honest Of the two, I found myself gravitating toward Ivan Ilych and his perspective on life and death This was a difficult read, but a valuable one.

    Read this in my nursing ethics class End of life issues should be made clear prior to illness so that the patient s wishes can be carried out Honesty and open discussion is mandatory.

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