Book Review – The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol

Acacky Acackyevich has a worn out coat that can’t be saved by his local tailor, so Acacky scrimps and saves to purchase a new overcoat. Everyone admires his coat and he even goes to a party in an upscale part of St Petersburg and leaves his coat on a rack while he enjoys himself, though he misses his coat, but it’s stolen on the way home.

What does Acacky do, well you’ll have to read the book to find out.

This is funny and sad in almost equal measure, because Acacky doesn’t have an interesting life and his overcoat means more to him than any material possession should do. His life is dull and is only enlivened when he feels the new coat on his shoulders.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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