Monday, July 23, 2018

Reader's Diary #1873- Ivan Bunin: The Gentleman from San Francisco

The central theme of Ivan Bunin's short story "The Gentleman from San Francisco" seems to be that death is the great equalizer. Hard to argue with that or even to suggest that it's not worthy of a piece of literature.

Still, I found Bunin's getting there a bit tedious. A story of a wealthy man taking a cruise to Italy, it does have moments of brilliance (I especially enjoyed the contrast of the naive and ignorance rich folk playing about on deck against the hard working folks below and the peril they were all actually surviving), but otherwise I found it wordy and stuffy.

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