Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Nikolai Gogol

fiction classics short stories reflective medium-paced

84 pages | first published 1835

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Hailed by Nabokov as "the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced," Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) left his mark as a playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. Gogol's works remain popular with both writers and readers, who prize his orig...
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Summary of 369 reviews


dark 75%
funny 50%
mysterious 33%
reflective 25%
tense 25%
challenging 16%
lighthearted 16%
sad 16%
emotional 8%
relaxing 8%


medium 41%
fast 41%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 77% | A mix: 11% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 40% | No: 30% | Yes: 30%

Loveable characters?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 37% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 12%

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