The Death of Ivan Ilyich covers his sickness and ultimately his death in a form of Russian fatalism. The topics is rather heavy and I can’t say I enjoyed reading it, but it was written very well and I liked that.
It have read Tolstoy before so I already knew of his talents with words, and while this was good, it might have been a little bit too long (he wasn’t known for his brevity). If you are looking for a little something to start reading Tolstoy I would recommend the other Little Black Classic – How Much Land Does A Man Need – that is a short story which is devilishly fun.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Little Black Classics #87) – Leo Tolstoy