Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) was sent out into the world at the age of 11 to fend for himself. This second volume of his autobiographical trilogy records his first encounters with the senseless, violent side of Russian society during the later years of the 19th century.
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"Two beings dwelt within me: one of them, having seen too much of filth and loathsomeness, had become chastened. Lifeís dreadful humdrum had made him skeptical and suspicious, and he looked with helpless compassion upon all people, including himself. This individual longed to lead a quiet, retired life far away from cities and people. He dreamed of going to Persia, of entering a monastery, of living in a foresterís hut or the lodge of a railway guard, or becoming a night watchman somewhere on the outskirts of town. The fewer the people and the more remote, the better.
" The other individual, baptized by the holy spirit of wise and truthful books, realized that lifeís dreadful humdrum exerted a ruthless power which might easily lop off his head or crush him under a grimy heel. And so he summoned all his strength in self- defense, baring his teeth, clenching his fists, ever ready for a fight or an argument."
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014044291X
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014044291X