For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.
Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.
I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.
One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters.
I also made a quick research about Gorky. According Henri Troyat, Gorky, who grew up in poverty and tried to educate himself in absence of formal education, is a total autodidact, a self-learner. Freedom is the main theme in most of his works and maybe that’s why Troyat describes him as a utopian. The stories give insight to the politics of late 19th century, and the lives of working class men.
I read this book in Turkish, so now I want to see how other languages treat the imageries and other literary tools. I wish I could read all the books in their original languages, because translation is an art itself and some things change when translating.
I just finished the book and now I will make Oyku start reading this book so that we can discuss!