Reviews about The Overcoat

The Overcoat

reviewed by Rob Mason on 28 August 2017

The story narrates the life and death of titular councillor Akaky Akakievich an impoverished government clerk and copyist in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg. Akaky is dedicated to his job, though little recognized in his department for his hard work. Instead, the younger clerks tease him and attempt to distract him whenever they can. His threadbare overcoat is often the butt of their jokes. Akaky decides it is necessary to have the coat repaired, so he takes it to his tailor, Petrovich, who declares the coat irreparable, telling Akaky he must buy a new overcoat. Russian author Nikolai…Read