The first time I read The Gentleman from San Francisco by Ivan Alekseevich Bunin, I was completely unimpressed. I tossed onto the pile to be donated to charity.
A few hours later I wanted to re-read a passage, so I brought it back, read it, then returned it to the pile.
The next day there was another passage I wanted to re-read, so again I brought it back– only this time put it on my bookshelf afterward.
It’s an odd little story, compelling without being particularly exciting. It’s a strange length, a little longer than a short story, a little shorter than a novella.
It was written in 1917 in Russia, and translated into English by D.H. Lawrence in 1922. It is in the public domain, and may be downloaded freely from Project Gutenberg, HERE.
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