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The Bronze Horseman is a narrative poem that describes the planned conquests of Peter the Great, and eulogizes the city of Petersburg. The consequent verses are dedicated to the story of Evgenii, who pines for a woman named Parasha and goes insane when he cannot find her, evoking a statue of Peter to animate and kill him.
What makes this book stand out?
The way that it is constructed in narrative style adds immensely to the appeal for The Bronze Horseman.
Read it for
The tragedy of Evgenii, and the ode to the city of Petersburg.
Don't read it for
The apparent disconnectedness with the subjects of the verses, and the odd, unnatural ending to the poem.