Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes

William Alexander GERHARDI (1895 - 1977)

From the preface written by Edith Wharton: Then I fell upon Futility. Some one said: “It's another new novel about Russia” –and every one of my eager feelers curled up in a tight knot of refusal. But . . . I read on, amused, moved, absorbed, till the tale and the journey ended together.

This, it seems to me, is the most striking quality of Mr. Gerhardi's book: that he has (even in this, his first venture) enough of the true novelist's “objectivity” to focus the two so utterly alien races to whom he belongs almost equally, by birth and bringing-up – the English and the Russian – to sympathize with both, and to depict them for us as they see each other, with the play of their mutual reactions illuminating and animating them all. - Summary from the preface by Edith Wharton

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Margaret Espaillat
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Play 01 Part 1, Chapters 1-5 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 02 Part 1, Chapters 6-8 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 03 Part 1, Chapters 9-11 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 04 Part 2 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 05 Part 3, Chapters 1-2 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 06 Part 3, Chapters 3-4 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 07 Part 3, Chapters 5-7 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 08 Part 3, Chapters 8-10 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 09 Part 3, Chapters 11-12 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 10 Part 4, Chapters 1-3 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 11 Part 4, Chapters 4-6 Margaret Espaillat
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