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The Night Before Christmas ❰Reading❯ ➺ The Night Before Christmas Author Nikolai Gogol – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It is the night before Christmas and devilry is afoot The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket He is thus free to run amok and inflicts all sorts of wicked mischief upon the village of Dik It is The Night Before Christmas and devilry is afoot The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket He is The Night Kindle - thus free to run amok and inflicts all sorts of wicked mischief upon the village of Dikanka by unleashing a snowstorm But the one he d really like to torment is the town blacksmith, Vakula, who creates paintings of the devil being vanquished Vakula is in love with Oksana, but she will have nothing to do with him Vakula, however, is determined to win her over, even if it means battling the devilTaken from Nikolai Gogol s first successful work, the story collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, The Night Before Christmas is available here for the first time as a stand alone novella and is a perfect introduction to the great Russian satirist.


10 thoughts on “The Night Before Christmas

  1. Kenny Kenny says:

    What a wonderful Ukrainian folktale.


  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    The Night Before Christmas the first story in the second volume of Gogol s Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka 1832 is one of the author s Ukrainian stories in which the supernatural element is strong, and I believe that it is precisely these stories which constitute his best early work Of all of them, though, this tale of Christmas Eve is my favorite.Like my other favorite, St John s Eve, the movement of both the prose and the plot seems daringly improvisational at times, dangerously arbitrar The Night Before Christmas the first story in the second volume of Gogol s Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka 1832 is one of the author s Ukrainian stories in which the supernatural element is strong, and I believe that it is precisely these stories which constitute his best early work Of all of them, though, this tale of Christmas Eve is my favorite.Like my other favorite, St John s Eve, the movement of both the prose and the plot seems daringly improvisational at times, dangerously arbitrary at others, and yet, when the conclusion is eventually reached, each diversion, each apparent divagation, proves itself proportional to the whole, and complements and contributes to the satisfying resolution It is a high wire act of a short story at any moment we feel Gogol will plummet to the ground, but instead he concludes with a flourish, and proudly takes a well earned bow.The story, like many folk tales a tradition Gogol imitates is much too complicated to summarize Let s just say its about our hero the blacksmith Vakula and the adventures he encounters trying to win the love of Okhsana, the beautiful daughter of Choub, and that it involves a witch named Solokha, a bunch of would be adulterers hiding in coal sacks, a Cossack wizard named Patsiuk who eats levitating dumplings, a trip through the air to St Petersburg, the Czarina Catherine s slippers and the Czarina herself , and a devil big enough to steal the moon and summon a snow storm, yet small enough to fit right in Vakula s pocket Oh, and there s a happy ending, of course I ll end this review just for the hell of it with the levitating dumplingsPatsiuk opened his mouth wide, looked at the dumplings, and opened his mouth still wider Just then a dumpling flipped out of the bowl, plopped into the sour cream, turned over on the other side, jumped up, and went straight into Patsiuk s mouth Patsiuk ate it and again opened his mouth, and in went another dumpling in the same way He was left only with the work of chewing and swallowing See what a marvel thought the blacksmith, opening his mouth in surprise, and noticing straightaway that a dumpling was going into his mouth as well and had already smeared his lips with sour cream Pushing the dumpling away and wiping his lips, the blacksmith began to reflect on what wonders happen in the world and what clever things a man could attain to by means of the unclean powers .


  3. Loretta Loretta says:

    Totally different book than American writer, Clement C Moore s The Night Before Christmas Moore s book is all visions of sugar plums danced in their heads while Gogol s book has the devil running amok on the night before Christmas.My Penguin Classic edition has a small synopsis in the beginning of the book, and I quote, The Night Before Christmas is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia Simarliy, Clement C Moore s book is still read aloud to American chi Totally different book than American writer, Clement C Moore s The Night Before Christmas Moore s book is all visions of sugar plums danced in their heads while Gogol s book has the devil running amok on the night before Christmas.My Penguin Classic edition has a small synopsis in the beginning of the book, and I quote, The Night Before Christmas is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia Simarliy, Clement C Moore s book is still read aloud to American children and probably to a whole host of children of different nationalities, including Ukrainen and Russian Moore s book is sweet Gogol s is a bit dark, especially for children Gogol wrote another children s book that I read recently called Sorotchintzy Fair The book is similar to his The Night Before Christmas , for it s a story of good and evil, which basically that s what Gogol s Night Before Christmas is all about Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight


  4. Karina Karina says:

    This was a fast paced read on a Ukrainian Russian folktale And I enjoyed the drawings in it.On this one night there is an ordinary devil left to roam among Christian folk and teach them devilish tricks If a man carries the devil on his shoulders, he doesn t have far to go pg 36


  5. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    This is an interesting Christmas story with a combination of reality and fantasy With an unusual character set, which includes the Devil, a witch and a pious blacksmith, Gogol creates a charming story thematically touching on good against evil, love, jealousy and revenge For a short fiction, Gogol has employed quite a number of themes and for each theme, there is an abstract story within the whole All combined, Gogol creates an engaging story inThe Night Before Christmas.This is my first r This is an interesting Christmas story with a combination of reality and fantasy With an unusual character set, which includes the Devil, a witch and a pious blacksmith, Gogol creates a charming story thematically touching on good against evil, love, jealousy and revenge For a short fiction, Gogol has employed quite a number of themes and for each theme, there is an abstract story within the whole All combined, Gogol creates an engaging story inThe Night Before Christmas.This is my first reading experience of Nikolai Gogol I may have not approached him with his best work which my instinct tells me , but this is still a good introduction to his work I was really impressed with his writing It has a simple elegance with a touch of satire And I like the way he tells his story it is captivating I can easily put him on par with Dostoevsky and Tolstoy for his skill at story telling Overall, this was a pretty good first read I m really happy to have come across yet another Russian author that I want to explore further


  6. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    The Night Before Christmas is a scary and hilarious and jolly and most delicious Gothic love story Why is it so Gothic Because the blacksmith and the devil are in love with the same girl and on Christmas Eve they start competing for her heart The devil flew up to the moon, reached out and tried to grab it, but must have burned his fingers, for he hopped on one leg, sucking on his hand He walked around it and tried again from the other side, and again jumped back But the sly one didn t give The Night Before Christmas is a scary and hilarious and jolly and most delicious Gothic love story Why is it so Gothic Because the blacksmith and the devil are in love with the same girl and on Christmas Eve they start competing for her heart The devil flew up to the moon, reached out and tried to grab it, but must have burned his fingers, for he hopped on one leg, sucking on his hand He walked around it and tried again from the other side, and again jumped back But the sly one didn t give up he suddenly grabbed the moon with both hands and, juggling it like a hot pancake, stuffed it in his pocket, and flew off as though nothing had happened In our village of Dikanka, no one noticed the theft True, when the district scribe crawled out of the tavern on all fours he thought he saw the moon dancing in the sky, but who would believe him The Devil as usual employs his devilish ways In his spare time, you see, the blacksmith dabbled in painting and actually enjoyed a considerable local reputation The pinnacle of his art was agreed to be a large panel inside the church porch, which depicted St Peter expelling the devil from hell on the day of the Last Judgment Faced with imminent death, the terrified devil darts here and there, while the forgiven sinners bash him with whips and sticks The devil tried everything to stop Vakula from finishing the hateful portrait, shoving his hand, blowing soot on the panel but despite his heartiest efforts the painting was completed and nailed to the church wall, and since then the devil swore to take revenge on its creator And such are the ways of the sly blacksmith.Miracles, surprises and mischief are in abundance and the tale is extremely colourful And of course good wins in the most unexpected way


  7. classic reverie classic reverie says:

    Starting my Christmas reading late but looking forward to my 4 stories nonetheless I started Nikolai Gogol s The Night Before Christmas, first and intended to read on Christmas Eve but my plans always seem to change LOL This is the first work that I read by Gogol, Dead Souls is on my list for 2019 What I found interesting in this story which was different than my Russian Christmas stories that I read last year this was upbeat though it steeped in moral guidance but in a fun way and last ye Starting my Christmas reading late but looking forward to my 4 stories nonetheless I started Nikolai Gogol s The Night Before Christmas, first and intended to read on Christmas Eve but my plans always seem to change LOL This is the first work that I read by Gogol, Dead Souls is on my list for 2019 What I found interesting in this story which was different than my Russian Christmas stories that I read last year this was upbeat though it steeped in moral guidance but in a fun way and last years weremelancholy and depressing, though I also love them If interested click on my Christmas shelf above to see those stories.This short story is fantasy, farce and has a religious element from beginning to end but with such an interesting set of characters What does this have to do with Christmas It takes place the night before but other than that Christmas really is not mentioned but Christianity and The Devil are at odds The Devil look to play havoc by stealing the moon causing pitch darkness The witch is a lady of the neighborhood who is interesting in that her son is a great example of his Christian faith which provides him with a weapon against The Devil s devilish plans Add many townspeople that are characters in themself and a beautiful girl who indeed likes her looks, this becomes quite the story Under the book s description this is read to children, which some parts seem interesting for children s minds but the morals for the children are good lessons learned If our relatives are not the sort of moral guidance needed, one can find those who can direct and live their lives quite on opposite poles and live a better life Oh, add a touch of romance which makes this story quite endearing.This version had two end notes that were helpful and several other things I looked up on my own A wonderful read IMO, I could feel myself in the blackness of a blizzard and watched the story played out The illustrations were very enjoyable


  8. Florencia Florencia says:

    This short story appears in the second volume of the book Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka Don t let the name fool you, it s not the typical Christmas tale, it s just as weird as another one I recently read The Christmas Tree and the Wedding It starts so peacefully, a perfect Christmas depiction And suddenly, a witch And then, the Devil, looking for good people to teach them to sin If it weren t for Gogol s brilliant writing and detailed descriptions that let you enjoy this even , I d This short story appears in the second volume of the book Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka Don t let the name fool you, it s not the typical Christmas tale, it s just as weird as another one I recently read The Christmas Tree and the Wedding It starts so peacefully, a perfect Christmas depiction And suddenly, a witch And then, the Devil, looking for good people to teach them to sin If it weren t for Gogol s brilliant writing and detailed descriptions that let you enjoy this even , I d be bored to death.The way Gogol described the Devil reminded me of a Disney s devil, you know, the one that appears in the movie Fantasia I loved that film until the last part, Night on Bald Mountain Oh my, that image freaked me out so bad But even as a kid, I loved animated films with classical background music Yup, I was a very popular kid at school.Anyway, this devil hated a blacksmith artist that painted a well known picture of Saint Peter and a defeated evil spirit, so he sworn vengeance on this handsome fellow that was in love with a beautiful girl one of those conceited girls that know they re beautiful but deny their beauty so other people tell them that they re indeed beautiful a quite annoying habit Therefore, his evil plan was to steal the moon And the reason is explained by Gogol in such a funny and delicate manner And that might be his trademark being able to write about kind people or bad people with no morals committing questionable or despicable acts but without losing humor nor subtlety Just a sample view spoiler The witch, seeing herself suddenly in the dark, cried out Here the devil, sidling up to her, took her under the arm and started whispering in her ear what is usually whispered to the whole of womankind Wondrous is the working of the world All who live in it try to mimic and mock one another In short, everything tries to get ahead When will these people cease their vanity I ll bet many would be surprised to see the devil getting up to it as well What s most vexing is that he must fancy he s a handsome fellow, whereas it s shameful to look him in the face A mug, as Foma Grigorievich says, that s the vilest of the vile, and yet he, too, goes philandering But it got so dark in the sky, and under the sky, that it was no longer possible to see what went on further between them hide spoiler An incisive yet funny portrayal of human behavior no doubt Again, not the typical Christmas tale, and I love Gogol for that.Dec 22, 13 Also on my blog


  9. B. P. Rinehart B. P. Rinehart says:

    Well, this was different This is my second time reading Gogol and it is a much better introduction than my first attempt This is my Christmas read for the year and it is a Christmas story like no other this guy s not your average Charles Dickens He took this story places I definitely didn t see it going The events of this story could have happened on any night, but the fact that it happens on Christmas Eve Jan 5th, in this neck of the woods elevates the craziness of the events If I lear Well, this was different This is my second time reading Gogol and it is a much better introduction than my first attempt This is my Christmas read for the year and it is a Christmas story like no other this guy s not your average Charles Dickens He took this story places I definitely didn t see it going The events of this story could have happened on any night, but the fact that it happens on Christmas Eve Jan 5th, in this neck of the woods elevates the craziness of the events If I learned anything from his story it is this, check your coal sacks buy your own shoes.Merry Christmas


  10. Katherine Katherine says:

    The day of Christmas Eve ended and the night began, cold and clearSynopsis Making a deal with the devil is never a good idea, but most definitely isn t a good idea to make one with him at Christmas Biblio Babble The Devil Went Up to Russia Well, you can t accuse this book of being outlandish We ve got witches, wizards, and a dancing devil hiding in a bag You see, the devil has a great disliking for the local blacksmith because he paints ugly pictures of him, and also happens to bThe day of Christmas Eve ended and the night began, cold and clearSynopsis Making a deal with the devil is never a good idea, but most definitely isn t a good idea to make one with him at Christmas Biblio Babble The Devil Went Up to Russia Well, you can t accuse this book of being outlandish We ve got witches, wizards, and a dancing devil hiding in a bag You see, the devil has a great disliking for the local blacksmith because he paints ugly pictures of him, and also happens to be in love with the same girl he is He causes a shit load of mayhem not only for the blacksmith, but the entire village, cause go big or go home, amiright The devil was the most interesting character in the book, if not the most confounding And yet he gets so little page time in the book that it made the book seem lost without him.Hey Becky, I Just Want You To Know Have you ever watched the classic 90s Disney film Tom and Huck Becky Thatcher treats Tom Sawyer like shit for the entire film, and despite that he s still desperately in love with her I mean, the kid gets pushed and shoved and torn apart by her every chance she gets, and yet in that little kid way, he still is infatuated with her The relationship in the book perfectly mirrors the relationship between Vakula the blacksmith and Oksana, the girl he and the devil both love But Good LORD is Vakula and Oksana s relationship dysfunctional Just like Tom Sawyer, Vakula blindly adores Oksana, but she treats him like complete upper crap I mean, she treats him so bad that when he runs off to heed her request, the villagers think she drove him to suicide That s pretty bad, if I say so myself.I m So Pretty and Witty and VAIN How both Vakula and the devil could possibly fall in love with someone as selfish, vain, conceited, and narcissistic as Oksana I will never be able to understand Though in hindsight, I probably shouldn t say that, because she s exactly the type of person the devil would fall in love with Between mooning over herself in the mirror and treating Vakula like dirt, she doesn t have much else to do in this novella However, I do believe that she will give readers a new appreciation forlevel headed protagonists A Book Only a Russian Could Love This little novella is uniquely Russian, and I say this in a good and bad way While it s babushkashing along in it s own Russian way, the only thing missing are dancing Kosacks and matryoshka dolls Gogol clearly wrote this partly as a love letter to Russia, and it shows The cold Russian winters and the ladies with their heads covered in colorful Russian scarves, the images in your head accompanied by Gogol s folksy writing style will have you instantly dreaming of winter However, the novella could border on the bizarre side for some readers, especially since Gogol wants you to take it with complete seriousness This uniquely Russian story, while quirky and audacious, fails to make use of its most interesting character Both a love letter to Russia and an ode to the supernatural folklore surrounding us, this should appeal to those who want a wintery read or those with a special fondness for imperial Russia


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