The Rory Gilmore Book Club: 20 Of The Gilmore Girls Character’s Most Beloved Books

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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Rory Gilmore Book Club

Penguin Classics

Gogol is more than just a funny word. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol is a book so intellectual, even Rory uses it to look smart. On season three’s “Application Anxiety,” Rory and Lorelai agree to lie and say that Rory was reading Gogol’s Russian classic when her Harvard application arrives instead of what Rory was *actually* doing when the mail came that morning — watching The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. Dead Souls is celebrated as an insanely realistic portrayal of provisional Russian life while antihero Chichikov trades deceased serfs who are still accounted for in property registers. The novel is well-known for ending mid-

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