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Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

I'm asking my readers for help here. When I was a young teenager, I read a book that I'd like to find for my grandchildren, but I can't remember the title or author. I knew you'd like the challenge! Here's the storyline: A man makes a deal with the devil. He can have all the land he can walk around in one day. Sounds like a great deal for the poor man, so he goes for it. After he gets started he realizes that he can cover a lot more ground than he thought he could, so he keeps expanding the area he wants to claim for his own. Bottom line is he is so exhausted by the time he's nearing the start/finish point and the sun's going down, that he falls down dead. Great story about the perils of being greedy. Anybody know the story?

Comments:
Mmmmm...sorry, Grandma. Doesn't ring a bell. I'll put it up to our Llama readers.
 
Hmmmmm. Vaguely familiar, but I have absolutely no clue. Something like this sounds more like a short story in a collection than a full-length book.

Sorry.

Ted - aka Rocket Jones
 
It sounds like you're looking for the short story "How Much Land Does A Man Need?" written by Leo Tolstoy.

I also vaguely remember from high school a similar tale that was set in America, but Tolstoy's is the one I remember best.
 
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