How Long to Read Woe from Wit

By Alexander Griboedov

How Long Does it Take to Read Woe from Wit?

It takes the average reader 3 hours and 37 minutes to read Woe from Wit by Alexander Griboedov

Assuming a reading speed of 250 words per minute. Learn more


Alexander Griboedov’s Woe from Wit is one of the masterpieces of Russian drama. A verse comedy set in Moscow high society after the Napoleonic wars, it offers sharply drawn characters and clever repartee, mixing meticulously crafted banter and biting social critique. Its protagonist, Alexander Chatsky, is an idealistic ironist, a complex Romantic figure who would be echoed in Russian literature from Pushkin onward. Chatsky returns from three years abroad hoping to rekindle a romance with his childhood sweetheart, Sophie. In the meantime, she has fallen in love with Molchalin, her reactionary father Famusov’s scheming secretary. Chatsky speaks out against the hypocrisy of aristocratic society—and as scandal erupts, he is met with accusations of madness. Woe from Wit was written in 1823 and was an immediate sensation, but under heavy-handed tsarist censorship, it was not published in full until forty years later. Its influence is felt not just in Russian literary language but in everyday speech. It is the source of a remarkable number of frequently quoted aphorisms and turns of phrase, comparable to Shakespeare’s influence on English. Yet owing to its complex rhyme scheme and verse structure, the play has frequently been considered almost untranslatable. Betsy Hulick’s translation brings Griboedov’s sparkling wit, spirited dialogue, and effortless crossing of registers from elevated to colloquial into a lively contemporary English.

How long is Woe from Wit?

Woe from Wit by Alexander Griboedov is 214 pages long, and a total of 54,356 words.

This makes it 72% the length of the average book. It also has 66% more words than the average book.

How Long Does it Take to Read Woe from Wit Aloud?

The average oral reading speed is 183 words per minute. This means it takes 4 hours and 57 minutes to read Woe from Wit aloud.

What Reading Level is Woe from Wit?

Woe from Wit is suitable for students ages 12 and up.

Note that there may be other factors that effect this rating besides length that are not factored in on this page. This may include things like complex language or sensitive topics not suitable for students of certain ages.

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