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Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

I am up to page 325 of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter XXXIII of Youth. And up to page 116 of A Sentimental Journey. What struck me in the last few days of reading Youth was that Tolstoy’s writing was improving as he went along but… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 23, 2017: There is little joy in the Tolstoys’ family life.

Now I am up to page 150 of Volume X of the Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter XI of Boyhood. I also read the first 15 pages of A Sentimental Journey, which in the Penguin Edition I have means I’m still in the introduction. On the face of it, I can’t… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 23, 2017: There is little joy in the Tolstoys’ family life.

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Tolstoy Journal, May 22, 2017: “one has to respect everyone.”

I have read up to page 127 of Volume X of the Novels and Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi or Chapter III of Boyhood. Really, I’ve come to see, this book is a gathering of three novellas. They are not as good or profound reading as War and Peace or Anna Karenina but still very… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 22, 2017: “one has to respect everyone.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 19, 2017: “Materialism is the most mystical of all doctrines.”

The Gospel in Tolstoy is my latest Tolstoy travel book acquisition, a beautifully done book with some of my favorite passages from Tolstoy’s work. And I love the Fritz Eichenberg engravings. I read up to page 50 of Volume X of the Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi last night, or Chapter XV… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 19, 2017: “Materialism is the most mystical of all doctrines.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 18, 2017: “Suffering is not an evil which you must be rid of, but the work of your life which you must accept.”

The above photograph is the frontispiece of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is from a daguerreotype in 1848, so Tolstoy was 20 years old. Thus I have finished Volume IX and read Anna Karenina for the second time in my life. I have read the first 24… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 18, 2017: “Suffering is not an evil which you must be rid of, but the work of your life which you must accept.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 10, 2017: “a reliable man.”

I have read up to page 250 of Volume IX of the Works of Tolstoy, or Chapter XI of Part Seventh of Anna Karenina. On the travel book side I have read up to page 45 of Talks With Tolstoy by Goldenweizer. What struck me in these pages is how inexorable Tolstoy makes the progress… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 10, 2017: “a reliable man.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 9, 2017: “a passion for goodness.”

Well, what a night to write a blog. I have not written in here for three days but I have kept up with the reading. I am on page 205 of Volume IX of the Works of Tolstoy or in Chapter XXXI of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina, will read up to page 225 tonight.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 9, 2017: “a passion for goodness.”