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Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

Well, I got way behind on my reading but have caught up this Saturday morning, up to page 144 of Volume XII of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. That is, I have finished reading “The Wood-Cutting Expedition,” “An Old Acquaintance,” and “Lost on the Steppe; or, The Snowstorm.” Next comes “Polikushka”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

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Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

I am forty pages behind on my reading today, as usual on Wednesday, but, as usual again, I read some pages of The Gospel in Tolstoy during my holy hour. I read “The Healing of Prince Andrei,” from War and Peace, “The Repentant Sinner,” “A Grain as Big as Big as a Hen’s Egg,” and the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

The featured image is of the “travel book” I bought because Tolstoy called Rousseau, his master. I have finished Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and am on page 21 of Volume XII, or up to Chapter VIII of “The Invaders,” which is more commonly translated as “The Raid.”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

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Tolstoy Journal, April 17, 2017: “The work went on and on.”

Well, I did the Pecha Kucha and feel that I crashed and burned though people said I did great. I should have practiced more. The slides went by a lot faster than I thought they would and so after reading four or so cards, I put them down and winged it and did much better.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 17, 2017: “The work went on and on.”

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Tolstoy Journal, April 11, 2017: “This abyss was actual life.”

According to A.N. Wilson, Tolstoy, when he was older, would say Dickens was his favorite writer and David Copperfield his favorite book, but I know also he loved Dombey and Son, which was a huge hit in Russia in 1847. I consider this a travel book but who knows if I will be able to… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 11, 2017: “This abyss was actual life.”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 7, 2017, “a chiel amang them”

The Selected Letters of James Joyce is not really one of my Tolstoy “travel books” but it is a source of that quote I was discussing yesterday in which Joyce praises Tolstoy. The original letter to his daughter, Lucia, was written in Italian but I will give the translation given in the book: “Dear Lucia:… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 7, 2017, “a chiel amang them”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 6, 2017, “a callous Homeric eye”

Today’s “travel book” is The Kreutzer Sonata, which I have read once. I think Tolstoy was channeling Dostoyevsky when he wrote it; it’s a powerful disturbing look at jealousy and misogyny. I did read some Tolstoy this weekend, got up to page 73, Chapter XVIII of “Part Eleventh.” All about Pierre since the Battle of… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 6, 2017, “a callous Homeric eye”