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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, April 1, 2017:”all things as they are.”

War and Peace, done! Started today to read Anna Karenina, Volume VII of the Works. I’m not sure why, but the volumes in this series differ on their title pages. At least one of them read, “The Works and Novels of Lyof N. Tolstoi,” but this one reads, “The Novels and Other Works of Lyof… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 1, 2017:”all things as they are.”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 22, 2017: “Great is good; not great is bad.”

Above is Volume II of Leo Tolstoy by Ernest J. Simmons, one of my Tolstoy “travel books.” I have not finished reading Volume I yet, but am trying to show previews of highlights to come, including quotes from the travel books. Last night I read up to page 66 of Volume VI of the Works,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 22, 2017: “Great is good; not great is bad.”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 10, 2017, “My hero is truth”

Yesterday I had to write a book review, the link to which I will soon share. I also did not get much Tolstoy read, but I do have some passages from Wilson’s book on Tolstoy. Here is one: “Dickens, Pushkin and Dostoyevsky have all given us glimpses of this self-destructive madness [gambling]. Tolstoy, interestingly enough,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 10, 2017, “My hero is truth”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 1, 2017, The Rousseau Connection

Today’s travel book is the Modern Library edition of The Cossacks, translated by Peter Constantine with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick. I include other translations of Tolstoy’s works just for a sense of perspective and breadth though my main focus is on themes and ideas and the power of Tolstoy’s work, not the merits of various… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 1, 2017, The Rousseau Connection