Well, I have fallen behind on my reading of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi because–I have been reading Tolstoy. I finished last night reading what I’ve been calling my “psychedelic Tolstoy.” It was a very good, very challenging read. Though I have to catch up on my regular Tolstoy journey now.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 14, 2017: “the Tolstoyan ocean.”
The featured image is of a review copy of Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters edited by Andrew Donskov. I read a review of it in the The Literary Review of Canada (via Prufrock News, I believe) and was able to have a publication sponsor me to get a copy of it. So I… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 5, 2017: Is Russian about to explode?
The featured image is of another book I bought in Houston, The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader edited by George Gibian. I bought this because I love the photograph on the cover (entitled Tolstoy riding, Yasnaya Polyana by Karl Karlovich Bulla) and because I thought it would give me a good overview of the literary context of Tolstoy’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 3, 2017: “War & Peace is in my opinion the best novel”–C. S. Lewis
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.
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.”
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.”
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”