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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, March 13, 2017: The Puritan and Epicurean

The above “travel book” is a Penguin edition of Tolstoy’s first novel translated by Rosemary Edmonds. I am including other translations of Tolstoy in my travel books just for another way of seeing; I hope to read them, as well, but priority goes to the other travel books about Tolstoy. I have read up to… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 13, 2017: The Puritan and Epicurean

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Tolstoy Journal, February 21, 2017, The Loss of a Tooth

I did not read any Tolstoy yesterday but have read enough to have a surplus (I hope) of thoughts and memories of the territory I’ve covered in the last few weeks. Yesterday I included a photograph of the “travel books” I have on a shelf to help guide me on my journey through the works… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 21, 2017, The Loss of a Tooth