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Tolstoy Journal, March 29, 2017: “This terrible dilemma is never finally resolved.”

I’ve read up to page 243 of Volume VI of the Works, or Chapter III of Part Second of the Epilogue of War and Peace. This section had a chapter on the dialogue between Pierre and Natasha, about how they communicate with words and intuition on different topics all at the same time; an outsider… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 29, 2017: “This terrible dilemma is never finally resolved.”

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Tolstoy Journal: March 27, 2017: The Object of Marriage and the Meaning of History

Above is a photo of my Modern Library (not hardcover but some sort of soft-cardboard stuff) copy of Anna Karenina, which I have read once. And will read again but from my Works of Lyof Tolstoi, translated by Nathan Haskell Dole. I still prefer the Constance Garnett translations above all the others I have read.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: March 27, 2017: The Object of Marriage and the Meaning of History

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Tolstoy Journal, March 3, 2017, “The conviction that things must be as they are”

I remembered to read some Tolstoy last night and am up to page 30, that is, Chapter III of “Part Eleventh.” I’m not sure if I’ve noted this before but one of Tolstoy’s masterstrokes is that the chapters in War and Peace are fairly short. In this volume there are thirty-four chapters in Part Eleven… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 3, 2017, “The conviction that things must be as they are”

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Tolstoy Journal, February 16, 2017: The Green Stick

Although I took a little detour with Henry James, I have been reading Tolstoy, finished Volume III last night, and have started Volume IV, so I’m on schedule. And very very glad, the more I read Tolstoy, that I am reading Tolstoy this year. I have also been reading one of my “travel books,” the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 16, 2017: The Green Stick