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Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

I am up to page 325 of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter XXXIII of Youth. And up to page 116 of A Sentimental Journey. What struck me in the last few days of reading Youth was that Tolstoy’s writing was improving as he went along but… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 25, 2017: “Begin afresh.”

Made it up to page 225 of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter IX of Youth. I also read up to page 60 of A Sentimental Journey, a book that deeply influenced Tolstoy, though I am trying to figure out how exactly. I did start enjoying it… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 25, 2017: “Begin afresh.”

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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, March 2, 2017, Lermontov, Sterne, Nabokov, and “whited sepulchres, vipers, and hypocrites”!

Well laid plans. I was going to start Volume V yesterday but it was Ash Wednesday, I had a bunch of errands to do and a review book I’m trying to finish, so the upshot is I did not start Volume V. But I still have some untranscribed passages from Wilson so here goes. “A… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 2, 2017, Lermontov, Sterne, Nabokov, and “whited sepulchres, vipers, and hypocrites”!

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Tolstoy Journal, February 20, 2017: Getting You Up Off Your Chair

I have now reached page 90 of Volume IV, or Chapter XVIII of Part IX of War and Peace. The fragile peace is over, war has started again, and Prince Andrei and Nikolai Rostof are back in the saddle. Pierre’s jaded wife returned to him and Natasha fell for Anatol Kuragin thus breaking her engagement… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 20, 2017: Getting You Up Off Your Chair