Yesterday I was in bed with either a very bad cold or a mild flu; either way I was able to finish Volume II and start Volume III. I had to start using a letter opener to cut pages that have never been read. Doing so is an aesthetic delight, at least for me, and… Continue reading February 3, 2017
Well, I have fallen off the wagon badly but still heading out west. I have read the first two chapters of Volume II, up to page 22. I have this problem where if I set a certain goal too tightly or rigidly then I rebel against it. So if I say, Freeman, you are going… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, January 25, 2017
Back in the saddle on the Tolstoy front. In Florida I read no Tolstoy–instead I read Reality Hunger by David Shields and The Cretan Runner by George Psychoundakis–and then when I got back I didn’t feel like reading Tolstoy because it seemed hardly anyone was reading it (this blog) and only one lady from Finland liked it… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, January 20, 2017
Once again I forgot to read Tolstoy but this morning I have read 40 pages. On January 15th I will finish this volume and begin Volume II. I will be in Florida from January 12th to 16th so I might not be blogging during that time but I will scribble these notes and type them… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, January 9, 2017
Yesterday I forgot to read my twenty pages of Tolstoy so this morning I read forty, or almost, up to page 138. And though this is the third time I have read this volume, Tolstoy still amazes me, his sureness and deftness and profundity. In these pages, Pierre’s father dies, Anna Mikhailovna secures a letter… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, January 7, 2017
Read up to page 100. Descriptions of the banquet at the Rostov’s, how the women talk differently than the men and both tease each other across the table. How Pierre is still like a bear in society (for he does come). How the count dances delightfully and everyone has had plenty to drink and is… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, January 6, 2017
Now where was I? Here is my reading list since the last one. Going for a hundred titles, but not going to worry about either. 73. Of Arms and Artists, Paul Staiti, for review 74. The Daily Henry James, edited by Evelyn Gaurnaut Smalley, for review 75. Looking for The Stranger, Alick Kaplan, for review 76. The Feud, Alex Beam,… Continue reading Reading, cont.