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Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

I am forty pages behind on my reading today, as usual on Wednesday, but, as usual again, I read some pages of The Gospel in Tolstoy during my holy hour. I read “The Healing of Prince Andrei,” from War and Peace, “The Repentant Sinner,” “A Grain as Big as Big as a Hen’s Egg,” and the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 14, 2017: “It is difficult even to imagine. . . . a writer bearing in his soul such a terrible dream as Count Tolstoy bears in his.”

I am behind on my regular Tolstoy reading, but during my early morning holy hour I did read “Nekhlyudov Seeks Redemption,” from The Gospel of Tolstoy. Which is an excerpt from Resurrection.  Nekhlyudov, an aristocrat, has seduced Maslova, a servant girl, but abandons her to her fate. Later he serves as juror to her trial and then… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 14, 2017: “It is difficult even to imagine. . . . a writer bearing in his soul such a terrible dream as Count Tolstoy bears in his.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

Well, I did not get my reading done yesterday, so now I am behind 50 pages in Volume X and 30 pages behind in Sterne. But I should finish them tonight and onto Volume XI (The Cossacks and Sevastopol sketches) tomorrow! I did, however, read some of The Gospel in Tolstoy last night during my… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

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Tolstoy Journal, May 24, 2017: The Contagion of Newspapers

Last night during my holy hour I read up to page 76 of The Gospel in Tolstoy. And I was surprised to find, reading a selection from Master and Man, that the ending was not as unrealistic as I thought, not as sentimental. I have to withhold final judgement because I did not read the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 24, 2017: The Contagion of Newspapers

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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.”