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Tolstoy Journal, May 9, 2017: “a passion for goodness.”

Well, what a night to write a blog. I have not written in here for three days but I have kept up with the reading. I am on page 205 of Volume IX of the Works of Tolstoy or in Chapter XXXI of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina, will read up to page 225 tonight.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 9, 2017: “a passion for goodness.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 5, 2017: “Christianity without Christ.”

Okay, this morning I read pp. 98-123 of Volume IX of the Works, and pp. 84-91 of Emile by Rousseau. I am up to Chapter XV of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina. These pages, the Tolstoy ones, describe a hunting trip, and another bout of jealousy on Levin’s part. What struck me in these pages… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 5, 2017: “Christianity without Christ.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 4, 2017: “the desecration of our state.”

I am up to page 98 of Volume IX of the Works or Chapter X of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina. I also read from page 64 to 83 of Emile, one of Tolstoy’s favorite books. I’ve decided to try to read 20 pages a day (when possible) from one of my “travel books” to… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 4, 2017: “the desecration of our state.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 3, 2017: “He was only a child; but he knew his own soul.”

Well, I have transferred all the texts of this blog into a word document and the word count is 58,731. Not bad. I have now read up to page 75 of Volume IX of the Works or Chapter V of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina. What stood out to me was the section on Anna’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 3, 2017: “He was only a child; but he knew his own soul.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 2, 2017: “One has to be so terribly religious to be an artist.”

As I wrote yesterday, I finished reading Tolstoy Or Dostoevsky and enjoyed it very much. Today’s blog will, I think, be devoted to it. I did read my pages of AK last night so am up to page 24 of Volume IX of the Works or Chapter XXVII of Part Fifth of Anna Karenina: these… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 2, 2017: “One has to be so terribly religious to be an artist.”

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Tolstoy Journal: May 1, 2017: “The mere thought of these details made a cold chill run down his back.”

The above is the frontispiece of Volume IX of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi; it is called, “The Scene in the Freight-House,” and is by E. Boyd Smith. So, I finished read Volume VIII last night, right on schedule! This month the two volumes I have to read are a bit… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: May 1, 2017: “The mere thought of these details made a cold chill run down his back.”

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Tolstoy Journal, April 24, 2017: “Impressions do not make good writers.”

Back in the saddle after a mini-vacation. I did not get any travel books on Tolstoy and fell behind on my reading, but have caught up this morning so that I am on page 170 of Volume VIII of the Works or up to Chapter V of Part Fourth of Anna Karenina. The above photo,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 24, 2017: “Impressions do not make good writers.”