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Anna Karenina: Levin's Transformation

I am staying at the Hotel BildungsZentrum in Basel, Switzerland. It is thirty-four degrees centigrade. I’m sustaining myself with delicious fresh fruit and cold green tea. 981 more words


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… 1,101 more words

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Tolstoy Journal, June 20, 2017: "his handsome eyes, from which the lashes were gone, still gleamed with fire."

The illustration above is from the frontispiece of Volume XII of The Novel and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is called “The Invaders” and is by T. 1,049 more words

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My Favourite Character from Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina took up about six weeks of my life and left me with a huge book hangover. Months later, I still find myself thinking about the novel, but it’s been difficult to put my thoughts into a coherent review. 409 more words


Classics I want to read this summer

This will be the first in a series of posts where I decide what books to read in the two and a half months holiday I have this summer. 880 more words

Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: "The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us."

The featured image is of the “travel book” I bought because Tolstoy called Rousseau, his master. I have finished Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. 1,003 more words

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"Why Do Men [and Women] Stupefy Themselves?" Substance Abuse and Addiction

Life is sweet; life is hard. How we handle the hard times is essential to our growth.
Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, cultural critic, and poet, whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history, realized that difficulties of every sort were to be welcomed by those seeking fulfillment. 3,068 more words