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Lyof (Lev or Leo) Tolstoy (who objects to his name being transliterated Tolstoi) is generally recognised as the noblest figure in modern Russia. He was born on the family estate at Yasnaya Polyana, in the Government of Tula, about 100 miles south of Moscow, on August 28 (new style September 9), 1828. His father, Count N.I. Tolstoy, who retired from the army about the time of his son's birth, had been among the prisoners taken by Napoleon's invading forces in the war of 1812. He died suddenly in 1837. Young Tolstoy after three years at Kazan University decided to abandon his college studies without graduating, so repelled was he by the degraded character of the average student. Retiring to his estate at Yasnaya Polyana in 1847, he sought, though without success, to ameliorate the condition of his serfs. The Imperial decree of emancipation was not promulgated till 1861. In 1851 Count Tolstoy joined the army in the Caucasus, and shortly afterwards he participated in the defence of Sebastopol during the great Crimean War. Since that period his life has been a wonderful career of literary success. On his fine estate, with his large family and his servants about him, he lives the life of a simple peasant, advocating a form of socialism which he considers to constitute a practical interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount. In "Anna Karenina" Tolstoy manifestly aims at furnishing an elaborate delineation of the sociological ethics of high life in Russia. It is a lurid and sombre recital, of the most realistic kind. It is not a story of the masses, for no prominent characters from lower life appear. Little is seen of the ways and doings of the poor. All the real personages of this story are members of the fashionable section of St. Petersburg and Moscow, or are great landed proprietors, or high officials. In these pages appear some of the noblest and some of the most profligate characters, and all are perfectly typical. As in all the writings of Tolstoy, wit and humour are entirely lacking, but the emotionalism is intense, the psychological analysis is masterly, and the fidelity to actual conditions is scrupulous. The tale is a moral one, written with a purpose that is consistently pursued throughout. Sin is displayed without a mask, and its retribution is shown to be inevitable. There is no attempt at varnishing or veneering the surface of a lax moral order. The idea prevails among critics that Tolstoy himself appears in this novel under the character of Levin.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781494459321
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/12/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.06 (d)

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    I wish the reviews for this book would consist to the Barnes and

    I wish the reviews for this book would consist to the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound  Classic I am reviewing for purchase . I am recieving a million e-book reviews. B&N please, please do a better job not lumping all reviews together. We classic buyers want to know if there are problem with the latest editions, translations and font sizes. Thanks.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    The cover of the book was the first thing that caught me - It re

    The cover of the book was the first thing that caught me - It reminded me of my favorite Yule bauble as a child. When I read the overview, I thought it sounded wonderful, so I got it.
    It's a tragic story, about affairs and family, mostly. Anna Arkadyevna Karenina married her 20 year older husband Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin young, but not out of love, and she finds what she thinks is love in the young and handsome Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky; they have an affair, and she gets pregnant. Karenin is of course furious, and takes their young son Sergei "Seryozha" Alexeyich Karenin away from her, but refuses to divorce her, and leaves her miserable.
    Another story in this novel is about Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievich Levin, who wants to marry the young Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya, who is the sister-in-law of Anna's brother (wow, confusing). So we get to see him deal with his own personal issues as well, which I personally found a little distracting, but okay.
    Honestly, I wouldn't really recommend this 800-page novel for everyone. I'm usually used to heavy reading, though this was very difficult to read I felt, and I had difficulty in remembering which characters where who - And there are even sentences in conversations in french and german. Though the chapters are very short, only a few pages, so you can get through it. So I would recommend this to adults, maybe specialty interested young adults. Maybe if you liked the movie, and like big books, you should give it a try.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    HIghly recommend

    The picture doesn't do it justice---it isn't pastel--it is a rich red, gold, and blue! I LOVE it---a perfect addition to my library!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    So lovely

    Everything about this book is lovely. I'm so happy I bought it!

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I have only once had a poor experience ordering with Barnes & Noble as a member. Every other time has been wonderful and this was no exception. I had seen this in store several times and had wanted to get it since it was such a beautiful cover to a classic story and a great classic to have. I decided to treat myself to it for Christmas and am glad I did. It arrived in 2 days, even with the weather delays with shipping and was a wonderful addition to my holiday. Enjoy!

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    awesome

    just for display never intend to unwrap

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Absolutely love! Barnes and Noble has done it again, I love all

    Absolutely love! Barnes and Noble has done it again, I love all of their
    leatherbound classics and this one is no exception. Would recommend to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    The new leatherbound cover is inexcusably bad. Way too busy, ug

    The new leatherbound cover is inexcusably bad. Way too busy, ugly colors, bad design. Was this rushed out because of the upcoming movie?

    What happened to the clean, simple, stylish covers like Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, etc.

    What an upsetting missed opportunity for the leatherbound collection.

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