Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth [With Smart ATOC]

Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth [With Smart ATOC]

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by Leo Tolstoy

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Childhood (Russian: Детство, Detstvo, 1852), Boyhood (Russian: Отрочество, Otrochestvo, 1854), and Youth (Russian: Юность [Yunost'], 1856) are novels Leo Tolstoy's quasi-autobiographical trilogy first


Childhood (Russian: Детство, Detstvo, 1852), Boyhood (Russian: Отрочество, Otrochestvo, 1854), and Youth (Russian: Юность [Yunost'], 1856) are novels Leo Tolstoy's quasi-autobiographical trilogy first published in the Russian literary journal "Sovremennik".

"Will the freshness, lightheartedness, the need for love, and strength of faith which you have in childhood ever return? What better time than when the two best virtues -- innocent joy and the boundless desire for love -- were the only motives in life?"

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Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:
Astapovo, Russia
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Collaborated from his own life experiences written in a daily journal he started at age 17, Tolstoy approached the writing of his first novel when he was only 22 years old. He states that most of the book relates to his own life, his struggles as a boy who never had much of a normal childhood after the early death of his mother and seperation from her at an early age, and we do see the young writer and his cultivating genius that would start the creation of War and Peace. If one is to read this novel only for a compelling allegory, they may be disappointed. But if one is to read this story to understand Leo Tolstoi's early life and how he became the novelist we know him today, I would highly recommend reading this book. We see the Tolstoi, early in the process of his maturity as a writer. We see his mastery at detail and the dedication he puts in his round characters. We see a master in the making.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Tolstoy's novels, and it is OK compared to his great works. The story is kind of dull, but the writing is great. Read it to know how he began, or to read all he has written, but not for a compelling story that touches your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No sh<3>it sherlok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks to the back of the class and sits down*