Childhood, Boyhood, And Youthby Leo Tolstoy
Written from 1852 to 1856, this autobiographical novel was Tolstoy's first publication. The early life of Nikolai, the son of wealthy landowner in Russia, is fully explored, slowly revealing this young boy's inner mind, relationships, and social standing. As he describes his tutor, angelic mother, aloof father, worldly brother, and later his moralistic friend, Nikolai displays a mind given to dreaming and a personality as complex as it is conflicted. As he grows and moves from his country home to his grandmother's mansion in Moscow, Nikolai also struggles at intervals to find a sort of moral balance, which affects his love, his education, and the type of man he might become. Tolstoy demonstrates, even in this first literary attempt, his ability to utilize a host of minor characters to fully develop the internal life of his main character. "Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth" shows in its three parts not only the deliberate building of a protagonist but also a universal story about coming of age. This novel has proven itself to be a seminal work for an extraordinary novelist.
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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.
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.
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