The Kreutzer Sonata

The Kreutzer Sonata

by Leo Tolstoy
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The Kreutzer Sonata 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HarlinKeller More than 1 year ago
This is the complete Kreutzer Sonata. A magnificent tale that raises profound questions regarding sex, marriage, and murder. First: let’s set the record straight: You may be alarmed that another review on the BN website is highly critical of this book. However, please note that THIS particular digital book was not available before 2012! That means the negative review above was based on an inferior version from some other publisher. Shame on Barnes and Noble for not clarifying this! Here’s a bit of the story. A man murders his wife because of an insane jealousy that overwhelms him. Men, he comes to think, are so entranced and fooled by female beauty so that they do not understand that love is nothing but illusion: "love as we call it, depends not on moral qualities but on physical nearness, and on the coiffure, and the color of the dress." He feels that women at every level of society have the same "exposure of arms, shoulders, and breasts, the same tight skirts over prominent bustles, the same passion for little stones, for costly, glittering objects, the same amusements, dances, music, and singing as do the common prostitutes that walk the streets. And through their sensuality women subdue their men to such extent that men only imagine they have control in a relationship, while control is truly in the woman's hand. Men may subjugate and humiliate women in despicable ways but women "pay us back for their oppression by financial domination," for they now own most of the nation's wealth. Men always fool themselves. They offer women "all sorts of rights equal to men, but in spite of themselves, continue to (focus on her body and) regard her as an instrument of enjoyment." In the end, these illogical attitudes lead to his downfall. A masterful tale from one of Russia’s master storytellers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this thinking I was actually downloaded Tolstoy's work entitled The Kreutzer Sonata. I was wrong. This is an *essay* Tolstoy wrote in which he discusses some of the themes of The Kreutzer Sonata, but this is NOT the actual work itself! The essay *is* interesting, but not what I expected or paid for. Look elsewhere if you want the actual work itself...