Poet of Tolstoy Park

Poet of Tolstoy Park

by Sonny Brewer
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Poet of Tolstoy Park 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even know how I obtained this book but it has become my favorite. I read it in one sitting and have recommended it to many people. a couple of book clubs have added it to their list because of my recommendation. It was a moving book for me. Entertaining and tearful. Loved it. It is the only book that I have read a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I went looking for the author's website and sent him a note. I figured doing so might serve a double purpose: 1) let the writer know his work was enjoyed, 2) cast a vote for the values that drive the story -- such as I see them. Here's what I had to say Sonny Brewer: Just wanted to say that 'The Poet of Tolstoy Park' has rendered me incapable of starting another book. I finished on Saturday and have since been unable to let myself be drawn away from Henry Stuart, Tolstoy Park, and Fairhope. 'The Confessions of Max Tivoli' sits on my bedside table, and though I'd been very eager to read it, I now find I haven't the will. I want to savor your book awhile longer. By my reckoning, such as its worth, 'The Poet of Tolstoy Park' is a thing of beauty, grace, and wisdom. And humor, too. In fact, I'm puzzled that the reviews I've read, both editorial and reader reviews, fail to mention the delightful humor. I'm even more puzzled, however, that I haven't read one review that mentions the 'community' theme. That we are all connected, and that in our acknowledgment of our connectedness, and in our service to one another, we can best live a good life and thus best die, seems to me the heart of the story. I suppose we all see in the world around us what we see in our heads, and I've just finished writing a novel in which community is a central theme, so it may be my unique perspective to see it as the heart of your book . . . But surely Henry's conviction that humankind's hope lies not in Christianity, nor any institutionalized religion or social philosophy, Tolstoy's included, but in our Christian treatment of one another, was not an insignificant bit of character detail. I digress. Thank you for the blessedly uplifting read. I've often said that reading Wendell Berry's novels and stories is like eating a bowl of the most delicious, nutrious soup ever cooked up. Early on in your book I decided that reading it was like eating a slice of fresh-and-warm-from-the-oven homemade wholegrain bread, healthy but also heavenly tasty, spread with good butter and drizzled with honey, just here and there so bites alternate between honeyed and honey-free. That notion stayed with me throughout, but it also felt a smidge short of the whole truth. Then I reached your passage about Henry's strawberry beds and I thought, 'That's it! This book is like a slice of wonderful bread (as described above) accompanied by fresh strawberries straight from the garden.' I even imagined eating these berries and bread (reading your book) while sitting on the side of one of Henry's raised beds, basking in the sun. That's what I had to say to Mr. Brewer. To readers I say, 'Buy this book and know that beauty and goodness are alive and well in this sweet old troubled world.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very interesting and introspective
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gs0429 More than 1 year ago
I loved the main character. Sonny Brewer's writing style is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether your struggle is with death and dying, family detachment, personal adventure and renewal - this book has all this and so much more. While its themes will likely resonate primarily with those of us in mid-life, there is wisdom and a wonderful reading experience here for anyone. You owe it to yourself to read this gem of a book.