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did not like it
Why should I continue reading a book that is making me miserable?
I have completed 1/4 of this very long book. I have had enough. What follows explains why I dislike it.
The language used is sophisticated rather than clear. At times one is even unsure who exactly the author is speaking of!
The author sees Tolstoy as the greatest writer of all time. He doesn’t approach the man or his writing with balance.
Sweeping, judgmental statements are made that can surely be questioned!
Much is devoted to an e
This is almost two books in one. Wilson begins the book with glittering literary praise, flushed with admiration for Tolstoy’s novels and driven by an obsessive fan’s knack for relating the fiction to Tolstoy’s life and Tolstoy’s Russia. Wilson is obviously well-acquainted with these substantial works, and his easy expertise is impressive, if rather showy.
When the narrative reaches Tolstoy’s revolutionary period, there is a jarring shift in tone: the breathy te deums are replaced with a sneering
This tension between Wilson’s unabashed admiration for Tolstoy’s novels and his barely-contained contempt for his political views disrupts the flow of the narrative, which, when detailing the objective facts rather than Wilson’s opinion, is nicely intimate and well-crafted. If Wilson had stayed in the background as an historian, rather than playing judge and jury, his book would have been infinitely more valuable.
it was amazing
The only Tolstoy I’ve read is what has been excerpted in this book … so I am at a huge disadvantage to the author, A.N. Wilson. However, I suspect he is probably one of only a handful of people who have read The Complete Works of L.N. Tolstoy. I suspect David Foster Wallace might be one of those handful, who has bragged, Wallace, that he’s read everything you have. I say this because I see things—things that make me think Wallace got some ideas, not only philosophical ideas, but ideas for charac