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Scousedog



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Hi Evie, nice to see you and all the old faces too.  Wll not all of them, but enough!  I think I may have fell out of love with reading for a while, but getting Sky + didn't help either!

I've got The Don Flows Home to the Sea but not the first one.  Didn't realise it was a sequel when I got it!


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today (20/11/10) is the 100th anniversary of the death of Tolstoy at the railway station of Astapovo.  To commemorate the event I read, almost at random, his short story 'Fedor Kuzmich' (trans. Maude) dated 1905, but unfinished at his death.  It's a curious piece, purporting to be the memoirs of hermit, Fedor Kuzmich who was widely believed to be Alexander I. The latter is believed to have faked his own death, substituting another body in his place, and entering into a religious life.  It's a most intriguing piece, but frustratingly incomplete, a fact I didn't realise until I reached the last page. The hermit writes about his life and the people surrounding him in his childhood.  He also reflects on his unfortunate marriage, and more especially, about how one ought to lead a good life. One suspects that Tolstoy is here using the hermit to reflect on his own life and express his own views about religion and faith at that time.  It's a very interesting piece full of Tolstoy's characteristic love of detail.   One might almost call it Dickensian.


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derfel



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just putting in a vote for 'War and Peace' - good book, lots of romance, culture, history, politics, philosophy; great book, and it will last all summer!



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