SELECTED ESSAYS OF LEO TOLSTOY
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Leo Tolstoy: Selected Essays by Leo Tolstoy
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. What a thought-stimulating collection of essays!
The introduction by Ernest J. Simmons was excellent at describing the scene in which Tolstoy lived during his final years as a celebrated author. I know from that introduction and from some collateral rese What a thought-stimulating collection of essays!
There's more to Tolstoy than War and Peace
I know from that introduction and from some collateral research that Tolstoy was felt by many to have lost his mind, and in reading some of his later essays, I, too, started to wonder about the practicality of his suggestions. There were also a few pages on which I moved my eyes over the words without paying much attention, as he sometimes went on far longer than was necessary to make a point, and so I would estimate that about a third of this book was very boring.
In general I was pleasantly surprised by his treatment of religion. I feared that I would be as turned off by this book as I had been by C. Even as an atheist I can appreciate their shared concepts of a universal yearning by humans to apply their power of reasoning in an unending search for their purpose of existence.
And while he admits a legitimate search for religious understanding by some individuals in all organized persuasions, he feels that the true Christian religion is the superior one in that it most clearly encourages individuals to continually seek self-perfection, and that that process involves the love of all brother humans and the belief that they are equal. His disdain for societal structures that elevate some at the expense of others comes from his belief that they force individuals to violate those precepts.
The final essays in this book shared his dismay that as the privileged in Russia got more brutal in their repression, he feared that the reactions by the downtrodden would be just as evil, as he was already dismayed by how violent rebellion was looking imminent. Andy rated it did not like it Jul 08, Rina rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Krish rated it it was amazing May 23, Stephen added it Mar 26, Daniel Jameson marked it as to-read May 29, Aniket marked it as to-read Jun 03, Ryuji Yasukagawa marked it as to-read Oct 04, Vaishnavi Mahurkar marked it as to-read Nov 10, Phil marked it as to-read Dec 08, E marked it as to-read Oct 06,