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We are blessed as readers to have, alongside the mature writer of Anna Karenina and War and Peace,and the revolutionarymystic of the later years, the young Tolstoy who wrote these elegiac tales, the first of which was published in 1852, when he was only twenty-three. In their sensitivity to nature and their evocations of fugitive emotions, they reveal his genius in all its ...more
Hardcover, 13, 336 pages
Published October 15th 1991 by Everyman's Library (first published 1857)
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Zahraa I read Michael Scammell's translation (published by McGraw-Hill then) and I liked it very much
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Achei esse livro excepcional. Ainda está muito fresco em minha mente, o que me impede um pouco de dizer o que senti exatamente, ao lê-lo. Já se sente aqui aquele tom de arrependimento, de busca da redenção por uma vida desperdiçada, que se vê em "A morte de Ivan Ilitch". Mas é, acima de tudo, um livro bem escrito, cheio de lugares belamente descritos e de estados interiores profundamente explorados e meditados. E a tradução é fenomenal!
Inderjit Sanghera
Childhood, Boyhood and Youth was Tolstoi's first novel, it is the novel, along with Turgenev's 'Sketches' which, at least in it's first part 'Childhood', best celebrates Russian country life and the peasantry. Some of the descriptions of nature would not look out of place from Turgenev's best works, a lot of the character portraits, sympathetic descriptions of lost, pathetic people, obviously influenced Chekhov. It is also nice to see elements of Leo's oft contradictory personality begin to emer ...more
A tender, sensitive book, and partly autobiographical - but only partly.

Tolstoy had a difficult childhood, and at this time in his life, after seeing the Crimean War, and having been through so much - a difficult childhood, with both parents dying young, we see both the intense frustration he has with the world, but also his sensitivity and goodness - his ability to understand people, which so colors the rest of his work. It is partly his own life shown here, but also the childhood he wished he
In youth, the powers of the mind are directed wholly to the future, and that future assumes such various, vivid, and alluring forms under the influence of hope; hope based, not upon the experience of the past, but upon an assumed possibility of happiness to come, that dreams of expected felicity constitute in themselves the true happiness of that period of our life. Only God Himself knows whether those blessed dreams of youth were ridiculous, or whose the fault was that they never became realize ...more
Tyler Jones
Stunningly good. Tolstoy was so successful at making this fictional childhood seem real that to this day many readers still regard it more as a work of non-fiction. It is so vivid! Tolstoy puts you there - you can smell the fresh mown grasses at the roadside and hear the first fat drops of rain fall on the roof of the carriage. As impressive as Tolstoy's descriptions of the physical world are, I was even more impressed by his dead-on descriptions of the state of mind all of us pass through as we ...more
A brand-new, from-scratch translation by Judson Rosengrant of Tolstoy's remarkable trilogy, for Penguin Classics. I heard a chapter of this new translation--chapter 7 of Childhood, the Hunt-- when I was in Russia, in a cabin on the grounds of a monastery in Suzdal, read aloud by the translator. A translation is a very special gift to the world, the gift of tasteful self-effacement, the demand that a work must be truthful on all levels, as close as is humanly possible--to give the reader both the ...more
Tolstoy’s first published work, Childhood, is a touching story that reveals as much about the author’s childhood experience as it does about maturation in general. Although the story is not a biography, Tolstoy draws on his own past with the belief that “what he learned from self-observation could be applied to humankind in general.” (Orwin, 54) Indeed, the narrator’s account is so similar to the author’s own life that “his sister, not knowing the author’s identity when she first read it, was c ...more
The second and third parts of this book are classic Tolstoy and have his usual interesting and sometimes humorous philosophical meditations:

"My fondness for abstract reasoning developed consciousness in me so unnaturally that often when I began thinking about the simplest things, I fell into the vicious circle of analysis of my thoughts, and I no longer thought about the original question that had occupied me, but thought about what I was thinking about. I asked myself: 'What am I thinking about
"Şimdi bütün bunları hatırladığımda, yalnızca o bir anlık kendini unutma duygusunun gerçek keder olduğunu düşünüyorum. Cenazeden önce ve sonra durmadan ağladım; çok mutsuzdum, ama o üzüntüyü hatırlamak vicdanımı rahatsız ediyordu; çünkü bunun içinde bir tür bencillik vardı. Bazen herkesten daha fazla acı çektiğimi göstermek istiyordum, bazen başkaları üzerinde oluşturduğum izlenimleri düşünerek kaygılanıyordum, bazen de amaçsız bir merakla Mimi'nin başlığını ya da etrafımdaki yüzleri inceliyordu ...more
Childhood, Boyhood, youth the name of the book that takes about the life of Leo Tolstoy. It is actually takes about a boy in his childhood, boyhood and youth.
The story of the book is a narrative of the life of this writer that revolves in Russia. His book had defined his life and it had a lot of emotions and experiences that waged in his life. The book contains several chapters which represent the title of the book.

I did not like the book because it was free of suspense. I have enjoyed the first
Alex Gubarev
«Детство, Отрочество, Юность» – Повесть Льва Николаевича Толстого, благодаря которой тогда еще начинающий молодой писатель стал широко известен среди современников. Произведение не является автобиографическим, и является по своей сути воспоминаниями о детстве, о первых переживаниях, чувствах, о взрослении. Уже в этом произведении заметно отрицательное отношении Льва Николаевича ко всему светскому, а также его склонность к самокритике и самосовершенствованию. Для меня, как человека несильно начит ...more
Pranjal Sahu
The novel series which got Leo Tolstoy famous.

The series starts of really well with author sharing his amusing childhood experiences for instance his first Love, childhood friends and teachers but gradually it gets boring. There is nothing so notable in this novel, and I guess it is just a collection of quotidian events. Reader will be able to relate to several events from their life experiences, for example death of an elderly member in the family, graduation ceremony, exam fears, puberty chang
"Childhood" is particularly well written. "Boyhood" and "Youth" are good too. They are semi-autobiographical novels that Tolstoy wrote when he was in his early to mid twenties. He is very perceptive about himself and others and while there is not a lot of action, just reading about the day to day developments is really moving. Makes you long for a simpler time. Tolstoy started writing, while in the Crimea. Witnessing war as a young man moved him to write about this peaceful time in his life, and ...more
Tolstoy writes this semi-autobiographical novel of his childhood thru his young adult life. It is no secret Tolstoy's life was difficult, thus this story depicts both his actual childhood and what he hoped his childhood entailed. We read the struggle Tolstoy grapples with in becoming the man he yearns to be. Tolstoy also gives us a glimpse into the writer he developes into with this very intimate novel. Tolstoy's writing makes the reader reminiscent of their own childhood to adulthood. You feel ...more
Zainab Ramahi
Childhood and Boyhood get 5 stars! Youth was disappointing because the main character became affected and it was altogether too similar to the uncomfortable realities of youth. So that's not a good reason to give this book fewer stars...
Dec 20, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Удивительный, крайне интимный роман. В нем нет тех навязчивых комментариев автора, которые встречаются обыкновенно в романах. Это по-настоящему дневник мальчика. Хотя даже дневнику мы не доверяемся настолько искренне, поскольку сознаться себе в своих пороках мы можем лишь глубоко в душе.
И пусть я девочка, я всё равно нашла много общего с Nicolas. И меня это настолько поразило. Ведь до ровно до этой книги, я считала, что лишь у меня встречаются те или иные мысли, только я имею подобную философ
Malo je duže trajalo zbog obaveza i poteškoća pri čitanju, pogotovo noćnom. Nakraju smo ustanovili da su mi potrebne naočale +1,50 dioptrija. Tako da sam sada pravi knjiški moljac i knjigu konačno završila s oduševljenjem i lakoćom. Savršenstvo.
Rose Gowen
Cut one star for not being Anna Karenina or War & Peace. Pretty good for not being Anna Karenina or War & Peace. The man was so perceptive about inner and outer life-- it almost does not seem possible.

Résumé :

Nicolas mène une vie heureuse dans la grande propriété familiale. Mais son père lui annonce qu'il va l'emmener à Moscou avec son frère Volodia : ils y trouveront les meilleurs professeurs pour préparer leur rentrée à l'Université. Quand Nicolas reverra-t-il sa mère ? Comment grandira-t-il loin d'elle, chez sa grand-mère, une vieille dame sensible mais tyrannique ? Une fresque " intime " de la Russie des années 1850 par l'un des plus grands auteurs slave
This took me a loooong time to finish. There isn't much plot here, mostly a series of impressions and descriptions. I picked it up because I love much of what Tolstoy wrote, and I wanted to read something else of his. I would say, if you are not already an ardent fan of Tolstoy, you'd be better off choosing something else of his instead: Master & Man, or The Death of Ivan Ilych, or of course Anna Karenina.

According to the Introduction, it's a mixture of autobiographical detail and a pastich
As the first thing that Tolstoy wrote, I saw glimpses of the brilliant, but lots of rough edges too. There were some incredible passages in the book. I think the description of the thunderstorm on the way to Moscow was my favorite. But there were sections that were dull, especially in the Youth section. I have not read any Tolstoy that relies on a driving plot, but Youth seems to meander all over the place and flop around like a fish until it dies. I liked the first two sections of the book much ...more
Obadah Alfaham
This was an interesting read. I picked this book up because I was interested in Tolstoy. Not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be somewhat of an autobiography, told as a story of a boy growing up, I guess. At least that's how I understood it. It had a Russian background with people learning French and speaking it, which is also the language I think it was translated from. I was confused by not really understanding the background of this book well. I pushed through in the beginning and rea ...more
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I really liked this book. It was like reading someones diary. I would like to write something like this too, about my own life (although, I think it would be much more boring to read).

It was also very interesting to read about life in Russia at 1800. Although, there's a lot of things I don't understand. The social circles seems very confusing to me and there seems to be a lot of rules how to behave. You had to be perfect in anything, if you were a boy, that is. Nikolai didn't seem to much care a
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Nels Mattson
Like Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, this novel was written early on in Tolstoy's career. Both novels are fictional yet clearly based on the author's youth. Where Joyce focuses on his literary origins, Tolstoy attempts to outline the different stages of youth as a whole. The result is a beautifully warm biography of one of the gentlest men to have ever walked this Earth.

It's fascinating reading a novel written by a brilliant author when he was 25 just after I myself turned 25. C
Leer a Tolstoy siempre me deja algo más para reflexionar sobre la vida, sobre como los seres humanos somos tan complejos, vulnerables, y como nuestro intento de integrarnos siempre nos hace un poco falsos. En este libro cuenta el proceso desde la infancia, toda la influencia de la madre en un niño, su muerte, el padre, las hermanas, para de ahí ir conociendo la sociedad, el colegio, los amigos que va haciendo y sus primeros encuentros con el amor (platónico).
Lo que me encanta es su sinceridad p
Mark McKenny
Not my favourite Tolstoy, but let's not forget that he started Childhood when he was just 23. Now I'm 26, and there's no way I could ever have written something like this. But, as Tolstoy went on to dislike these writings, I feel I can too. At points, there just isn't a lot there. It doesn't captivate you like much of his later work went on to do. I read in the introduction that he'd been reading a lot of Dickens around the time he wrote this. I think that's why I'm not too keen. I find Dickens ...more
Ronald Wise
A collection of three autobiographical novels covering three stages of a Russian boy's early life — Tolstoy originally intended to complete his first "great novel" with a fourth part, but became disillusioned with the earlier sections. The childhood section was reportedly a mixture his personal experiences and those of close friends, while the latter sections became purely fictional. The boy's perceptions and understanding of them are strikingly appropriate to the age of the character throughout ...more
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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