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Love and Hatred: The Troubled Marriage of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy

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A touching, brilliant, and groundbreaking biography of one of literary history's most famous couples, at once a dual biography, a history, and the portrait of a long and stormy marriage, William L. Shirer's new book - written in his ninth decade - explores the passionate, highly charged, and extraordinary lives of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy. It is a compelling illumination both ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 1994)
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brian
May 30, 2008 brian rated it liked it
what I learned from this book:

under no circumstances should I hand over my diary to my fiance the day before the wedding.

particularly not if it contains the following:

- i am an addicted gambler.
- i frequently go ‘wenching’. (19th century version of ‘whoring’)
- i had an affair with axinya. you know… the peasant girl who still cleans the house and works the fields.
- oh, and about timofey. you know… axinya’s son? well, he’s also my son.

american idol (no matter what donald says) and britney spea
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Sonya
Jun 10, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خلاصه از سرگذشت لئو و همسرش سونیا تالستوی:
لئو تالستوی در سن سی و چهار سالگی با سونیای 18 ساله ازدواج کرد . در خاطرات سونیا آمده است که چند روز قبل از ازدواجشان لئو خاطرات دوران جوانی و عیاشی ها یش را در اختیار همسر آینده اش قرار داد و حتی از وجود فرزند پسری که از زنی روستایی داشت او را باخبر ساخت. گرچه در سرگذشت لئو دیگر اشاره ای به این کودک نشده است. به طور کلی آثار و زندگی تولستوی به دو بخش تقسیم می شود تا پنجاه سالگی و قبل پیوستن به آیین نوین و بعد این دوران.
تالستوی دو اثر بزرگ "جنگ و صلح " و
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Sonya
Jun 14, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it
خلاصه از سرگذشت لئو و همسرش سونیا تالستوی:
لئو تالستوی در سن سی و چهار سالگی با سونیای 18 ساله ازدواج کرد . در خاطرات سونیا آمده است که چند روز قبل از ازدواجشان لئو خاطرات دوران جوانی و عیاشی ها یش را در اختیار همسر آینده اش قرار داد و حتی از وجود فرزند پسری که از زنی روستایی داشت او را باخبر ساخت. گرچه در سرگذشت لئو دیگر اشاره ای به این کودک نشده است. به طور کلی آثار و زندگی تولستوی به دو بخش تقسیم می شود تا پنجاه سالگی و قبل پیوستن به آیین نوین و بعد این دوران.
تالستوی دو اثر بزرگ "جنگ و صلح " و
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 23, 2009 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! I wasn't surprised by the struggle Leo Tolstoy had within himself in regards to his spritiuality and the conflict of the life he wanted to live as opposed to his reality. As is a theme that runs through the lives of many gifted writers (artists, inventors, etc) is they spend a lot of their time in conflict with their art, beliefs and the world because they long to change it. Many artists have that GOD theme, where they long to change the world and everyone around them. Often h ...more
Mmars
Apr 12, 2012 Mmars rated it liked it
Parts of this was very interesting, but much of the last third is redundant. This could easily have been shortened up.

The first third of the book establishes the underlying problems in their marriage. Although Sonya is strongly willed and emotional, the irrationality here lies with Tolstoy. Ladies, if you haven't thrown a book across the room lately, here's your chance. Tolstoy is one clueless dude. As Shirer himself says, "even for the times" he's got some scary unrealistic attitudes toward hi
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Stephen
Nov 23, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this one five stars, it's a disturbing story told well, but I deducted a star because I so loathed the behavior of the book's protagonist, Leo Tolstoy, world's greatest novelist, yada yada.

"Love and Hatred" details his relationship with his wife Sonya. First his wife, lover, helpmate, business manager, soul mate and then the bane of his existence. He changed. It drove her crazy.

The book's subtitle is "The troubled marriage.." My copy's book jacket says "The stormy marriage..."
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مسعود حسینی
به سختی کتاب را تمام کردم. درواقع در دو نوبت با فاصله ای 1 ماهه.
کتاب بر خاطرات روزانه و نامه های لئو و همسرش سونیا تالستوی مبتنی است و مرتب نقل قول هایی مستقیم آورده شده که بر کیفیت مستندگونه کتاب می افزاید. اما چون نویسنده خواسته ریز مسائل و رویدادهای اواخر زندگی تالستوی و همسرش را روایت کن، خواننده چنان غرق جزئیات می شود که گاه واقعا آزاردهنده می شود.
اما زوایایی از افکار تالستوی فاش می شود که برای ما جالب است. اینکه چنین نویسنده بزرگی با چه مسائل سطح پایینی مواجه بوده است و گهگاه در چه تزویر
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Betsy Brainerd
Oct 29, 2010 Betsy Brainerd rated it really liked it
So first I watched "The Last Station" and thought it was great. Then I got this book and even though I know how it ends for Leo and Sonya in Russia in the early 1900s, it has been fascinating to get the background to the movie and a time period about which I know too little. Leo and Sonya were married for 48 years and both kept extensive diaries. Seems it would have been relatively easy for Shirer to read the diaries and put this book together. He does a good job with it. First-hand historical i ...more
Audrey
Wow. What a miserable marriage the Tolstoys had. Leo was a difficult person, not to mention a huge misogynist. He knew he was a genius, everyone knew he was a genius, and everyone treated him like a genius - worshiping, admiring, even manipulating him. Sonya was a woman of great intelligence but also passion and extreme jealousy. Sonya Tolstoy also was completely unhinged by the end of Leo's life. Not a day went by without melodrama, histrionics, suicide attempts. This was all outlined in both S ...more
Ichiban
Aug 28, 2012 Ichiban rated it really liked it
Depression, paranoia, despreration. These are some of the common features that's being portrayed in this very disturbing marital relationship between Leo & Sophia. How could a marriage went so wrong & yet so long?
Morganelle
Aug 20, 2009 Morganelle rated it did not like it
This book seemed to fall into the trap of the Tolstoys' marriage: it follows a cyclically dysfunctional relationship in a cyclical way. Chapter after chapter brings new iterations of the same dysfunctional behavior, without much analysis from the author.
Richard Nicholson
Aug 24, 2009 Richard Nicholson rated it it was ok
Unless you plan to study Tolstoy in great depth I'm fairly certain you can skip this diatribe.

You may though have an voyeuristic inclination to private diaries, in that case feel free to trudge through the nearly 400 pages
Hannah
Dec 06, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok
Enlightening, yet depressing, wasn't enjoyable to read. I just had to read it for a paper.
annemm
Apr 10, 2010 annemm rated it really liked it
Tolstoy inspired Gandhi, but he was a massive hypocrite and narcissist.
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William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War II.

Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary (published in 1941), but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon
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