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Family Happiness (Russian: Семейное счастье [Semeynoye Schast'ye]) is an 1859 novella written by Leo Tolstoy, first published in The Russian Messenger.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Harper Perennial Classic Stories (first published 1859)
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Alessandro
Impressive. This tale has almost one hundred pages and they only exist to pave way to the last few lines where a moral conclusion is reached. Feelings and ideas have their own life-cycle. They don't last forever and people need to learn to deal with it. Human beings constantly need to reinvent their perspectives since they can't help but learn, change and evolve. Let what has come to pass become history for you cannot get it back. It's an elegant concept. The book portrays this in a powerful fas ...more
زهراء الموسوي
رواية لطيفة، واضح أن المرأة الغربية قبل مائة عام من اليوم تتمتع بحقوق لا تحلم بها المرأة العربية.
هذه الرواية تحكي قصة زواج كاتيا وتقلبات علاقتها بزوجها.
Mohammad Mirzaali
پاسخ تولستوی به این مسأله که رابطهی زوجی عاشق، بعد از ازدواج، چه شکلی خواهد شد، و سعادتشان چه رنگی خواهد داشت؟ ...more
Antje
Gefallen hat mir an diesem Buch, dass es modern und leicht verständlich ins Deutsche übersetzt wurde. Der kurzweilige und einfache Erzählstil der siebzehnjährigen Maša gewann prompt mein Interesse für die Handlung. Überdies empfand ich die überschaubare Anzahl an Akteuren wunderbar entspannend. -
Der Verlauf der Liebesbeziehung war allerdings vorhersehbar. Maša begann mich schnell mit ihrem unreifen, gelangweilten, überspannten wie egoistischen Wesen zu nerven, während ich zunehmend das Verhalten
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عبدالكريم الخليفي
رواية واقعية عميقة على المستوى النفسي, تصف حالة من حالات الزواج. نرى فيها التعامل مع الإنسان من حيث هو كائن له مراحل نفسيّة لها متطلباتها, يعامل تولستوي الشخصيات بديالكتيك النفس – إن صح التعبير - نرى في الرجل قبل الزواج متعباً من الحياة منتظراً السكينة والعزلة في الإرتباط. وفي الجانب الآخر, المرأة صغيرة العمر والحياة أمامها ولذلك كان الحبّ يعدها بحياة أمامها من المجهول والإستكشاف. الفارق العمري بين الزوجين أضفى بعداً جديداً للجانب النفسي متأثراً بالتغيرات الحيويّة, والتغيرات التي تحدث مع تقادم ف ...more
Erin
Jan 23, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I felt that I was wholly his, and that I was happy in his power over me." So Masha thinks in the carriage after her wedding. She is, of course, in for a rude awakening. In Tolstoy's semi-autobiographical account of a teen marrying a 30-something and discovering that married life is not all roses and champagne. In fact, it's often petty and controlling, or so it seems. I like Tolstoy, usually, but this book brought me to the fact that Tolstoy raped his teenage wife numerous time in the carriage ...more
Wanda
Dec 20, 2014 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: 19th Century Literature Group at Yahoo
31 AUG 2014 - am reading this one today. At only 100 pages (+/-), I will finish this one and begin Midwinter this evening.

I have found Katia as also named Family Happiness. I found my copy at Project Gutenberg named as Katia. Here is the link:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44266

Cover:

katia cover

When the first blush of loves fades, a compromise must be made or unhappiness reigns.

د. حمدان
Jul 21, 2016 د. حمدان rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
كاتيا – ليو تولستوي

لقد كانت هذه الرواية على قائمتي منذ زمن طويل. وما جعلني أن أعجل في قراءتها هذه الأيام، هو أنني وجدتُ نسخة غريبة من هذه الرواية منسوبة إلى أليكسي نيكولايفيتش تولستوي وقد رسم على غلافها السواتيسكا "شعار النازية" ومن المعروف أن ليو تولستوي قد مات عام 1910 أي قبل أن تقوم الحرب العالمية الأولى حتى ! فكيف بالنازية والحرب العالمية الثانية ؟ وعليه، وقعتُ في حيرة من أمري. فمن هو الكاتب الأصلي لهذه الرواية.. هل هو الكونت ليو تولستوي صاحب الحرب والسلام وأنا كارنينا ؟ أم أليكسي نيكولايفيت
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Amal Gamal
في البداية أشعر بالقلق عند قراءة أعمال مُترجمة.
ف ضياع أسلوب الترجمة يسلب القارئ متعتة وهو يقرأ وربما يضيق ذرعًا بالكلمات الغير متناسقه فيعدل عن مُتابعة القراءة.
أنا قرأته مُترجم وهو أول تجربة لي مع الأدب الروسي.
رشحته لي صديقه ف بدأت أقرأه وماشجعني أكثر أنه صغير فأن لم يُعجبني لن أضيع الكثير من الوقت في انهائه.
أحببت بدايتة وحياة كاتيا وهي طفلة في الريف مع أختها ومربيتها ففي الريف هناك جمال وروعه لا يمكن لأحد ان يشعر به الا من ذاقهُ وقد فعلت.
روعة الوصف هي أكثر ما أبهرتني فكنت أشعر بالصورة تتجسد أ
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Siska Nurohmah
After reading the book, I start thinking.. is reality that ugly and boring?
Well, the world seems so wonderful, colorful, exciting.. and so on.. when you fall in love. You want to spend the rest of your life with someone you love, you consider marriage, you plan everything.. but, after a while, after the hormone stop working, after you become desensitized.. your life turns flat. even flatter than before. And maybe you'll think that it's sickening to have to live with the same person troughout you
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Caroline Gurgel
Delicado e sensível...

Comecei a ler Felicidade Conjugal esperando encontrar tudo, menos felicidade. Fiquei esperando o Tolstói amargo de A Sonata a Kreutzer, e nada. Aquela doçura, aquele ar de romantismo, de amor bonitinho, estava soando estranho e sem propósito. Não conseguia entender qual era a do autor, já que estava tudo tão simples, tão…tão…comum, básico, normal.

O livro conta a história de uma menina do interior que perdera seus pais e passa a ser criada por uma governanta. Ela termina se
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Sawsan
Oct 28, 2014 Sawsan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة الرواية عادية
لكن الرائع هو الوصف, وصف الطبيعة والمشاعر والأحداث
Laura
Dec 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
Opening lines:
WE were in mourning for our mother, who had died the preceding autumn, and we had spent all the winter alone in the country—Macha, Sonia and I.
Macha was an old family friend, who had been our governess and had brought us all up, and my memories of her, like my love for her, went as far back as my memories of myself.
Sonia was my younger sister.


Quotations:
There was no error in the remark which he so often made, that, in life, there was but one certain happiness: to live for others.

"A
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Hend Aboul Gada
رواية حلوة بس النهايةصادمة جدا
انا مش ببحث عن نهاية سعيدة
بس ببحث عن نهاية حاسمة
يا ابيض يا اسود
لكن النهاية الرمادية دى
لم ترضينى الصراحة
بس الكونت تولستوى كالعادة
بيحاول ينشر ثقافة الحب والجمال
والتضحية والسلام بطريقة لطيفة غبر محسوسة
لدرجة تحسسك بالسلام النفسى
من مقولات الرواية اللى عجبتنى:

لماذا لم يكن يستخدم سلطان حبه معى

يبدو انكن معشر السيدات لابد ان
ترفعن كأس الأستهتار حتى شفاهكن
قبل ان تستطعن تذوق الحياة
وانتن فى ذلك لا تصدقن ابدا
تجربة الأخرين

لقد كان يجب الا آذن لنفسى ان احبك
أو أن أحبك ببساطة أكثر

Giada
May 13, 2016 Giada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un altro capolavoro del grande Lev Tolstoj.
Mi è piaciuto molto il modo in cui ci racconta e ci spiega il rapporto di due persone che diventa amore, tormento e paranoie; per poi finire in matrimonio, logicamente con i suoi alti e bassi, come tutte le famiglie che ci sono state e che ci saranno.
Mi è piaciuto molto, davvero, ma d'altronde ho un particolare debole per la letteratura russa (credo che si sia capito già abbastanza ahah)!
Hayden
Nov 20, 2010 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction, love
Of all novellas I've read, Family Happiness is the most enthralling by far. The crucial insights to the ideal form of love, family, and happiness are wisdoms that hang over the reader as a sweet mist for weeks afterward. Although short in words, the gentle and often sublime descriptive imagery offered by Tolstoy are beyond a website review. He displays such a handle over tone, voice and placement. However, as I said earlier, the most important layer to this novella is its message that love does ...more
Jordan Magnuson
Jan 18, 2016 Jordan Magnuson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reread
Profound and thought-provoking. Is this happiness, or is this resignation?
Dana Maff
May 26, 2016 Dana Maff rated it liked it
This book was only 90 pages, but it took me around 6 days to finish it, because I could not help the urge to keep rereading every single page to understand it and enjoy it fully.
I'm glad that I've finally read something by Tolstoy. I've always wondered what all the fuss is about, and now it's pretty clear to me.
His use of words is elegant but smooth, and that's exactly my type. I have to admit tho, it was quite depressing, Not overrated, but simply realistic. And I guess we all need a slap back
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Alvina
Nov 01, 2011 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, punya
Berawal dari judulnya yang cukup membuat saya penasaran. Terlebih dari sinopsisnya yang menceritakan pernikahan seorang wanita belia dengan seorang pria yang sudah berumur dewasa.

Setelah kematian ayah yang kemudian disusul kematian Ibunya, Marya Alexandrovna, yang biasa dipanggil dengan nama kesayangan ”Masha”, mengalami kemurungan yang sangat. Di usianya yang baru 17 tahun, segala keceriaan dalam dirinya lenyap. Ketika itulah seorang sahabat mendiang Ayah Masha datang berkunjung.

Sergei Mikhaili
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HM
Aug 22, 2013 HM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
این روزها نوشتن و خواندن داستان عشقی دیگر چندان جذاب و تاثیرگذار نیست. در این داستان هم 2/3 اول کتاب فضاسازی و توصیف های استادانه ای دارد اما خواننده را متحیر نمی کند حتی وقتی توصیفی از این دست دارد

"جوابی ندادم و ناخواسته در چشمانش خیره شدم. ناگهان احساس عجیبی در من پدید آمد. ابتدا از آن چه در اطرافم بود هیچ ندیدم. بعد چهره ی او از پیش نظرم ناپدید شد و فقط چشمانش باقی ماند که گفتی درست جلو چشمان من می درخشید. بعد احساس کردم که این چشم ها درون کاسه ی چشمان من اند و جلوشان تار شده است و من از درون
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Charles
Oct 17, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it
Family Happiness explores the moral dilemmas and transitions faced when one falls in love. Much can be taken from this short book and applied to our own experiences as I discovered.

A young girl (Masha) falls in love with a man (Sergey) twice her age and is exposed to all the turbulent feelings associated; infatuation, passion, helplessness. As these feelings are extinguished over time she begins to feel utterly alone in the world, sometimes reminiscing on a misspent youth. The birth of two chil
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Kennedy Ifeh
Dec 22, 2013 Kennedy Ifeh rated it really liked it
Though Tolstoy wrote this book when he was only 31, it tells of the formation of his pessimistic views about love. He speaks thru the mind of the main character, Masha. Masha falls in love with Sergei and their lives reflects all that we can relate with - falling in love and then falling out of love. In the end, the about 100 pages condenses into few sentences that captures Tolstoy's ideas of family happiness; emotions don't last forever. There comes a time when couples will have give up their e ...more
Sara Mehrez
Jan 03, 2014 Sara Mehrez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول تجاربي مع الادب الروسي
تقع كاتيا في غرام سيرج صديق والدالها والذي يكبرها باعوام كثيرة
ويتزوجان في النهاية , ينعمان بقدر كبير من السعادة والصفاء النفسي في الريف
وحينما تشعر كاتيا بالضجر من هذه الحياة الرتيبة , ينتقلان الي المدنية حيث جو الحفلات وسهرات الطبقه الراقيه , تنغمس كاتيا في هذة الحياة دون زوجها , لا تعود العلاقة بين الزوجين كما كانت من قبل , يمكثان فترة طويله كل منهما بعيد عن الاخر
تعود كاتيا وزوجها الي الريف مرة اخري , يتصافيان
وتكتشف كاتيا ان سعادة المرأة تكمن في بيتها وزوجها والمس
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Sareh Ghasemi
ناامیدم کرد:(( ولی سه تا ستاره دادم بخاطر فضاسازی و توصیفات قشنگش!
Jenn
Apr 03, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I liked this a lot more than I expected to... It's a little sad, because it's a story about falling out of love (well, falling IN love first, and then falling out) but there are definitely lessons to be learned.

Also, I found myself being amazed over and over how such a short book could manage to have such wonderful character and relationship development. There is more substantial and realistic relationship development in these 80 pages than in the entire Twilight series.
John
Apr 27, 2016 John rated it really liked it
A novella by Tolstoy. A girl falls in love with a man twice her age. She narrates the story. They marry and they are intensely in love. Then life happens. She finds that she has lost what she had with her husband. She blames him. She blames herself. Can they get it back? If not, can they find a different way to happiness? Tolstoy writes with the best. And his message is profound.
Enes
Mar 26, 2016 Enes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1828 doğumlu Tolstoy'un 1859 tarihli eseri. Bir novella. Önsöz'ünden anlıyoruz, çok eleştirilmiş, kimilerince başyapıt denmiş, kimilerince yerin dibine sokulmuş. Çok sıradan bulunan bir hikayeyi sıradan bir dille yazdığı söylenmiş vs. Henüz Savaş ve Barış yok, Anna Karanina yok, en nihayet Diriliş yok.

Eseri bitirince, bu sarsıcı sıradanlığa saygı duydum. Kroyçer Sonat'ta silkelemişti, mahvetmişti beni Tolstoy. Evlilik bir çukur gibi gözükmüştü gözüme. İronik ama Aile Mutluluğu da bende aynı etki
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Ludmilla
Jan 10, 2015 Ludmilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
aynı adı taşıyan öykü çok hoşuma gitti, diğer öyküleri de okumaya karar verdim. toplu öyküleri içeren bu baskıyı buldum.
içindeki öyküler:

- aile mutluluğu
- iki süvari subayı
- üç ölüm
- polikuşka
- tipi
- efendi ile uşağı
- çilekler
- korney vasilyev
Lexi Byers
Jan 26, 2016 Lexi Byers rated it liked it
I struggled with the rating because the story is beautifully written, with every emotion experienced by Masha described in infinitely nuanced detail. However, I resent that Tolstoy puts forth his own feelings on love and marriage through the voice of an innocent young girl. This is so clearly a selfish admonishment to his own wife that I bristle at almost every passage. I take the title of the story as a bitter and ironic retort, and almost as an oxymoron, as through Tolstoy's eyes, family and h ...more
Emmaline
Sep 05, 2014 Emmaline rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, romance
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“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” 1187 likes
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