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Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (Childhood, Boyhood, Youth #1-3)

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Begun in 1851, when Tolstoy was twenty-three and serving as a cadet in the Russian army, Childhood, the first part of Tolstoy’s first novel, won immediate praise from Turgenev and others, and marked Tolstoy’s emergence as a major writer. Its originality was striking, as Tolstoy sought to communicate with great immediacy the “poetry” of childhood—the intense emotions, confu ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published 1864)
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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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Evandro
May 30, 2015 Evandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Gebanuzo
Feb 11, 2016 Gebanuzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El poder de León Tolstói radica en que se adentra a esa cueva oscura y poco penetrable que es la psique misma del humano. En este texto, que al parecer no es de los favoritos del propio Tolstói -Lo menciona em la parte de "recuerdos" anexos al libro-, es una mezcla entre sus recuerdos de infancia, el querer retratar a amigos de la infancia, y claro, ficción.

Me encanta que en los textos de este autor siempre hay un momento en que simplemente me pierdo, toma mi mente, y no puedo parar de leerlo.
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Inderjit Sanghera
Apr 11, 2013 Inderjit Sanghera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hadrian
Jul 22, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, fiction
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
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Röhan
Dec 31, 2015 Röhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
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
Marius
May 26, 2016 Marius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tolstoi e un scriitor foarte foarte sincer. Și accesibil. De aceea îl și citesc întotdeauna cu plăcere. Îmi amintesc că în adolescență chiar aveam o timiditate față de barba lui și mă temeam să încep să-l citesc. Am pierdut mult din cauza asta.

Expert în caracterizări ca de obicei (chiar și acum, de exemplu, îmi aduc aminte de personaje din Război şi Pace sau Anna Karenina de parcă le-am cunoscut în realitate).

Uneori, când citești această pseudo-autobiografie, uiți că Tolstoi avea vreo 23 de ani
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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
Janet
Jul 31, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Savanna
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
Arno
Dec 12, 2015 Arno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arno by: Maria Apatenko
Արդեն 2-րդ անգամ գրածս review-ն ջնջեցի։
Փորձում էի ինչ-որ ունիվերսալ, կիսաօբյեկտիվ բնութագիր տալ։ Դրա փոխարեն, շատ հակիրճ կփորձեմ ներկայացնել առաջնային տպավորություններս։
Գրքի օգնությամբ տեղափոխվեցի մանկություն, դեպի անհիշելի ժամանակներ։ Փաստորեն մոտս դեռ պահպանվել էին հիշողություններ, որոնց վաղուց համարում էի մոռացված։ Վերհիշեցի վերապրածս զգացումները, մանուկ հասակում հանդիպածս երևույթների ինքնավերլուծումները, հարաբերություններս ընտքանիքիս անդամների և առհասարակ, մարդկանց հետ։
Հասկացա նաև, որ այն բո
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Zainab
May 28, 2015 Zainab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Ashley
Jun 30, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-russians
This is an instance where, I think, translation matters. I checked this book out electronically from my library--the only copy in the entire system--and realized too late that it was a Barnes & Noble production with an anonymous translator. In the preface, in fact, the translator spoke of Tolstoy as being alive, so I imagine this was translated during the author's lifetime! I have a sense that if I'd read the newer translations, I'd have gotten even more out of this. That being said, Tolstoy ...more
Christina
Aug 31, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Riley
Jul 31, 2010 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vatroslav Herceg
Nakladni zavod Matice hrvatske, Zagreb-1977.
Tipično realističarsko štivo, formom i sadržajem.
Simpatična knjigica, ali po ničemu posebna.
Nadam se da moje zilijunsko čitateljstvo neće biti pogođeno kratkoćom ovog kratkosvrta. Zvan sam na večeru, čika Vava mora papiti.
P.S.
Pozdravljam posebice čitateljice i čitatelje mojih kratkosvrta iz zemlje Dembelija!
buse
Dec 08, 2013 buse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nujoud
Jan 07, 2014 Nujoud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Caitlin
Oct 06, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Melinda
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Laura
Dec 20, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Free Literature
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Aleksander Sharemetov
Николенька - так зовут протагониста, от лица которого ведётся повествование, - отрок. В этом переходном возрасте случается много неприятностей. Николенька не выучил урок, балуется на детском балу перед девочками, хамит своему гувернёру французу и даже бьёт его. За эти проказы Жером наказывает Николеньку розгами и запирает в чулане. Но это ещё не все. В добавок к этому он ещё рылся в отцовском портфеле и сломал ключик от портфеля в замочной скважине. Нечего переживать, что сделано, то сделано. И ...more
Rachel
Nov 23, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting read. The 'character' of the young man is so amusing, I kept forgetting this was actually considered autobiographical. Although, part of the interest is that Tolstoy portrays himself as just another self-absorbed kid. It's hard to wrap your mind around the idea that a man who could write War & Peace or Anna Karenina was just another egotistical, know-it-all teenager. Or at least, that's how he looks back on himself.

A good read if you're really into his work.
Thorlakur
Jan 11, 2016 Thorlakur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fallega skrifaðar og að einhverju leyti skáldaðar endurminningar þessa höfuðskálds Rússa. Stíllinn er lipur og ljúfur.
Cat
Feb 27, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love and respect Tolstoy's work, especially this book.. it was like he knew what was I thinking and feeling at the same moment I was reading it. His sense of feeling, his unique way of describing nature around him, his honesty.. and.. you just get sucked into his world and his mindset.

All in all, pure and beautiful book. It meant a lot to me.
Recommendations 4 sho! <3
Ian Major
Jan 15, 2016 Ian Major rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry - this is not the edition I have read, but I could not find the O.U.P The World's Classics edition listed. Mine was translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude, with an introduction by the latter. No date, but this translation was first published in 1930.

The introduction cleared up several points - that it is not Tolstoy's autobiography, for example.

The book itself showed me that a Russian boy of the early 19th Century has the same problems and progresses as a British boy of the middle 20th
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Cristina Darabut
One cannot deny Tolstoy's wonderful writing style even for a book started long before his maturity as a writer. However, despite my passion for biographies, the book is an endless gathering of memories from those 3 periods with no element worth remembering for me as a reader.
Zari
به نظر من آنچه درباره صفا و زیبایی چهره آدمی می گویند به لبخند او بستگی دارد. اگر لبخند چهره ای را زیباتر کند، آن چهره زیباست. و اگر لبخند در چهره ای اثر نگذارد، آن چهره صفا و زیبایی ندارد، اما اگر لبخند صورت کسی را بدریخت و بد آمدنی کند، آن صورت از اصل زشت است...!
Sandra
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.
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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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