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Kurt Walters
Oct 28, 2008 Kurt Walters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the meaning of forgiveness.
Recommended to Kurt by: friend
This is simply one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. Forgiveness is something undervalued nowadays.
Sanjay Gautam
I think the writer of 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption', Stephen King, must have been inspired by this story.
Kennedy Ifeh
This is an amazing story about a merchant that is imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit. After 26 yrs in jail, he comes across the killer in the same prison. He comes in the situation to repay the killer for his crime and earn his freedom, but he refused. Eventually he dies before freedom could come his way.

After more than a century of Tolstoy's death, the message is still relevant in our days. I can relate this story to the life of Nelson Mandela. However, I cannot relate with the fact
I read an edited edition of this story (so I don't know if there was any bad language or anything), but it was a moving story about injustice, forgiveness, and victory. I definitely recommend it!!
"It seems that only God can know the truth, it is to Him alone we must appeal, and from Him alone expect mercy."
Read this in my very early teens and it made me cry...a decade later it still does. a beautiful but sad tale.
Johanna Gail Tongco
Ever doubted on God? The book lives with its title, God truly sees the truth but waits. At times we may think that God is unfair because we are able to experience injustices in our lives, but as you read the book, you would get to learn the value of waiting.
Waiting for something may really be very hard. We wantonly striving for those certain goals in our lives, but while waiting, we tend to be more faithful to God. On the process of waiting as well, we got to change for the better. But it all de
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Oddly enough, there are a lot of parallels between this and Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", but with one focusing on grace, and the other on hope. They both feature a man framed for murdering someone at an inn. The man petitions for his freedom, but eventually resigns himself to his fate in prison. He becomes a go-between for the prisoners and the guards. Then a new prisoner arrives, one who might be able to free the man. An escape plot is hatched involving digging a ...more
"God Sees the Truth, but Waits" is a tragic and emotional short story of an innocent man who is sent to prison in Siberia for 26 years for a murder he did not commit. At the end of the novel he dies, even though the actual killer confesses. The story centers around guilt, religion and forgiveness. I first read this story when I was a teenager.
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When they were gone, Aksionov recalled what had been said, and when he remembered that his wife also had suspected him, he said to himself, "It seems that only God can know the truth; it is to Him alone we must appeal, and from Him alone expect mercy."

And Aksionov wrote no more petitions; gave up all hope, and only prayed to God
Jay C
A story of the power of forgiveness? Perhaps.
Sanskriti Sangal
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It seems to me that God Sees the Truth-- then sends it as a dream warning through the wife. Ignoring that warning has dire consequences-- and like Job, Aksionov suffers through them retaining his faith. Perhaps it's a sign that fate cannot be avoided. Perhaps it's a commentary that through good and evil, ones innate nature doesn't change. Or perhaps it's a suggestion not to laugh at dreamed warnings.
An Amazing short story about a merchant and how an unexpected even changes his life for the worse, but in a way, for the better. Definatly one of the better short stories I have been able to read while in my English class. This story is really good at getting you to think and really does give you a view on things you wouldnt really think of before.

All together, just an superb story.
Well it was my second chance still waiting the 3rd chance
We can know about forgiveness from other authors & in a better way 'may be'
All I wanted is read something special original & fascinating
It's A typical Russian story!
Specially the sad ending
2.5/5 would be good for me
This is the most beautiful short story I've read
I cried when I read it; this is a powerful wakeup call for those of us who are trapped by worldy and materialistic things, when God is the only thing that matters.
Dinda Tisi
This is one of few short stories that i've read multiple times. Clearly one of the best Tolstoy's short stories. I describe it as a short story with a great moral message. I was so touched when i read it.
I'm kind of surprised that this appears as a discrete book on Goodreads, considering how short it is. Pleasantly Russian and bleak, which is exactly what I wanted during a chilly March.
Libin Jacob
One of the best short stories sharing a moral lesson that one does not gain anything by seeking revenge. The more one gives into the thought of revenge, the more it consumes him.
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Nathan C.
Tosltoy is king of the Russian novelists...not king by a strong arm, but by his majestic humility. This is a story about why God waits.
Claire Gilligan
Very short and concise, yet paints its point admirably. Confirms my opinion of Tolstoy's excellence. :)

Gillian Romano
One of the best short stories that I've ever read. It took me less than 15 minutes to read it.
Steven van Doorn
I beautiful short story. Well worth the read. Public domain and available online.
Sean Murphy
A simple but honest parable with a title that tells almost as much as the tale.
Jan 24, 2008 Anwar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good!
"satu-satunya yang wajib -dalam hidup dan seni- adalah menyatakan kebenaran (Tolstoy).
Taught me to keep believing in God despite how hard our life is
A simple parable of forgiveness - and much shorter than I expected.
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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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