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Childhood. Adolescence. Youth (Childhood, Boyhood, Youth #1-3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,196 ratings  ·  62 reviews
ISBN 5-05-001675-4
Russian Classics.

Review of "Childhood" and "Adolescence" by N G Chernyshevsky.

From the Introduction by Konstantin Lomunov :
In the summer of 1850, Lev Tolstoy then 22 years old and living in Moscow, began work on a story entitled "Childhood" which he planned as the first part of a lengthy novel, to be known as "Four Periods of Development". Fo
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published 1981 by Raduga Publishers, Russia (first published 1856)
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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
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
"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
Dec 20, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
tolstoy wrote this when he was fairly young. at teh end he writes that one day he hopes to complete it but never got round to it because he was out creating greater masterpieces. its semi autobiographical and already you begin to see the early stages of writing excellence. it describes his youth and his relationships with about 20 or so key characters, girls he first falls in love with, his older brother who appeared to be a big influence in his life, his charming father and his grandmother and ...more
A definite, lucid portrait of a time, of Koko growing up and becoming a mature character in early-/mid-19th century Russia. Very funny, very tragic, very evocative. And with Tolstoy, quite a smack of truth/philosophizing. Though as this continued on, my interest especially in Youth started to wane. I blame it on the alcohol (not Tolstoy's but my own). Still, a fascinating, pithy (for Tolstoy) read. And the echoes later created by JM Coetzee in his own fictionalized autobiographies are impressive ...more
Ahmet Uçar
What a child he was, and what education he did have. Also, he used to listen to the 1001 nights from his aunt everyday.
Yves Panis
Premiers écrits du grand écrivain. Sur sa jeunesse. Style encore balbutiant. Moins brillant qu' Anna Karenine ou La Guerre et la Paix. Mais déjà l'envie moraliste.... À lire évidemment.
Maxim Gvozdevskiy
В особенности достойно внимания Детство.
It wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't exceptional either. Some of the occurrences are very thought provoking. However, the whole series felt very unfinished. I know there was supposed to be a fourth part that was never attached but even the first three had some many elements of incompleteness that it was hard to enjoy the overall story. Tolstoy did do a great job of capturing a lot of the confusing and conflicting feelings we experiences throughout adolescence but that unfinished aspect of it just ...more
I'm very fond of Tolstoy! Some people say this is no good, but it's better in my opinion than Dostoevsky's first.

I'm very nauseated, probably since now I don't have any more Tolstoy to read.
Mary Karen
Very enjoyable and thoughtful reflection on his youth.
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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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