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The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
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Nov 12, 10

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Read in November, 2010

This story, in one word: radical. Tolstoy had a radical idea and he was NOT afraid to write about it. This book was banned? Yes, I can see how that happened...and understandably so, when the time and place in which he wrote it is taken into consideration. To top it off, he was labeled a "sexual pervert" for writing it. It really isn't perverted by today's standards. This story, mainly about marriage, will stick with me (for better or for worse). It challenged the way I viewed the dynamic that takes place between married people, it confronted the promiscuous farce between men and women, and it changed my idea of love and marriage...and marriage with children - for all that, I loved it. If I took this story at its extreme, I'd be offended, disgusted, dismissive, and probably a defender of the religious right. But then, a radical idea can't be radical if it isn't extreme.
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