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The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin
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Jan 22, 10

Recommended to Bob by: The Nation

"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This fragment of verse by Archilochus describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy.

Wow. Someday I'm going to read that sucker.

It's only 80 pages. How long could it take to read?
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message 1: by Daphne (new)

Daphne Would be interested to hear your opinion of it. Just finished my second reading in as many days. Still formulating my own thoughts regarding it.

-Daphne


message 2: by Bob (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bob I got up to page 25 last night and I am loving it. I always wondered what the big deal about Tolstoy was and this essay/lecture by Isaiah Berlin is just the kind of guide I need. I also have a copy of "With Napoleon in Russia: The Memoirs of General de Caulaincourt,Duke of Vicenza". Someday, when I get around to reading "War and Peace," I'll have the Duke's memoirs for comparison and contrast.
So, what's your take on Isaiah Berlin?


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