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Carol rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
Family Happiness
by Leo Tolstoy
read in November, 2014
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This is probably my least favorite of all the things I have read by Tolstoy. Tolstoy mentions in a number of novels and short stories that he does not really believe in love. The best example of this is in War and Peace. Prince Andrew's father has a ...more
Carol rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych
by Leo Tolstoy
read in November, 2014
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I read this years ago before I had much experience of the death of those around me. Even then I thought Tolstoy showed remarkable insight into Ivan and those around him. Through the years I often thought of re-reading it but tended to shy away from i ...more
Carol rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy
The Cossacks
by Leo Tolstoy
read in October, 2014
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This is a lovely coming-of-age story and much better than I expected. I agree with others who have suggested that this is a good introduction to Tolstoy. It is autobiographical and one can see how Tolstoy's ideas began here and were maintained till t ...more
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Russka by Edward Rutherfurd
Russka: The Novel of Russia
by Edward Rutherfurd (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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For anyone with an interest in Russia and its history this may be a fairly good place to begin. Although I must say that keeping all the characters straight in Russka was much harder than keeping them straight in War and Peace. That's because Rutherf ...more
Carol rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Perburuan by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Perburuan
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
read in November, 2014
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The structure of this book is so different that it bears re-reading to appreciate fully. It is slow and repetitious at the beginning, but building in complexity of thought and drama. Structurally it is almost the opposite of what we are used to in th ...more
Carol rated a book 3 of 5 stars
This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
This Earth of Mankind
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
read in December, 2014
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I bought this book years ago and have finally got around to reading it. It is a bit slow and repetitious but a good example of politically-based literature of the colonial period in Indonesia. He is writing about the era around 1898 while the Dutch w ...more
Chicago by Nelson Algren
"Sadly, reading this book only reinforced to me that, for better or worse, the old Chicago is a thing of the past...much like Vegas, it is an image to be sold to tourists but the reality is a sanitized version of something that hasn't existed for a..." Read more of this review »
Carol rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad
by Debra Dean (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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Having taken my first trip to Russia last fall a friend suggested I read this book. I visited the Defenders of Leningrad Memorial and Museum in St. Petersburg where we were given a heartfelt explanation of what went on during the 900-day siege of Le ...more
Carol rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
read in January, 2014
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This is a very complicated book. It is quite different from Crime and Punishment. C & P was a real page turner that did not deviate much from its original idea. BK, on the other hand, because of the four brothers and how each brother represents a ...more
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First Love by Ivan Turgenev
First Love
by Ivan Turgenev
read in January, 2013
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Although the novel is called "First Love" and much of it does focus on first love, each character is engulfed in a certain kind of love or attraction. So I would say it really is about love in a broader sense. Turgenev is impressive in his ability to ...more
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