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The Greatest Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The Greatest Short Stories Of Leo Tolstoy is a compilation of seven enthralling stories by Leo Tolstoy, and it was published in the year 2009. The book contains well-known works by the author, including the book that is considered by many as his best, War and Peace. Some of his other stories that are covered in this book include Ivan the Fool, How Much Land Does A Man Need ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Jaico Publishing House
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Adams Bracken
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As relevant today as when it was written. I read Tolstoy a few decades ago. Rereading the stories made me realize how much I learned from Tolstoy. His clean clear prose makes the characters come to life. The lessons he taught are still relevant in our busy lives. I bought this book at special price from here:
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Hesamul Haque
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet profound.
Rajesh
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this collection of short stories for their descriptive portraits, simple, immense readability that makes for a limpid reading experience, and the socio-cultural context of Russia the book allowed me to visit. I haven't read Tolstoy's work prior to this, and perhaps will consider one of his longer novels (otherwise, I admittedly get discouraged by books that are too long).
Alicia V
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lev-tolstoy
Một bản in nhiều tuổi hơn người đang đọc nó.
Tôi bắt đầu đọc truyện của Lev Tolstoy khi 12 tuổi, và bị ám ảnh bởi cuộc đấu tranh tư tưởng của nhà văn quý tộc ấy đến khi trưởng thành, mà có lẽ suốt cả cuộc đời. Mục đích của cuộc sống là gì, đạo đức và lý tưởng có phải là điều quan trọng nhất? Đó đã là câu hỏi cho nhiều thế hệ và sẽ còn tiếp diễn.
Kể từ sau Liên Xô sụp đổ, không còn nhiều những tác phẩm tiếng Nga được dịch và xuất bản. Kho sách văn học Nga mỗi ngày cũ mòn mà khó thay thế. Nhưng mỗi
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Sulava Singha
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
collection of short stories! I am a huge fan of short fiction and loved Leo Tolstoy's way of narration! what a meaningful writings , this book is full of good fiction with thoughtful writing say it a philosophy ! Few of the stories I read in school time as a part of English literature. Never mind I can read them many times
one of my favourite is "God sees the truth but waits" "A spark neglected burns the house" " Ivan the fool" "how much land does a man need" and " the God son" almost I loved al
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Swetank Anand
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, "what men live by" is best short story I have ever read
Arghya Dutta
I really liked this book. Tolstoy had an uncanny ability to draw portraits of common folks and the evidence of this ability is scattered in all the stories.

As a side note, I should mention that the book's appearance - the cover, the font used, the pictures - all are really nice. The publishing house has done a good job!
Ralph Wechuli
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fictional stories with profound philosophical lessons. Favorites: "Ivan the fool", "How much land does a man need".
Recommended.
Asha Seth
Quite indeed the greatest short stories of all times from the iconic story-teller, moralist, and philosophist Leo Tolstoy.
Sreerag S
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good collection of stories teaching good values for life.


Collection of stories written by leo Tolstoy.
It has some really good stories which teaches life lessons. The collection has different segments such as folk tales,fairy tale, short stories etc. It's a good book if u r looking for some nice stories.
Devvrat Jadon
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading the short stories. The book shared the realities of how people spend their life cribbing for not having something and forgetting about the presents given to them by God. The way Leo Tolstoy created images of the characters in our mind while reading a story was great. A lovely book.
Sai Rahul
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the greatest life messages/lessons by a human

Every story got it's own zeal , just read it without a second thought. If one consider to know how to live a life to be, then this is for you.
Praval Priyaranjan
The stories teach us the basic lessons of life and emphasizes on values which we should inculcate in ourselves and pass to the next generation. The tool is Christian ethics, but it is not hard to see that core human values transcend religion
Red Hood
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much better than so much many. ✨🔥
AKANSHA
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a classic what more can i say..i loved it.
Ashwini
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
short, rivetting, complete stories. loved the simple language and storyline. nothing too complicated.
Neel Ghosh
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
a pleasant and soothing read
Suraj Das
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
:) :) worth a read but some stories are way out of their timeline
Amulya N
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short ,sweet & yet a book full of thoughtful advice which I believe is much needed for any generation.
WhitneyMarie
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cemented him in my top 5 of all time favorite authors to read. The man is timeless!
Raman Gupta
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting

The book is a collection of stories/parables with moral messages told in a very interesting manner. I really liked it.
Jeffy Thomas
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple moral stories yet couldn't be more relevant today! Delightful narration by Tolstoy.
Pawan Saini
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice short stories. A few stories are good reads for kids as well.
Most of the stories hover around the concept of doing benevolent things. Karma!!
Part ii of the book is a must read.
Minci (Ayurveda) Ahmetovic
Family Happiness
I felt that my whole life was bound to go on in the same solitude and help dreariness from which I had myself no strength and even no wish to escape. Money was needed for this and we hardly knew how our affairs stood after mum death.Your whole life lies b4 you and now/never is the time to prepare for it,save yourself future regrets. A year hence it will be too late. You must find more to do/not get depressed. Proper object of life was happiness I promised myself much happiness ah
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Bernardo
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no evil characters is Tolstoy's short stories, only actions (or lack there of) that leads them in the wrongful paths. Most of the stories set up scenarios where, through compassion, care for others and selflessness, people achieve true happiness, or, in Tolstoy's eyes, "they find God", which from my point of view is finding joy and fulfillment. And as narrated in "Ivan the fool" or in "Two old men", it's not usually the traditionally known path, but the one where the characters have surr ...more
Sriram
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The section with Children's stories seemed to be the only part meant to be read by adults. Other than that most of the stories seemed like religious fantasies, where magically everything right happens to those who work hard and listen to God's advice. There are a few nice stories here and there though.
Alex
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty nice collection of stories. Some hold up, some really don't. It is a pretty nice introduction to Tolstoy's writing and ideas. The editing and the translation can use a lot of work, though.

Cvani
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Short stories with high moral values. It's fascinating to read age old stories. :)
Ranganath A S
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So simple & relevant to all times.
Manisha Nandy Mazumder
I am not entirely sure what to write about this book. As I progressed through the stories, they got overtly scriptural. At one point of time I felt that the author certainly could not have written them. The latter half of this book is more suitable for a Bible studies class than a casual read. The story - "How much land does a man need" - is a must read.

I would not recommend picking up this book - at the very least not this publication. There were innumerable spelling mistakes. I wanted to thro
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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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