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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer - novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher - as well as pacifist Christian anarchist and educational reformer. He was the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His first publications were three autobiographical novels, Childhood, Boyhoo ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 12th 2010 by Dodo Press (first published April 1859)
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Raghad
جميل جدًا يا تولستوي ... جميل جدًا
Ahmad Sharabiani
Семейное счастье [Semeynoye Schast'ye] = Family Happiness, Leo Tolstoy
Family Happiness is an 1859 novella written by Leo Tolstoy, first published in The Russian Messenger. The story concerns the love and marriage of a young girl, Mashechka (17 years old), and the much older Sergey Mikhaylych (36), an old family friend. The story is narrated by Masha. After a courtship that has the trappings of a mere family friendship, Masha's love grows and expands until she can no longer contain it. She revea
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Alessandro
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: moral-social-com
Impressive. This tale has almost one hundred pages and they only exist to pave way to the last few lines where a moral conclusion is reached. Feelings and ideas have their own life-cycle. They don't last forever and people need to learn to deal with it. Human beings constantly need to reinvent their perspectives since they can't help but learn, change and evolve. Let what has come to pass become history for you cannot get it back. It's an elegant concept. The book portrays this in a powerful fas ...more
Misha  Mathew
Tolstoy, I believe, came to me at just the right point of my life - a year which has been, by far, the most turbulent one in my entire life. After reading War & Peace earlier this year, I was convinced that there is no better guidebook to 'better living' than Tolstoy's words. He, seemingly, has advise for everything under the sun.

Family Happiness begins at a lonely country house somewhere in Russia. We meet our protagonist, the seventeen year old Masha, just after her mother's death living a
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Sinem
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
önsözü hiç okumasanız da olur son sözü belki ama ortada çok güzel mevsimlerle uyumlu bir öykü sizi bekliyor :)
زهراء الموسوي
رواية لطيفة، واضح أن المرأة الغربية قبل مائة عام من اليوم تتمتع بحقوق لا تحلم بها المرأة العربية.
هذه الرواية تحكي قصة زواج كاتيا وتقلبات علاقتها بزوجها.
Mohammad Mirzaali
پاسخ تولستوی به این مسأله که رابطهی زوجی عاشق، بعد از ازدواج، چه شکلی خواهد شد، و سعادتشان چه رنگی خواهد داشت؟ ...more
المدرب محمد الملا
هذه الرواية هي أول رواية لي أقرأها من الأدب الروسي بدون أن يكون لدي أدنى توقع عن محتواها أو عن مستواها، إلا إني فعلاً لمست منها ما كنت أتطلع إليه في الروايات .. أن تسبر أغوار نفسيات الشخصيات التي في الرواية

الرواية شرحت شرح العارفين معنى أن يكون المرء سعيداً في جنة الحب والعشق والغرام .. لا يعرف ذلك إلا من عاش التجربة، أعجبني في ذلك تحديداً مسألة أن الحياة تصبح في غاية الوضوح وغاية الفهم والسعة

تشرح الرواية في مرحلة سابقة كيف إن الدنيا تغوي المرء وتبعده عن مصدر السعادة الحقيقي .. وثم تشرح كيف يكو
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Siska Nurohmah
After reading the book, I start thinking.. is reality that ugly and boring?
Well, the world seems so wonderful, colorful, exciting.. and so on.. when you fall in love. You want to spend the rest of your life with someone you love, you consider marriage, you plan everything.. but, after a while, after the hormone stop working, after you become desensitized.. your life turns flat. even flatter than before. And maybe you'll think that it's sickening to have to live with the same person troughout you
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Amina
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magnifique! 👏
Ce n'est qu'à la fin de presque 100 pages qu'on arrive vraiment à comprendre le but de cette histoire.
Les sentiments, tels qu'on les connait au début d'une relation peuvent prendre une autre forme qu'il n'est pas facile de reconnaître ou bien d'accepter mais on doit pourtant s'y faire.
C'était un peu frustrant, le moment où l'entente et la façon de se completer de ce couple sont arrivées à leur fin.. mais la fin n'est toujour qu'un autre début et une nouvelle phase de bonheur se dévo
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د. حمدان
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
كاتيا – ليو تولستوي

لقد كانت هذه الرواية على قائمتي منذ زمن طويل. وما جعلني أن أعجل في قراءتها هذه الأيام، هو أنني وجدتُ نسخة غريبة من هذه الرواية منسوبة إلى أليكسي نيكولايفيتش تولستوي وقد رسم على غلافها السواتيسكا "شعار النازية" ومن المعروف أن ليو تولستوي قد مات عام 1910 أي قبل أن تقوم الحرب العالمية الأولى حتى ! فكيف بالنازية والحرب العالمية الثانية ؟ وعليه، وقعتُ في حيرة من أمري. فمن هو الكاتب الأصلي لهذه الرواية.. هل هو الكونت ليو تولستوي صاحب الحرب والسلام وأنا كارنينا ؟ أم أليكسي نيكولايفيت
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عبدالكريم الخليفي
رواية واقعية عميقة على المستوى النفسي, تصف حالة من حالات الزواج. نرى فيها التعامل مع الإنسان من حيث هو كائن له مراحل نفسيّة لها متطلباتها, يعامل تولستوي الشخصيات بديالكتيك النفس – إن صح التعبير - نرى في الرجل قبل الزواج متعباً من الحياة منتظراً السكينة والعزلة في الإرتباط. وفي الجانب الآخر, المرأة صغيرة العمر والحياة أمامها ولذلك كان الحبّ يعدها بحياة أمامها من المجهول والإستكشاف. الفارق العمري بين الزوجين أضفى بعداً جديداً للجانب النفسي متأثراً بالتغيرات الحيويّة, والتغيرات التي تحدث مع تقادم ف ...more
Perihan
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"- Bence erkek sevdiğini açıklamamalı.
-Nedenmiş ?
-Çünkü her zaman yalan olacaktır bu. İnsanın sevdiğini sık sık söylemesinin anlamı nedir? Bu sözcük, ağzından çıktığı anda çok olağanüstü bir şey olmak zorunda. Sürekli "Seni Seviyorum" diyen insan, ya kendini aldatmaktadır, ya karşısındakini...
-Peki, erkek bunu söylemediği sürece kadın sevildiğini nasıl anlayacak?
-Her insanın bir anlatma biçimi vardır... Sevdiğini belli eden duyguları ve davranışları..."

Tolstoy Baba yine kendi gözünden bir evlili
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Antje
Gefallen hat mir an diesem Buch, dass es modern und leicht verständlich ins Deutsche übersetzt wurde. Der kurzweilige und einfache Erzählstil der siebzehnjährigen Maša gewann prompt mein Interesse für die Handlung. Überdies empfand ich die überschaubare Anzahl an Akteuren wunderbar entspannend. -
Der Verlauf der Liebesbeziehung war allerdings vorhersehbar. Maša begann mich schnell mit ihrem unreifen, gelangweilten, überspannten wie egoistischen Wesen zu nerven, während ich zunehmend das Verhalten
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Wanda
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: 19th Century Literature Group at Yahoo
31 AUG 2014 - am reading this one today. At only 100 pages (+/-), I will finish this one and begin Midwinter this evening.

I have found Katia as also named Family Happiness. I found my copy at Project Gutenberg named as Katia. Here is the link:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44266

Cover:

katia cover

When the first blush of loves fades, a compromise must be made or unhappiness reigns.

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
What brought me to this book by Tolstoy is Dolly Thatcham from Cheerful Weather for the Wedding movie! I want a yellow copy like this one!



Caroline Gurgel
Delicado e sensível...

Comecei a ler Felicidade Conjugal esperando encontrar tudo, menos felicidade. Fiquei esperando o Tolstói amargo de A Sonata a Kreutzer, e nada. Aquela doçura, aquele ar de romantismo, de amor bonitinho, estava soando estranho e sem propósito. Não conseguia entender qual era a do autor, já que estava tudo tão simples, tão…tão…comum, básico, normal.

O livro conta a história de uma menina do interior que perdera seus pais e passa a ser criada por uma governanta. Ela termina se
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Amal Gamal
في البداية أشعر بالقلق عند قراءة أعمال مُترجمة.
ف ضياع أسلوب الترجمة يسلب القارئ متعتة وهو يقرأ وربما يضيق ذرعًا بالكلمات الغير متناسقه فيعدل عن مُتابعة القراءة.
أنا قرأته مُترجم وهو أول تجربة لي مع الأدب الروسي.
رشحته لي صديقه ف بدأت أقرأه وماشجعني أكثر أنه صغير فأن لم يُعجبني لن أضيع الكثير من الوقت في انهائه.
أحببت بدايتة وحياة كاتيا وهي طفلة في الريف مع أختها ومربيتها ففي الريف هناك جمال وروعه لا يمكن لأحد ان يشعر به الا من ذاقهُ وقد فعلت.
روعة الوصف هي أكثر ما أبهرتني فكنت أشعر بالصورة تتجسد أ
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Nadine Tewaditep
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Erin
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I felt that I was wholly his, and that I was happy in his power over me." So Masha thinks in the carriage after her wedding. She is, of course, in for a rude awakening. In Tolstoy's semi-autobiographical account of a teen marrying a 30-something and discovering that married life is not all roses and champagne. In fact, it's often petty and controlling, or so it seems. I like Tolstoy, usually, but this book brought me to the fact that Tolstoy raped his teenage wife numerous time in the carriage ...more
Laura
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
Opening lines:
WE were in mourning for our mother, who had died the preceding autumn, and we had spent all the winter alone in the country—Macha, Sonia and I.
Macha was an old family friend, who had been our governess and had brought us all up, and my memories of her, like my love for her, went as far back as my memories of myself.
Sonia was my younger sister.


Quotations:
There was no error in the remark which he so often made, that, in life, there was but one certain happiness: to live for others.

"A
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Hend Aboul Gada
رواية حلوة بس النهايةصادمة جدا
انا مش ببحث عن نهاية سعيدة
بس ببحث عن نهاية حاسمة
يا ابيض يا اسود
لكن النهاية الرمادية دى
لم ترضينى الصراحة
بس الكونت تولستوى كالعادة
بيحاول ينشر ثقافة الحب والجمال
والتضحية والسلام بطريقة لطيفة غبر محسوسة
لدرجة تحسسك بالسلام النفسى
من مقولات الرواية اللى عجبتنى:

لماذا لم يكن يستخدم سلطان حبه معى

يبدو انكن معشر السيدات لابد ان
ترفعن كأس الأستهتار حتى شفاهكن
قبل ان تستطعن تذوق الحياة
وانتن فى ذلك لا تصدقن ابدا
تجربة الأخرين

لقد كان يجب الا آذن لنفسى ان احبك
أو أن أحبك ببساطة أكثر

Giada
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un altro capolavoro del grande Lev Tolstoj.
Mi è piaciuto molto il modo in cui ci racconta e ci spiega il rapporto di due persone che diventa amore, tormento e paranoie; per poi finire in matrimonio, logicamente con i suoi alti e bassi, come tutte le famiglie che ci sono state e che ci saranno.
Mi è piaciuto molto, davvero, ma d'altronde ho un particolare debole per la letteratura russa (credo che si sia capito già abbastanza ahah)!
Marwa Bouhadda
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ماذا يمكنُ أن أقُول ؟
مضت قرابة شهر على قراءتي للرواية ولا سبيل لكتابة تقييم لائق
! مشاعرُ هائلة اختبرتها دفعة واحدة بين صفحاتها
جعلتنِي أفكر : هل للحب تاريخ انتهاء صلاحية أم أنه يهدأ فقط مع الوقت
جميلة .. جميلة جدًا
Nicky
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I was as insightful about emotions as this guy lol.
Hayden
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction, love
Of all novellas I've read, Family Happiness is the most enthralling by far. The crucial insights to the ideal form of love, family, and happiness are wisdoms that hang over the reader as a sweet mist for weeks afterward. Although short in words, the gentle and often sublime descriptive imagery offered by Tolstoy are beyond a website review. He displays such a handle over tone, voice and placement. However, as I said earlier, the most important layer to this novella is its message that love does ...more
Dana Maff
This book was only 90 pages, but it took me around 6 days to finish it, because I could not help the urge to keep rereading every single page to understand it and enjoy it fully.
I'm glad that I've finally read something by Tolstoy. I've always wondered what all the fuss is about, and now it's pretty clear to me.
His use of words is elegant but smooth, and that's exactly my type. I have to admit tho, it was quite depressing, Not overrated, but simply realistic. And I guess we all need a slap back
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Jenn
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I liked this a lot more than I expected to... It's a little sad, because it's a story about falling out of love (well, falling IN love first, and then falling out) but there are definitely lessons to be learned.

Also, I found myself being amazed over and over how such a short book could manage to have such wonderful character and relationship development. There is more substantial and realistic relationship development in these 80 pages than in the entire Twilight series.
Jordan Magnuson
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
Profound and thought-provoking. Is this happiness, or is this resignation?
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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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“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” 1369 likes
“I can't praise a young lady who is alive only when people are admiring her, but as soon as she is left alone, collapses and finds nothing to her taste--one who is all for show and has no resources in herself” 32 likes
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