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October 2007: The Last Station, Jay Parini (10 copies)

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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 24, 2007 08:44AM) (new)

Our first ARC Club book is The Last Station, by Jay Parini. Please send me a private message with your address details if you wish to get an early copy. Do not post your contact details in this topic.

By 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the world's most famous author, had become an almost religious figure, surrounded on his lavish estate by family and followers alike. Set in the tumultuous last year of the count's life, The Last Station centres on the battle for his soul waged by his wife and his leading disciple.

Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity on the one hand and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children, and a life of hedonism on the other, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny station of Astapovo, he believes he is dying alone, while outside over one hundred newspapermen are awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

Narrated in six different voices, including Tolstoy's own from his diaries and literary works, The Last Station is a richly inventive novel that dances bewitchingly between fact and fiction.

message 2: by Debbie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

Debbie Moorhouse Got my copy. Thanks!

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