Resurrection MOBI Á Hardcover

Resurrection MOBI Á Hardcover
    Resurrection MOBI Á Hardcover vision of redemption, achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence, dominate the novel An intimate, psychological tale of guilt, anger, and forgiveness, Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, reflecting its author s outrage at the social injustices of the world in which he lived This edition, which updates a classic translation, has explanatory notes, and a substantial introduction based on the most recent scholarship in the field."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 562 pages
  • Resurrection
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 0735102864

Resurrection[Reading] ➲ Resurrection ➺ Leo Tolstoy – Essayreview.co.uk Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy s major novels It tells the story of a nobleman s attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in S Resurrectionis the last of Tolstoy s major novels It tells the story of a nobleman s attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in Siberia Tolstoy s vision of redemption, achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence, dominate the novel An intimate, psychological tale of guilt, anger, and forgiveness, Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, reflecting its author s outrage at the social injustices of the world in which he lived This edition, which updates a classic translation, has explanatory notes, and a substantial introduction based on the most recent scholarship in the field.


About the Author: Leo Tolstoy

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian 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 Tolstoy to have been one of the world s greatest novelists Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformerHis literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


10 thoughts on “Resurrection

  1. says:

    At half the size of War and Peace and two thirds the length of Anna Karenina Tolstoy s Resurrection is every bit as epic, and probably his most controversial novel that appears to have strong political and religious implications as the backbone to the story, and what a story A later Novel for Tolstoy written in 1899 under the leadership of Tsar Nicholas II and an empire repressing political opposition in the centre and on the far left Starting out as a courtroom drama we soon get drawn int At half the size of War and Peace and two thirds the length of Anna Karenina Tolstoy s Resurrection is every bit as epic, and probably his most controversial novel that appears to have strong political and religious implications as the backbone to the story, and what a story A later Novel for Tolstoy written in 1899 under the leadership of Tsar Nicholas II and an empire repressing political opposition in the centre and on the far left Starting out as a courtroom drama we soon get drawn into a hugely deep and moving narrative of an unjust system of criminal law, poverty and wealth at each end of the spectrum and one man s personally crusade of redemption for a life lived where he uses his high position in society to take advantage of others.That man is Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov who after being called for jury duty discovers to his horror one of three persons on trial is Katyusha, a beautiful young lady who he once seduced and then cruelly abandoned during his time in the armed services He learns of her plight working in a brothel where she may or may not have been set up to poison a client to steal money, so Nekhlyudov is sent back into the past to realise that he really did love her and soon wants to know as much as possible about the case to try and get her acquitted as he is burdened with guilt for what she had become Convinced she is innocent of her crime he goes about in any way possible to try and save her as it s harsh labour in Siberia the likely outcome if charged, even willing to give up his life of luxury to be by Katyusha s side regardless of any outcome and to take her hand in marriage, for which she refuses Nekhlyudov uses his prestige as a well thought of man to try and shake up the foundations of scathing injustice, corruption and hypocrisy at the top level of society The psychological portrait of Dmitri is quite outstanding as we see him change from an empty, comfortable individual to a man of steely resolute and emotion The squalid conditions and other prisoners stories he hears while visiting Katyusha awaiting her fate are just not fair in his eyes and starts to help others as well As for Katyusha she is difficult to read, she doesn t really care for her own injustices any and tends to use Nekhlyudov for the benefit of other inmates, spending time locked up has clearly effected her mind and the Prince see s a completely changed person from the one that he once knew Using a vast array of deeply drawn characters we get a panoramic view of Russian life, from pheasants, convicts and aristocrats, to wealthy politicians, prison guards and lawyers both defending and prosecuting Tolstoy is such a great storyteller, mixing gritty realism with compassionate kindhearted warmth Two things that make Resurrection an almost perfect novel is his gift at Characterization and also fluid writing, as this makes it really hard to find a suitable place to stop reading It doesn t have the pace of an intense thriller but is in no way a slow burner either, it s just about spot on, and the novel as a whole is no doubt a Russian masterpiece Also have to give penguin classics a lot of credit as this version is impeccable, with a great introduction, bonus material and a wonderful translation by Anthony Briggs who has worked on other Russian classics

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    Voskreseniye Waskriesienie Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his lif Voskreseniye Waskriesienie Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his life, and explains the theory in detail It was first published serially in the popular weekly magazine Niva in an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Doukhobors 2002 1315 307 6 19 1339 212 1363 184 1385 643 9648263345 1388 685 9789642613229 1389 780 9789643157005

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    What starts off as a seduction by a Russian nobleman of a orphan peasant girl , in the late 19th century during the Czarist era , will as pages turn and the flow of life advances into the unknown future , consequences follow, bad or good you the reader must decide Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov, from Moscow, heir to vast estates is visiting two aunts of his Maria and Sophia, who worship him, in their home in the countryside, they are large landowners too Just nineteen, Dimitri is a student at the un What starts off as a seduction by a Russian nobleman of a orphan peasant girl , in the late 19th century during the Czarist era , will as pages turn and the flow of life advances into the unknown future , consequences follow, bad or good you the reader must decide Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov, from Moscow, heir to vast estates is visiting two aunts of his Maria and Sophia, who worship him, in their home in the countryside, they are large landowners too Just nineteen, Dimitri is a student at the university, which he doescarousing than studying, constantly pestering his widowed mother, Princess Elena formoney Katerina Katusha Maslova , very pretty , a few years younger than the Prince has no family except an aunt, Matrona, that isn t involved with her, Katerina s mother , a promiscuous woman gave birth to many children without the benefit of a marriage license And presided over those so carelessly letting them go into the earth gladly, truth be told she forgot to feed the babies Katerina had good fortune though, her mother s sister, that same relative, mentioned before, felt sorry for the child, didn t help, she was so adorable and somehow survived When the two old, lonely ladies the owners of the property fell in love with the baby, they first saw, brought her into their house and raised Katerina As both a servant and daughter, hence the Prince smitten by the girl , wants her as he feels, he has every right to Katerina , at first she resists but after another visit succumbs The cycle begins again an illegitimate son born and dies, and Katerina forced out Men always chase the beautiful woman and she loses servant jobs, the ladies of the house quite insist In the end the only option, becoming a prostitute, but miracles occur, while Maslova is on trial for a crime she didn t commit the surprised Prince is a member of the jury Thus they meet again, ten years later, Dimitri feels remorseful, he will try to help the woman, she doesn t recognize him at first Guilt consumes him, he is responsible for the girl s situation, her decent to the bottom, the depravity, coarseness, both smoking, and drinking, just imagine , the ultimate degradation still, the very scandalous behavior living in a not respectable residence obviously too, and she an innocent woman until he spoiled her.The ruin of Katerina s whole life, all falls on his lap Dimitri has to make amends, nothing else will relief his ceaseless pain Even going to Siberia to aid and try to alleviate the inhuman conditions of the suffering prisoners and particularly Katerina, the woman be loves, he says Nevertheless the convicts die and die His family , start to think this strange behavior may be a sign of a mental breakdown, he is even trying to give the peasants his land in a convoluted way Tolstoy,interested in his philosophy Georgism, from American writer Henry George than deep characterization, in this novel , pontificates his belief that everyone is equal, the lowest to the highest Criminals should be forgiven no matter what they didNot a popular notion today This novel because of its risque material, soldbooks in his lifetime than his two great classics, War and Peace and Anna Kareninathat has changed

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    Ignore the cynics Tolstoy s novel is a moralistic tale, yes, but the finest you are ever going to read Life changing.

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    What moved me the most in this novel is how true is what Tolstoy says about the judicial system, even in our world of today And this is not just in France, but all over the world When I read those sections on judicial errors, imprisonment for lack of official papers, inhuman treatment of prisoners, and the fallacy of the correctional system , I really had the impression that very little has changed since his time.But, before I get carried out, here are somepoints that also moved me dee What moved me the most in this novel is how true is what Tolstoy says about the judicial system, even in our world of today And this is not just in France, but all over the world When I read those sections on judicial errors, imprisonment for lack of official papers, inhuman treatment of prisoners, and the fallacy of the correctional system , I really had the impression that very little has changed since his time.But, before I get carried out, here are somepoints that also moved me deeply, as I could relate to all them personally Nekhludoff s internal void, when he feels he has not really done anything useful so far, to give a meaning to his life Then he is called into the jury duty, where he sees how his former recklessness has ruined the life of a woman and her child And, he decides to act His transformation is not a linear process At every instant, he is struggling with two internal forces, equally valid and equally strong, and it s hard to tell which one is going to win Tolstoy does a great job in unravelling this process, this severe inner conflict in depth, and the gradual change in the lifestyle of Nekhludoff.Maslova, over whom Nekhludoff has this conflict, doesn t make his job easy either In a less experienced writer s hand, she would have fallen for Nekhludoff s offer immediately, but that would have been unrealistic, and the story would have lost its challenge In fact, at the end, just the opposite of what s expected happens Yet, what happens also appeases the heart of Nekhludoff, and we see his true sacrifice Isn t this how life is really Nekhludoff had stopped believing in himself and started believing in others This gave him a serious conflict between his conscience and animal instincts unconsciously, he started to hate himself, thus others as well When he starts to believe himself again, he feels tender toward himself, experiences a freedom and joy he has never known before This is something I can relate to, both in my professional and personal world it gave me the courage to be like him evenNekhludoff had become so obsessed with the social mirrors that, even when he started to act for Maslova, he kept asking himself if he was really doing all that for his conscience, or to look good in the eyes of others This is so true No matter how hard I try, my old habit of looking into the social mirrors always comes back I loved Tolstoy s insight where he shows how Maslove reasons in favor of her profession , to give a meaning to her life This is something I ve always done about my job of a business consultant, although I know how wrong I am Yet, I have to keep this job to feed mouths.Then Maslova starts to transform during her travel across Siberia, under the influence of those two fellow prisoners, whose opinions become important to her She changes, to live up to their eyes, because she feels they care for her This happened to me too, when I met someone who cared for me In fact, in one novel, Tolstoy has enacted two great resurrections one of Nekhludoff and one of Maslova Now, coming back to the judicial system I absolutely agree with the paragraph where Tolstoy says that those who are the most nervous, strongest, talented, yet the least careful and lacking cunning, fall victim to the judicial systems And, the correctional methods are total misnomers, because they correct nothing only destroy the individual This is a universal phenomenon, as I ve seen How can we correct people, by confining them behind bars, by humiliating them Why call these methods correctional at all Can t we think of better means Let s hope

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    The whole trouble lies in that people think that there are conditions excluding the necessity of love in their intercourse with man, but such conditions do not exist Things may be treated without love one may chop wood, make bricks, forge iron without love, but one can nodeal with people without love than one can handle bees without careLeo Tolstoy, RessurectionWhile not as big or beautiful as Tolstoy s great, BIG novels War and Peace, Anna Karenina , there is still something granThe whole trouble lies in that people think that there are conditions excluding the necessity of love in their intercourse with man, but such conditions do not exist Things may be treated without love one may chop wood, make bricks, forge iron without love, but one can nodeal with people without love than one can handle bees without careLeo Tolstoy, RessurectionWhile not as big or beautiful as Tolstoy s great, BIG novels War and Peace, Anna Karenina , there is still something grand and beautiful about Resurrection The novel is basically a critique of both organized religion and the injustices of criminal law and justice It tells the story of a noble Nekhlyudov who recognizes a woman Maslova he ruined in his youth while serving on a jury Through careless mistakes, institutional inflexibility, and apathy, Maslova eventually is sentenced to live in Siberia.The novel is the story of Nekhlyudov s journey of abandoning his old life wealth, property, class and following Maslova to Siberia It is a story of Nekhlyudov s search for redemption from his past, his awaking to the reality of how the state and its bureaucracy crushes both the innocent and the poor, and a philosophical examination of how the fundamental s of Christianity are often overlooked by the State and organized religion when people lose sight of the very basic idea of loving other people While reading the novel I was constantly thinking of Ferguson I was wondering how Tolstoy would approach the heavy incarceration rates of black Americans It seems he would write a novel pretty close to the one he wrote in 1899 It is amazing to me how similar our times really are Social injustice seems to always exist That is why you can have Dickens, Tolstoy, Orwell, Sinclair, Baldwin, Steinbeck, etc., all writing about similar themes on different continents and in different eras and they all seem to capture the same mood with the same type of power

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    This was said repeatedly before, hence I take myself the liberty to appeal to it because this book puts a lot of emphasis on it As a gentle and kind reminder, the real question is not whether life exists after death The real question is whether you are alive before death Or, as for the very suggestive title of the book, the ultimate meaning of the resurrection is a death of the old and birth of the new But, first thing first, what is the old, what is the new And, what it happens when th This was said repeatedly before, hence I take myself the liberty to appeal to it because this book puts a lot of emphasis on it As a gentle and kind reminder, the real question is not whether life exists after death The real question is whether you are alive before death Or, as for the very suggestive title of the book, the ultimate meaning of the resurrection is a death of the old and birth of the new But, first thing first, what is the old, what is the new And, what it happens when this breaking out the transformation process, or resurrection in itself is too precipitous and violent Well, as per evidence, the mind may lose its balanceor less permanently, mostly depending on one s own inner constitution In some cases, the effect is not very grave, severe, and the crisis may pass without leaving deep marks..But, of course, this is not the case for Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy He was affected deeply and irrevocably That is why he reflected himself through his characters, either through their inherent tendencies or on account of the influence of the environment upon their plastic constitution Eventually, the spiritual resurrection or awakening stirs them up to the very depths of their personality It is the time he is asked to choose between the everlasting no and the everlasting yes But the prince in the book or the count in real life being so long accustomed to the oppression of the intellect, obviously the mental inertia becomes hard to remove In fact, it has gone down deep into the roots of his being, so now the whole structure of his personality is to be shattered, overturned The process of resurrection is stained with struggles, tears, blood not physically butlike a faster internal circulatory process , deep pain, mental anguish, but again but, it is only after such pain and turbulence that all the internal, profound and solid, impurities are purged and he is presumably reborn with a new outlook on life, on its meaning, on its purpose, sense, etc as if all these words doesn t mean one and the same thingApparently, this is a story about the saved one , an illegitimate dark eyed girl that in her youth years became unusually lively and pretty, and her presence cheered everyone She grew up half servant, half lady She was wooed, but would marry no one, feeling that life with any one of her wooers would be hard, spoiled, as she was,or less, by the comparative ease she enjoyed in the manor But life ceased to have any charms for her when an event happened that basically consummated her ruin, and from that day she began to lead a life that in most cases ends in painful disease, premature decrepitude and death..Profoundly, this is a story about social injustice, private ownership, mother land, about courtrooms and the penal judicial system, about convicts and jails, about exploits, exploited and exploiters, about corruption and antagonistic feelings, harsh indecent regulations, and lots of blockheads, and also lots of cold, hungry, idling, sickly, degraded, brutalized human beingsAnd it s also about a man who is trying to correct his customary habits of life, whose soul was being racked by a fierce and complicated struggle, and is pleased with the consciousness of performing an important duty civic and personal too by trying to save the one who s life he has ruined in her youth, as root cause Some fortuitous meeting brings everything to his mind, and compels the acknowledgement of his heartlessness, cruelty and baseness which made it possible for him to live undisturbed by the sin which lay on his conscience The task of his life after he assumed a new meaning in life is to seek the truth and the kingdom of God, and the rest will come of itself If he succeeded or not, that is for the author to know only According to the book of books, when they were about to crucify Jesus, Pilate asked him a question What is truth And Jesus remained silent Something has always been said even if it is only that nothing can be said But I have always felt that Pilate understood Only because he was a Roman, he might have understood Well, that happens usually whenlanguages are being used One speaks of the other world, another speaks of this world and takes every word literally..Wrapped in my own crazy thoughts with various mingled feelings filling my chest, I am exceedingly glad that I managed to read this book It s an absolutely remarkable novel, unique in its own way, same as the other famous masterpieces of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

  8. says:

    I have NO idea why this book is less popular then War and Peace or Anna Karenina Zero ideas Look at goodreaders AK 25,866 ratings, WaP 11,258 ratings, Resurrection 691 ratings This is so unfair I would never risk to write an actual review on this text, but reading it was one of the biggest turning points in my life at some point.

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    Dear Tolstoy I heart you.Love,El.______________________I had some reservations about reading this book because I knew going into it that it was the last novel he wrote, and I know that in his later years he became especially religious and it showed in his writing, and jeez, do we really needof that sort of preachiness Apparently we do Resurrection isn t as popular as Tolstoy s other two major novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, nor is it as long as those others Apparently when it was Dear Tolstoy I heart you.Love,El.______________________I had some reservations about reading this book because I knew going into it that it was the last novel he wrote, and I know that in his later years he became especially religious and it showed in his writing, and jeez, do we really needof that sort of preachiness Apparently we do Resurrection isn t as popular as Tolstoy s other two major novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, nor is it as long as those others Apparently when it was first published, however, it outsold both Anna Karenina and War and Peace before its popularity waned over the years I ll agree that it s not as broad in scope or vision, but the story itself still managed to intrigue me.When Prince Nekhlyudov is called to serve on a jury, he realizes that one of the accused is Katusha Maslova, a woman he recognizes from his younger days She had served as a maid in his house, at which time he was a pig, seduced her, and abandoned her after she lost her job because of it, and she had to prostitute herself in order to survive It s through this new occupation that she is arrested and tried for murder Nekhlyudov realizes a bit melodramatically that had he not treated her the way he had, she would not have come to this end He spends his time trying to save her from being sent to Siberia, knowing that she could not possibly have done what she was accused of doing.Unlike Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Resurrection takes place primarily in the prison, or in Nekhlyudov s immediate surroundings The focus is on him for the most part as he struggles with the realization that there s an entire other side to life than he has been aware of all these years, that things aren t quite as rosy as they have been for him as an aristocrat He s guilty in the way he has lived and strives to make the world a better place by changing society however he can A bit of an idealist, that Nekhlyudov, but then it seems everyone goes through a phase like that in their life.Some of the complaints I ve seen about this book is the heavy handed nature of Tolstoy s writing He was on a mission with this book, and it s pretty apparent in the writing, particularly in the last 75 100 pages or so Tolstoy s characters all had beef with some group or another, and they at one time or another take shots at criminals, landowners and aristocrats, peasants and the poor, the penal system, Russians, Christians, Germans, suffragettes, Nihilists, Socialists, etc Nekhlyudov spends a considerable amount of time talking with different people and discussing arguing their beliefs in his effort to see how the other part of society lives For the first time in his life the rose tinted glasses have come off and he s aware of the social changes that needed to be made, and he absolutely became a mouthpiece for Tolstoy s personal opinions on how the incarcerated are treated But for some reason I didn t find it distracting.Probably because Tolstoy could puke on a piece of paper, put a cover on it, and I would read it.As Occupy Wall Street has become such a huge social campaign in our own time, I couldn t help but read Tolstoy with that in the back of my mind I believe he would have plenty to say about the movement Forgive me, but that is not so every thief knows that stealing is wrong and that he ought not to steal that stealing is wicked, said Rogozhinsky, with a calm, self assured, slightly contemptuous smile which specially irritated Nekhlyudov No, he does not You tell him Don t steal and he sees the factory owners stealing his labour by keeping back his wages he knows that the Government, with all its officials, never stops robbing him by means of taxes This sounds like anarchism, Rogozhinsky said, quietly defining the meaning of his brother in law s words I don t know what it sounds like I only know what happens, Nekhlyudov continued He knows that the Government robs him he knows that we land proprietors robbed him long ago when we took the land which ought to be common property And now if he gathers a few sticks from that stolen land to light his fire we clap him in gaol and tell him he s a thief Of course he knows that not he but the man who robbed him of the land is the thief, and that ever restitution of what has been stolen from him is a duty he owes to his family What strikes me the most is just how little issues have changed apparently Russian society in 1899 isn t all that different from American society in 2011, and that s actually a pretty depressing thought

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    Perhaps Resurrection is not Tolstoy at its best, but even so, this novel is a powerful piece of writing, a gem of philosophy and a great insight into Tolstoy s thinking It is definitely a novel that spoke to me, and even if I don t agree with all of the Tolstoy s thoughts in this book, I was touched, inspired and provoked by this book Whatcan a reader want The characters were intriguing, but often they were a bit overshadowed by the strong philosophical aspect of this novel Quite frank Perhaps Resurrection is not Tolstoy at its best, but even so, this novel is a powerful piece of writing, a gem of philosophy and a great insight into Tolstoy s thinking It is definitely a novel that spoke to me, and even if I don t agree with all of the Tolstoy s thoughts in this book, I was touched, inspired and provoked by this book Whatcan a reader want The characters were intriguing, but often they were a bit overshadowed by the strong philosophical aspect of this novel Quite frankly, I was left hungry forinsight into the main female character s motivations and inner states, especially as the novel progressed Much is said in this novel and it is as much a commentary about the Russian society of its time, as a study on the human nature To beprecise, the fight between materialistic and spiritual aspect of a human being is often the main topic of this novel Tolstoy touched on many subjects in this one, from anticipating social revolutions to come with his talk about workers farmers rights to his thoughts on penal systems Tolstoy expressed an abundance of ideas and really developed his critical thinking in this book Still, for me personally Resurrection pales in comparison with his better known works such as Anna Karenina or War and Peace I think it s because I found it easier to relate to characters in Anna Karenina and War and Peace In addition, I don t like how in this novel Tolstoy sort of ignores the female characters In other works of his that I have read, female characters were always portrayed with great care Here it s not the case Everything sort of resolves around the main character Nekhlyudov and his quest for spiritual awakening I didn t like him as much as I expected, especially as the novel progressed, and when you have issues with the protagonist, that gets into the way of enjoying the book Some readers have complained about the moralizing and didactic tone of this book On overall, I didn t find this novel to be too moralistic Yes, the narrative is a bit preachy at times, but most of the time, the story makes sense Moreover, the novel even offers some fresh ideas In the first part of the book, I could only complain about the repetitiveness of some moralistic thoughts However, towards the ending I did get the impression that Tolstoy was pushing some of his ideas onto his readers, and it was a bit too much for my liking In that sense, the novel isn t as well balanced as his other works I have to say that I wasn t impressed with his puritan conclusion The way the main character figured everything out didn t sit well with me The ending did disappoint me a little, I have to admit that I wanted to know what happened with the characters, but instead of a proper ending, we got an interpretation of the Bible Now, philosophical writing is not the easiest thing to balance with this kind of novel and somehow the ending just didn t cut it.As much as I love to read Tolstoy s thoughts, in this novel sometimes they felt a bit repetitive I already read a few well known Tolstoy s essays, and seeing some of his thoughts repeated felt a bit out of place I would say that at times the novel definitely suffered for it Moreover, I had this feeling that Tolstoy was contracting himself One second he is saying that everyone has to find their own answers and that religion is useless, the other he says it s all in the Bible In one passage Tolstoy speaks about human nature in a realistic way, in the other he says it is solution to love everyone Idealism mixed with realism without a sense of balance can lead to a novel that feels unfinished What is really the message of its all Those last pages left so many thing unsaid, the novel would perhaps have been better without them So, to conclude while the novel was very interesting as the whole, some parts of it were definitely too preachy for my liking Nevertheless, Tolstoy is a great writer and you could do worse than opt for this novel Indeed, there are many fascinating ideas in Resurrection, you just need to take them with a great of salt as some of them truly belong to another time and place

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