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Book Title: Family Happiness and Other Stories|
The size of the: 777 KB
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: August 15th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780486440811
The author of the book: Leo Tolstoy
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Tolstoy has the ability to create a rich world full of its own detail and atmosphere within a mere 80 some pages. That alone is a gift. That aside, "Family Happiness" really made me depressed. Even though I've never been married, the issues and the dialogue in the arguments were all too familiar with what unfortunately tends to happen to many long term relationships.
The story of "Family Happiness" discusses the course of love within a relationship--- its development from "romantic love" to this sort of dumbed-down, dulled-down version of what Tolstoy considers to be the love that a marriage aspires to be-- one built on the love of the children and a shift from a romantic/desirous love for the spouse to a mutual respect for the parent of your child.
The odd part of it all for me was that the main character, Masha, was actually happy with this at the end, which made no sense to me whatsoever. The end of her romance with her husband and the birth of this new version of love, one that feels sterile and PG, and watered down was something that I cringed at by the end of the story.
If this is a happy marriage, I don't want it.
Read information about the authorLev 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 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 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
His 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.
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