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The Three Questions
Jon J. Muth
0439199964
Mar 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends--a heron, a monkey, and a dog--try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" Leo doesn't answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai's visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.

Award-winning illustrator Jon J Muth's lovely watercolors are the most appealing aspect of this book about compassion and living in the moment. The simple Zen-based profundity of the boy's philosophical exploration may escape young readers, but they will enjoy the tale of a child who, in doing good deeds (for a panda and her baby, no less!), finds inner peace. Muth based...



The Kingdom of God Is Within You: Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion but as a New Theory of Life (Library of Essential Reading Series)
Leo Tolstoy
0760765529
January 2005
Paperback
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Leo Tolstoy
0553210351
Jan 1981
Paperback
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Review
?No one has ever excelled Tolstoy in expressing that specific flavor, the exact quality of a feeling.? ?Isaiah Berlin


From the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face to face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's life, a nine-year period following the publication of...


Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593081774
September 2004
Hardcover
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Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080271
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless...


Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy
0060586974
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The brilliant shorter novels of Tolstoy, including The Death of Ivan Ilych and Family Happiness, collected and reissued with a beautiful updated design. Of all Russian writers Leo Tolstoy is probably the best known to the Western world, largely because of War and Peace, his epic in prose, and Anna Karenina, one of the most splendid novels in any language. But during his long lifetime Tolstoy also wrote enough shorter works to fill many volumes. Here reprinted in one volume are his eight finest short novels, together with "Alyosha the Pot", the little tale that Prince Mirsky described as "a masterpiece of rare perfection."

About the Author
Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828. He died in 1910 having written some of the most timeless works in all of literature, including War and Peace,...


A Confession
Leo Tolstoy
0486438511
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Confession is Leo Tolstoy's memoir of midlife spiritual crisis. In 1879, having written War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the 51 year-old Tolstoy began to believe that his life was meaningless. Confession is his account of the limited satisfactions he derived from his aesthetic and intellectual triumphs, and of his first yearnings for real faith. This book marks the turning point in his career as a writer: after 1880 he would write almost exclusively about religious life, especially devotion among the peasantry (in works such as The Death of Ivan Ilych and Resurrection). Near the end of Confession, Tolstoy describes the desolation he felt upon deciding that he could not solve his crisis of faith by taking refuge in the church. "I have no doubt that there is truth in the doctrine," he writes, "but there can also be no doubt...


War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
0679600841
May 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Thanks to British narrator Frederick Davidson's performance, it is safe to say that there will not be a better recording of Tolstoy's masterpiece for some time. The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five familiesAsome peasant, some aristocraticAamid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. The impressive dialog sparkles with humor and wit, and the vivid scenes of battle are riveting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th...


The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories
Leo Tolstoy
0451528808
March 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Murder, greed, lust, vanity, love-four of Tolstoy's most famous and essential stories in one volume.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian


Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
0553213466
June 1984
Paperback
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Amazon.com
Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Tolstoy's novel dramatized by BBC Radio. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080697
January 2004
Paperback
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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
0375760644
July 2002
Paperback
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Review
“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?” —Virginia Woolf

Review
?There remains the greatest of all novelists?for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?? ?Virginia Woolf

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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
0451523261
Aug 1968
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Library Journal
Thanks to British narrator Frederick Davidson's performance, it is safe to say that there will not be a better recording of Tolstoy's masterpiece for some time. The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five familiesAsome peasant, some aristocraticAamid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. The impressive dialog sparkles with humor and wit, and the vivid scenes of battle are riveting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th...


Anna Karenina (Pevear and Volokhonsky Translation)
Leo Tolstoy
0143035002
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

Book Description
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against...


War and Peace (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080735
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The most famous—and perhaps greatest—novel of all time, Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.


The Gospels in Brief (Library of Essential Reading Series)
Leo Tolstoy
0760757623
October 2004
Paperback
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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
0345472403
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Review
“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?”
—Virginia Woolf

Review
?There remains the greatest of all novelists?for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?? ?Virginia Woolf


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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