At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride. In my writings I did exactly as in life. In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal the good, and to display the bad. And so I did.
Tolstoy’s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life’s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy’s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.
Easy to read (listen to) as Tolstoy is such a clear writer. He explains how he came to his Christian faith only after examining the depths of despair where suicide is the only rational option.
Lots to ponder here. I'll probably read it again someone as it is fairly short. I've always admired his pacifist credo and political attitudes. Now I understand better his religious beliefs. A great man.
The narrator is terrific. He keeps your attention.
For those facing depression, for those with questions why should I continue, what's it all for... Tolstoy faces his dark existence in an apocalyptic Russia and finds a reason for living. A must read for those going through bleak times, for those who no longer have a rug under them to be pulled out from beneath them.
My first Tolstoy book and it was worth it. Wonderfully narrated and performed. Not for the shallow hearts but for those that run deep.
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