God Sees the Truth, But Waits engages a subject that would have suited Dostoyevsky. But Dostoyevsky would have written it with a tone of fist-waving anger and frustration, while Tolstoy wrote this story with an accepting, non-violent attitude toward the grievances described. The protagonist has been wrongly accused of murder, separated from his family for 26 years, and by circumstance meets the real murderer in Siberia. Meanwhile, he has gained an important role in the Siberian community and is trusted by the warden and prisoners alike. He spies the murderer trying to escape and is threatened, but still does not speak out when asked to by the warden. This profoundly moves the murderer, who seeks forgiveness from the protagonist, who says, “Only God can give forgiveness.” The murderer confesses, the protagonist exonerated and is ordered released from prison, but is found dead when the release notice comes - a classic Russian ending.
Public Domain (P)2011 Christina Brown
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
The story is good, but a bit simplistic and predicable and the narration drove me nuts. So far I have not liked anything by this narrator. The reading is halting and stumbling. For a buck and twenty minutes it was still worth it, but there are many better short stories.
This sounded like an amateur read through the story in one take, without even rehearsing the Russian names beforehand so as to avoid stumbling over them.
I was only able to convince myself to finish this because 1) Tolstoy is always excellent and 2) It was only 20 minutes long.
Deaver Brown has single-handedly taught me to always listen to the narrator's clip before purchasing the book. Extremely disappointed. :(
"Not well read at all."
Shame that a great writer's work can be reduced to meaningless pap by an insensitive reader. This reading is without expression or sympathy for the writing in any way.
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