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Background of one of the most turbulent periods in her country’s history as old feudal Russia was transformed by three revolutions and three major international warsYet it is as Sofia Tolstoy’s own life story the study of one woman’s private. She was such an interesting person and her diaries convey this I absolutely loved this book

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Experience that these diaries are most valuable and moving They reveal a woman of tremendous vital energy and poetic sensibility who in the face of provocation and suffering continued to strive for the higher things in life and to remain indomitable. The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy are just that the personal diaries of the wife of Count Lev Nikolavevich Tolstoy or as most of us know him Leo Tolstoy This book is no walk in the park It s big and tedious but in between all of those days with mundane entries there are some pretty amazing ones and those are what make this book stand outWe get an inside look at what Tolstoy was like how it was to live with this genius how life in Russia was at this turbulent stage in that country s history and the struggle many women have with trying to be everything Because that is exactly what Sophia did everything She raised the children took care of the peasants kept track of the planting and harvesting payment of workers managed Tolstoy s publishing and printing did all of his copying made clothing for her familythis woman had no time to herself except for when she wrote in her diary It was no surprise that she felt suicidal Her husband hated that his copyrights weren t given to the people He hated that he lived in a large house with servants He raved about this and said he would be better off without all of it and preached this to his followers yet he never did a thing to change any of it He constantly berated Sophia for being materialistic but never once thought of how else they would manage to feed their children they had 13 5 died in infancy or childhood And through all of this it seems that only she sees how contradictory and hypocritical his views were when one looked at how he lived She struggles most with how much of herself she s given to her family and how little of it she has left for herself She writes Everyone asks But why should a worthless woman like you need an intellectual artistic life To this I can only reply I don t know but eternally suppressing it to serve a genius is a great misfortune

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After marrying Count Leo Tolstoy the renowned author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace Sofia Tolstoy kept a detailed diary until his death in 1910 Her life was not an easy one she idealized her husband but was tormented by him She lived against the. I could only read this book in smaller doses Sofia s life is full of pain sorrow anguish fearor was it that bad Sofia herself said that she only writes in her diary when she s feeling sad lonely mad depressed etc There are large gaps of missing timewere these the good times of her life when she laughed and enjoyed it At the beginning of each diary is a short telling of what was going on in Russia and in Leo s life what he was writing thinking doing Yet in Sofia s diary these things are not often mentioned Her diary is full of children lessons darning teaching sewing household choreseveryday life What I found fascinating was what wasn t written These diaries have made me interested in reading biographies of both Leo and Sofia Sofia was a strong woman of her time I d like to find out about her Recommended but with a caution this is not easy reading It s sorrowful


10 thoughts on “The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

  1. says:

    I didn't read the whole thing I stopped at about the same time Sofia stopped being pregnant all the time and Lev started having his spiritual awakening What I got out of this is that the two never should have gotten married in the first plac

  2. says:

    Sophia Behrs was only 18 when she was introduced to the 34 year old Count Leo Tolstoy in 1862 and by the Septemb

  3. says:

    I could only read this book in smaller doses Sofia's life is full of pain sorrow anguish fearor was it that bad?

  4. says:

    I've a fondness for reading diaries this one is uite good Besides it's fun to say 'I'm currently reading Tolstoy

  5. says:

    She writes “Everyone asks ‘But why should a worthless woman like you need an intellectual artistic life?’ To this I can only reply ‘I don’t know but eternally suppressing it to serve a genius is a great misfortune’ ” Though Sofia's frayed nerves and endless crying scenes got a bit tedious I really enjoyed getting to see her life and all its contradictions so closely As these diaries which span than half century demo

  6. says:

    She was such an interesting person and her diaries convey this I absolutely loved this book

  7. says:

    Sophia and Lev Tolstoy surrounded by eight of their childrenSophia went to live at Tolstoy's estate of Yasnaya Polyana after her marriage She was eighteen he was thirty four The couple had thirteen children in all—five didn't surv

  8. says:

    The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy are just that the personal diaries of the wife of Count Lev Nikolavevich Tolstoy or as most of us know him Leo Tolstoy This book is no walk in the park It's big and tedious but in between all of those days with m

  9. says:

    I've actually read the introduction and the first 20 pages or so of this book; just grabbed it up when I saw it at the bookstoreI've read enough to confirm my existing impression that Tolstoy the finest novelist of his age and place was a rot

  10. says:

    The book I read was actually Любовь и бунт Love and Rebel but I couldn't find it on goodreads so The book is mostly a diary by Sofia Tolstaya for just one year 1910 the year Lev Tolstoy ran away from his estate and his wife and died several days later from pneumonia With his wife being banned from the room he was dying in

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