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The Kreutzer Sonata When Marshal Of The Nobility Pozdnyshev Suspects His Wife Of Having An Affair With Her Music Partner, His Jealousy Consumes Him And Drives Him To Murder Controversial Upon Publication In , The Kreutzer Sonata Illuminates Tolstoy S Then Feverish Christian Ideals, His Conflicts With Lust And The Hypocrisies Of Nineteenth Century Marriage, And His Thinking On The Role Of Art And Music In SocietyIn Her Introduction, Doris Lessing Shows How Relevant The Kreutzer Sonata Is To Our Understanding Of Tolstoy The Artist, As Well As To Feminism And Literature This Modern Library Paperback Classic Also Contains Tolstoy S Sequel To The Kruetzer Sonata


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    Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4 star rating to a massively sexist, pro Christian, anti sex, anti birth control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it All of that plot reveal is in the book s description, spoiler markers This story isn t about that basic series of events, but about a man s rationalization process concerning that quickly summarized back story, so keep your dirty mouse clicks off of my revi Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4 star rating to a massively sexist, pro Christian, anti sex, anti birth control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it All of that plot reveal is in the book s description, spoiler markers This story isn t about that basic series of events, but about a man s rationalization process concerning that quickly summarized back story, so keep your dirty mouse clicks off of my review Have I forgotten myself, or is this book incredibly well written Can I love the arrangement of the words, but detest their meaning Apparently, I am capable of divorcing myself from emotional readings of novels lectures which take the polar opposite position from mine concerning matters that are of the utmost importance to me, notably that 1 Sex is a complex and often splendidly vile thing which manifests itself in broad shapes and forms and twists and turns and varying shades between gentleness and violence, assuming all involved are consenting adults just workin their way through the various urges springing from their beastly cranial stuffings I m not here to judge, man 2 That women and men are equal as human beings, and that not everything a woman does in her daily life, from getting an education to picking up a new hobby, is directed specifically toward the goal of making as many men as possible swoon over her because she s an insecure, manipulative, cold hearted Child of Babylon I can t believe I even have to say that, but there it is 3 That viewing something as sinful because the invisible pink unicorn says so, and what s worse, trying to force others to live their lives according to that set of fabricated principles, is an ire inspiring, sad state of affairs indeed.Know what Tolstoy thinks Women are oppressed and instantly objectified by the very existence of sexuality, so they lash out by flocking men around them via literally EVERYTHING they do Sex is evil if engaged in for pleasure, even in marriage, but women don t have to worry about that because they don t want sex anyway They just use those things in their front and that other thing in between their stilts to make up for being wronged by society Point of fact, they hate sex Men love it because they are cursed with a love for it, and many of the terrible things they do, all the way down to murder, can be explained by it alone sex The closest thing to un evil that a lady can do for herself that is sex related is have children within the bounds of marriage this is their sole reason for existing anyways, right AMIRIGHTFELLAS , then move on to raise them Anything else is double, double toil and trouble The best a man can do is avoid that temptation as much as possible, admit that all of his supposed love for a woman is purely the product of icky biological needs and perverse social conditioning, and try to live an abstinent life Makes sense, right No, it doesn t.Now, I know it s dangerous to assume that an author actually believes what he says through a story s protagonist, which is why I was benefit of the doubting the hell out of this novel, and just allowing myself to be swept up in the insane ramblings of this awful specimen of human which Tolstoy constructed so remarkably well To illustrate, any time someone makes a comment about how Nabokov must have been a pedophile to write Humbert and Quilty so well, I can feel my esophagus beginning to constrict, my nails digging into my palms, and a strong urge to have a drink or twenty However, I suggest you read Tolstoy s follow up clarification of the meaning behind The Kreutzer Sonata Vague is the least appropriate word you could possibly use This is not just a character sketch of a damaged man, this is a road map concerning how to live virtuously, Tolstoy style, and all the terrible things that will happen if you don t This is like Pat Roberts roid raging, still all in love with god, but hateful of the church itself It s nauseating, really, but the fact remains that there really are people out their who think this way That alone makes it worth writing about, especially this beautifully.Regardless of the fact that I officially think the man was kind of a prick with some seriously fucking warped views, this story still breezes along, exhaustively detailing the inner workings of exactly that a seriously fucking warped prick s mind There are also some beautiful musings on the infinite importance and changing powers of music to the mind of the listener a gentle soul, that Tolstoy Almost everything else that the narrator Pozdnyshev has to say has this intense, guttural quality that hits in these never ending blasts of shrapnel My meaning this book is powerful It made me angry, it fascinated me, I couldn t stop reading it I mean, try and imagine riding on a train seemingly the longest train ride ever , and having Robert Blake suddenly sit next to you and in that creepy voice of his, say Hello, I m Robert Blake, and I m here today to admit to all of you how I actually did commit the murder of my wife for which I was acquitted, precisely how I did it, and exactly why the bitch deserved it Gather round, kids, it s story time You would listen, and not just because you re starstruck I definitely made it to the finish line, and I m stubbornly opinionated to the contrary of almost everything this book stands for.All that said, if you really do get majorly upset by these topics and aren t prepared to just fall in with Tolstoy s maddening prose while suspending the realization that he pretty much means every word, then reading this book could leave you withthan a few blown fuses May I recommend Valium with a cup of warm tea beforehand, or that you avoid this book like the plague Gentle suggestions, is all.Please keep in mind that this is my first experience with Tolstoy, and that I fully intend to read other works by him I can see that he was an extremely gifted writer, and mean no disrespect to his ardent fans All I m saying is that I m not real sure how well he and I would have gotten along discussing certain political and spiritual topics over drinks


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    I read Doris Lessing s introduction to this and I was a bit stunned, angry almost Why would a writer pen such a semi negative image of a book in her introduction, I wondered A critique, yes, but why write an introduction for it at all There is a moment when she even questions his lovemaking skills At some point one does have to ask if perhaps the trouble was really a simple one Tolstoy was no good in bed Whaaat A bit personal, no And then I read the book Ehn ehn. On a plane to Chicago I read Doris Lessing s introduction to this and I was a bit stunned, angry almost Why would a writer pen such a semi negative image of a book in her introduction, I wondered A critique, yes, but why write an introduction for it at all There is a moment when she even questions his lovemaking skills At some point one does have to ask if perhaps the trouble was really a simple one Tolstoy was no good in bed Whaaat A bit personal, no And then I read the book Ehn ehn. On a plane to Chicago, I read At the Chicago Riverwalk, flanked by pigeons, I read At a teashop, I read While waiting for my husband to end his day at a conference for lawyers, I read And then I started to be angry at myself for choosing it I threw the book on the park bench, kept walking, turned around, and came back for it It was small, fit snugly into a small backpack, seemed easy for travel, so I chose it from my home library Ehn ehn, silly mistake There I was, in a different city, no paperback to read, a few books on Audible, yes, but it still wasn t the same Alas, this is one I did not, could not complete Tolstoy wrote this during the spiritual crisis that reshaped his life He was a rationalist and moralist and his views on marriage had become skewed He stopped writing, until friends like Turgenev, on his deathbed, convinced him to keep writing Of course we re glad he did, because we have possibilities, like The Death of Ivan Ilych However, putting aside the preposterous plot, the tone of this book was disconcertingly bitter and anguished, a bit psychotic and egotistical, and just plain ignorant as relates to female sexuality Perhaps Tolstoy should have listened to his friend Chekhov when he told him he talked nonsense about female sexuality I just could not take another moment of Pozdnyshev s condescension, even if at some points he had great insight about man s hypocrisy On to the next My next planned Tolstoy reread The Death of Ivan Ilych


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    Es evidente que Tolstoi atravesaba una crisis que abarcaba lo matrimonial, lo tico y lo religioso cuando escribi este libro, dado que todas las ideas que l tiene claramente ordenadas en la cabeza repito en ese momento de su vida las plasma en la mente del verdadero narrador principal de la historia que es Pozdnishev y no el supuesto personaje que sube al tren y se mezcla en una acalorada discusi n los pasajeros que se encuentran en ese vag n.Se nota tambi n que la historia es demasiado fue Es evidente que Tolstoi atravesaba una crisis que abarcaba lo matrimonial, lo tico y lo religioso cuando escribi este libro, dado que todas las ideas que l tiene claramente ordenadas en la cabeza repito en ese momento de su vida las plasma en la mente del verdadero narrador principal de la historia que es Pozdnishev y no el supuesto personaje que sube al tren y se mezcla en una acalorada discusi n los pasajeros que se encuentran en ese vag n.Se nota tambi n que la historia es demasiado fuerte para la poca en la que fue publicada 1889 y por la violenta naturaleza de los hechos que se suceden hacia el final, adem s de la escabrosa forma que aborda ciertos temas como son el matrimonio, las relaciones sexuales dentro y fuera de este, la tica, la infidelidad y el asesinato Demasiado fuertes tal vez para una sociedad rusa que, como otras tantas, sin ser ingenuas, no estaban tan preparadas como hoy para digerir una historia tan transgresora como esta.Creo que all est el m rito de Tolstoi, quien intenta transformar este tr gico hecho ficticio en una ense anza para las generaciones posteriores, bas ndose en su propia experiencia, que abarcan el serm n de la monta a, los Evangelios y Jesucristo He le do s lo dos libros de Tolstoi, ste y La muerte de Iv n Illich y me maravillaron desde el punto de vista psicol gico y existencial Los trabaja de un modo distinto a Dostoievksi, tal vez m s simple, pero sin dejar de ahondar en la psiquis del personaje que est siendo sometido a la presi n de lo que est viviendo.En el caso de Pozdnishev, me encuentro con un personaje que relata su experiencia en forma maquinal y que m s all de lo que se apasiona por lo que cuenta, lo hace fr amente, como un raconto de sucesos a los que les agrega esa mezcla de sentimientos que lo embargaban en ese momento sumado a lo que siente hoy en el presente cuando todo pas Porque realmente, contar con lujo de detalles c mo fue pertrechando el asesinato nos da una idea de su sangre fr a al momento del relato Me record , por momentos, a Mersault, de El Extranjero.Yo personalmente percibo eso No logro detectar hasta qu punto est arrepentido, ya que no parece sufrir, con excepci n de ciertos sollozos al final de lo que cuenta, lo que tuvo que vivir Es como que acept el seguro destino que le tocar a, la prisi n y la quita de sus hijos, quienes ya crecidos, le dan vuelta la cara.Siempre es dif cil posicionarse uno en el lugar de Pozdnishev, sobre todo porque es muy complicado saber si uno llegar a a tales extremos ante la desconfianza, los celos y una posible infidelidad.Para finalizar vuelvo a reconocer la maestr a de Tolstoi al escribir una novela corta pero efectiva, adelantada a su poca por los temas que toca, narrada con fluidez, imposible de dejar de leer de principio al final si la le de un d a para otro fue por causas de fuerza mayor , con el m nimo de personajes logra un m ximo de efecto y nos da una novela contundente que dio mucha tela para cortar en 1889 y que sigue cautivando lectores a n hoy en el siglo XXI Son este tipo de libros los que hacen que un grande como Leo Tolstoy tenga la vigencia que se merece eterna


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    I read this after finishing Sofia Tolstoy s wonderful diaries because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata so exactly mirrored an episode in her life when her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together That real life episode gave the novella an extra relevance for me but otherwise I found it difficult to understand I think I prefer the Tolstoy of War and Peace and Anna Karenina to thefundamentalist Tolstoy who wrote this novella Ho I read this after finishing Sofia Tolstoy s wonderful diaries because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata so exactly mirrored an episode in her life when her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together That real life episode gave the novella an extra relevance for me but otherwise I found it difficult to understand I think I prefer the Tolstoy of War and Peace and Anna Karenina to thefundamentalist Tolstoy who wrote this novella However, this work introduced me to Beethoven s Kreutzer Sonata, a wonderful piece of music which has become a favourite I have the Itzhak Perlman version but this one is fine too


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    Well that was disturbing Not what I was expecting from Tolstoy It was the ramblings of a psychopath, which Tolstoy portrayed with way to much energy And I understand he used an actual event with his wife and a musician as the basis for this story Scary I don t know enough about Tolstoy to know his views on romance, marriage, sex, etc to make judgement s, but the views expressed and acted out by the protagonist were, as I said at the beginning, very disturbing.


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    Plainly the only reason for reading Tolstoy s Kretzer Sonate is to be able to begin the review with The Kreutzer Sonate and to end the review with The Kreutzer Sonate.As to the story I am disappointed, for which I blame Janacek.To go back to the beginning, lets imagine you are travelling on a train, it is going to be a fairly long journey,than a day, I get on and sit opposite you and begin to tell you a boring story full of tiresome ideologies I had settled on reading Ms Appletree s Iron Plainly the only reason for reading Tolstoy s Kretzer Sonate is to be able to begin the review with The Kreutzer Sonate and to end the review with The Kreutzer Sonate.As to the story I am disappointed, for which I blame Janacek.To go back to the beginning, lets imagine you are travelling on a train, it is going to be a fairly long journey,than a day, I get on and sit opposite you and begin to tell you a boring story full of tiresome ideologies I had settled on reading Ms Appletree s Iron Curtain the crushing of eastern Europe, flicking through and reading a couple of pages of Ms Apfelbaum s book ator less random convinced me that it was likely to be a deeply silly tome view spoiler in which case you may well ask why not just cut to the quick and read Mme Wolstonecraft instead hide spoiler and that I would need some strengthening beforehand before embarking upon it, my stomach suggested Tolstoy s Kreuzer Sonata, which I had never read but I knew that Janacek s first violin sonata had been inspired by it and since that is a passionate, engaging and a powerful piece of music I led my myself to believe that the work that inspired it must be at least that good After reading I m at a loss what to do with my stomach does it need some of those fancy yoghurt things with friendly bacteria, or a stiff glass of 80% spirits to kill off a billion or two microbes and enable a different floral consensus to emerge in my intestine view spoiler let me not forget that I am a federal being hide spoiler As short stories go it is a bit complicated in its structure It was first published in 1889, the edition I read has an extra section from 1890 in response to the many letters received asking me what s it all about Lev Nikolilich , this extra section is about 15% of the complete length and outlines that Tolstoy is at leastChristian than the Church, also implicitly that the only person qualified to interpret Tolstoy is his prophet Tolstoy.The main story has a narrator who may or may not be Tolstoy view spoiler probably not since the man doesn t have a servant on hand to take care of his needs hide spoiler travelling on a long train journey, one of the other passengers is a somewhat nervous and agitated fellow eager to share his opinions on love and the relative positions of men and women in society, it emerges he has a special interest in these questions because he murdered his wife in a fit of jealousy, he was acquitted by a jury of his peers on the grounds of the supposed adultery of his wife And eventually he tells the narrator the story of how he came to murder his wife with a dagger in a state of absolute clarity.I suppose my disappointment is twofold, since as a biased and limited person that I am I would have two at least expectations from the above, that the author through their literary skill puts me in a position in which I experience that state of passion and am myself a vicarious murderer since through literature we can get to live the lives that to our own good fortune we never get to live and can with Dr Johnson say upon seeing the condemned man on the way to the gallows there but for the Grace of God or historical materialism,fate, accumulated Karma, or luck go I secondly that I believe the character in the story is capable of being a murderer.As to the first I was left feeling that the story teller was simply silly, perhaps in need of a thick ear, or having his head plunged repeatedly into a barrel of cold water As to the second I could believe that he might drive his partner to suicide by jumping out of a moving train, orlikely that they d get off at the next stop wherever the hell it was, station or no, rather than endureof his babble, but a murderer Anyhow, the good Count in 1890 decided to rescue all literate humanity and tell all of us fools that the entire point of everything is that one must be a vegetarian and be celibate Otherwise you end up stabbing your wife repeatedly through her corset with a dagger obviously.Reading the details of the murderer s narration largely drawn from Tolstoy s own life, pre marital vigorous indulgence in prostitutes, marriage, frequent sex with the young peasant women of his estate, children, his wife s difficulty in breast feeding their first born, I wondered given his combination of disgust at sexual expression between men and women coupled with unrelenting intercourse with a volcanic sexual drive, if maybe homosexuality might have suited him better Then again that would probably have simply given him a completely new set of complexities and problems I recall that there was in the backwoods of Russia a sect that practised castration view spoiler the Skoptsy, seriously fiction has nothing on life hide spoiler , I don t know why, perhaps having observed that you can make a bull into an ox and a cockerel into a capon that by analogy perhaps they thought by the same means to make man into superman Well Tolstoy is what he is, from the Janacek I had constructed a different story in my imagination, a narrator noticing exchanged glances, lingering touches, and his increasingly intense reactions to these, but that isn t the story he wants to tell, or maybe preach.The change from 1877 Anna Karenina to 1889 Kreutzer Sonata is remarkable, even regressive less emotionally wide ranging, even weirder despite common elements view spoiler adultery, opium, trains, and after doing some sawing in the garden I recalled the obvious one the adulterous woman must die hide spoiler , less sympathetic to the emotional integrity of all his characters.Anyway, having finished I m all theamused by the Janacek connection given his own irrepressible adultery, which in a manner of speaking led to his death view spoiler he had a fatal heart attack while in a position of considerable intimacy with a young lady who was not his wife hide spoiler


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    What a creepy, unpleasant read Not what I expected from Tolstoy, at all.


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    Well that was a short, sharp burst of Tolstoy all wrapped up in the pleasingly presented package that is the Great Loves series by Penguin Constrained to the length of a train journey, two men sharing a carriage also share a secret One explains to the other how you can be transformed from ardent lover to cold blooded killer within a few short years of marriage So how does one make the smooth transition from Don Juan to homicidal maniac There are some fairly sexist, misogynist and antiquated Well that was a short, sharp burst of Tolstoy all wrapped up in the pleasingly presented package that is the Great Loves series by Penguin Constrained to the length of a train journey, two men sharing a carriage also share a secret One explains to the other how you can be transformed from ardent lover to cold blooded killer within a few short years of marriage So how does one make the smooth transition from Don Juan to homicidal maniac There are some fairly sexist, misogynist and antiquated views relating to women and marriage expressed in this book but I suppose it has be taken within the context of the time in which it was written I did laugh out loud when they described all women as fragile vessels though I m 6 foot tall and work in a construction led industry and spend most of my time up to my eye balls in mud and concrete while yelling at hapless builders I think Tolstoy might have found it hard to pigeon hole me in this manner The bottom line in this tale is that as a man you re forgiven your act of murder if you were driven to it by a carnal lust cos then it s just nature and not your fault or b a woman because it s a well known fact that all have secret powers to control men Essentially the pitfalls generated by women which trapped poor easily led Pozdnyshev can be summed up thusly 1 Never marry a woman on the basis that you like how she looks in a tight dress2 Don t be taken in by flirting its like female sorcery and will leave you powerless3 Don t let your wife play musical instruments with another man4 Don t even think about having sex, ever You ll end up in all sorts of trouble The whole books is an argument for abstinence and is somewhat autobiographical Tolstoy also gave his young wife a copy of his diary to read so she could understand how debauched his life was prior to their marriage and Tolstoy himself summed up his lusty tale of moral mayhem by saying Let us stop believing that carnal love is high and noble and understand that any end worth our pursuit in service of humanity, our homeland, science, art, let alone God any end, so long as we may count it worth our pursuit, is not attained by joining ourselves to the objects of our carnal love in marriage or outside it that, in fact, infatuation and conjunction with the object of our carnal love whatever the authors of romances and love poems claim to the contrary will never help our worthwhile pursuits but only hinder them Sounds like Leo was a real hoot to have around the place doesnt it Although his views on carnality do explain how he managed to father 13 kids and after reading this I now mostly just feel pretty sorry for poor old Mrs Tolstoy


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    The novella is a rant, defuse, spending its building rage in scattered directions, assaulting the numerous morbid absurdities in society, life The aim alters under its own force returning to victims already slain or contradicting what has been said A delirious but tepid Underground Man But why This is Tolstoy It being Tolstoy is part of the problem I found no way to read this story without being confined by the Master s presence, his iconic reflection The tension that this must be a strat The novella is a rant, defuse, spending its building rage in scattered directions, assaulting the numerous morbid absurdities in society, life The aim alters under its own force returning to victims already slain or contradicting what has been said A delirious but tepid Underground Man But why This is Tolstoy It being Tolstoy is part of the problem I found no way to read this story without being confined by the Master s presence, his iconic reflection The tension that this must be a strategy grew as passions rose from this fogged muddle A passion which spoke to the seething pulse beneath the thin layer of our skin The master guided the story into one of passion versus repression within the individual and society Whether penance can ever be found even if forgiveness has been received from others One man s train ride telling his story to another.As in The Death of Ivan Ilych the story ends yet blisters and burns on within my chest leaving me to smolder Love these Russian writers They have fire for blood I don t know how they settle down to write


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