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Boyhood by Leo Tolstoy
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Leo Tolstoy's "Boyhood" is a captivating coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist, Nikolai Irtenev, as he navigates the challenges and complexities of growing up. Set in 19th century Russia, the novel provides a nuanced exploration of adolescence, identity, and the search for meaning in life.

Tolstoy's writing is rich in detail and emotion, painting a vivid portrait of Nikolai's inner struggles and external experiences. The author skillfully captures the uncertainty and confusion that often accompany the journey from boyhood to manhood, offering a poignant reflection on the universal themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Throughout the novel, Nikolai grapples with his own desires and ambitions, as well as the expectations and pressures placed upon him by society. As he grapples with the complexities of his relationships with family, friends, and romantic interests, Nikolai must confront his own beliefs and values in order to find his place in the world.

Overall, "Boyhood" is a deeply moving and thought-provoking work that offers a timeless exploration of the human experience. Tolstoy's poignant prose and profound insights make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of adolescence and the search for personal fulfillment.

Book Description:
Boyhood is the second in Tolstoy's trilogy of three autobiographical novels, including Childhood and Youth, published in a literary journal during the 1850s. (Introduction by Bill Boerst)

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