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Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
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Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy is a profound and emotionally charged novel that delves into themes of moral redemption, social justice, and the power of compassion. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, the story follows the transformation of Prince Dmitrii Ivanovich Nekhliudov, a wealthy and privileged nobleman who experiences a crisis of conscience after serving on a jury that condemns an innocent young woman to a life of exile.

As Nekhliudov seeks to atone for his past mistakes and help the woman he wronged, he becomes increasingly disillusioned with the corrupt and oppressive system that governs society. Through his journey of self-discovery and personal growth, Tolstoy offers a searing critique of the injustices and inequality that plague Russian society, as well as a powerful plea for moral awakening and social reform.

Tolstoy's writing is characterized by its depth, complexity, and emotional resonance. The novel is grounded in richly drawn characters, vivid descriptions of the Russian landscape, and philosophical reflections on the nature of faith, love, and the human condition. Although the pacing can be slow at times, Tolstoy's masterful storytelling and keen insights into the complexities of human nature make Resurrection a timeless and thought-provoking work of literature.

Overall, Resurrection is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that challenges readers to confront their own beliefs and values, while also offering a stirring testament to the transformative power of love, forgiveness, and moral courage. It is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the depths of the human soul and grappling with the moral dilemmas of our time.

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Book 1. Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy's major fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of institutionalized church. It was first published serially in the magazine Niva as an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. The story concerns a nobleman named Nekhlyudov, who seeks redemption for a sin committed years earlier. His brief affair with a maid resulted in her being fired and ending up in prostitution. The book treats his attempts to help her out of her current misery, but also focuses on his personal mental and moral struggle.

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - February 19, 2017
I am fascinated by the creative mind of Leo Tolstoy again in this novel, just like I have been by his other writings. However, this book was read by many volunteers and some of them are not native English-speaking readers whose pronunciation are difficult to understand. As such, it dampened the pleasure of listening and reading a book.

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