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What Men Live By and Other Tales

What Men Live By and Other Tales by Leo Tolstoy
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Leo Tolstoy's collection of short stories, "What Men Live By and Other Tales", is a beautiful exploration of the human condition and the values that should guide our lives. Each story delves into deep philosophical questions, such as the true meaning of love, forgiveness, and the importance of living a purposeful life.

Tolstoy's prose is elegant and thought-provoking, with a simplicity that belies the depth of his insights. The characters in these tales are vivid and relatable, each facing their own moral dilemmas and hardships. Through their experiences, Tolstoy imparts important lessons about compassion, empathy, and the power of forgiveness.

The themes in this collection are timeless and universal, making this book a must-read for anyone searching for meaning and wisdom in a chaotic world. Tolstoy's stories remind us of the potential for goodness in all of us, and the importance of living a life guided by conscience and kindness.

Overall, "What Men Live By and Other Tales" is a poignant and moving collection that will leave readers with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of what it means to be truly human.

Book Description:

Although Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a wealthy landowner, in his later life he had what was considered a “religious awakening.” This experience went on to inform his writing and his lifestyle in profound ways. His views transcended the specifics of religion, as known in his day – so much so he came to be a helpful guide both to Mohandas Gandhi and to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The four stories in this collection ask profound questions and gently supply helpful, non-dogmatic hints to their answerings: What is the most important thing to do? Who is the most important person? When is the most important time? What is worth owning? What is the most profound religion? What rules should men live by? How much land does a man need? Who is God? What should we bother to discuss? How should we act towards one another? How should we respond to cruelty and violence? And many more. Wonderful stories written in a relaxed style.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - January 20, 2018
Subject: What Men Live By
Beautiful stories, short and to the point, some of the best stories of Tolstoy. Definitely worth listening to especially if you’ve not read Tolstoy before.

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