posted on Nov, 6 2012 @ 04:42 PM
Originally posted by dontreally
1) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
4) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5) The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
As you can see, I seem to enjoy the writings of these two titans of Russian literature, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
Dostoevsky borders on the absurd, in how his characters seem to think. He gives the advantage to the sensual, and irrational in human nature. In
short, he expresses the extremes of the human spirit. Tolstoy, conversely, as other's have noted, is a better all around writer, and his writing seems
to better convey the goals of human living.
In the end, its probably entirely subjective whom we prefer. Tolstoy is my guy.
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Although there's too many to name, these novels helped change my life and pushed me further into literature.
- Faust by Goethe (all-time favorite)
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (loved "Notes from the underground" as well, but more of a novella.)
- Candide by Voltaire (more of a novella)
- Gulliver's Travels by Swift
- Brideshead Revisited by Waugh
- Lolita by Nabakov (added for the most beautiful prose)
Heart of Darkness - Conrad
Catch-22 - Heller
Satyricon - Petronius
1984 - Orwell
Slaughterhouse 5 - Vonnegut
I also love the prose James Joyce but sadly not too much of his content.
ETA: I haven't read any Tolstoy, but due to your recommendation, I will be picking up his books.
ETA2: Oh and "The Man who was Thursday" by Chesterton is one of the few books which made me laugh out loud.
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