His sentences are beautiful and his organization of voluminous material is so very palatable.
Like Wallace, Tolstoy was complicated and conflicted and saw the ambiguities and paradoxes that living a meaningful life present.
A.N. Wilson's biography of Tolstoy is quite different from a traditional by the dates hagiography.
Having read tow of Tolstoy's major works, War and Peace, and Anna Karenina, this biography gave an insight into the man, and the issues he struggled with all his life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Walsh
The only Tolstoy I’ve read is what has been excerpted in this book … so I am at a huge disadvantage to the author, A.N. Wilson. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mark jabbour
Tolstoy has had many excellent biographers, starting with Almyer Maude, and even a writer of lightweight literary biographies like Henri Troyat had done justice to a fascinating... Read morePublished 8 months ago by reading man
I bought it because of A N Wilson the author. Former prof of English at Oxford. His sentences are beautiful and his organization of voluminous material is so very palatable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard
I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. First, because it situates Tolstoy against the extraordinary events that were occurring in Russia during his lifetime, and of how he... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by John Mccarthy
A.N. Wilson's "Tolstoy: A Biography" is a crystalline depiction of one of the world's greatest novelists, yet most cruel men. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Amaranth
Have been researching Molokans in Russia. The fascinating story of this eccentric and talented man included many tidbits applicable to our family history in Samara as well as... Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by T. Isaeff
A fascinating biography,very well written!
Makes me want to read more from Tolstoy and Wilson as well!