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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456494899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456494896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and moral philosopher noted for his ideas of nonviolent resistance. His diary reveals an incessant pursuit of a morally justified life. He was known for his generosity to the peasants.His best known novels are War and Peace (1869), which Tolstoy regarded as an epic rather than a novel, and Anna Karenina (1877). His work was admired in his time by Dostoyevsky, Checkov, Turgenev, and Flaubert, and later by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.

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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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The lessons in this book are worth knowing, and it is very easy to read.
Diane DeArmond
Whom you're with is the most important person to listen to and the goal is always to do good.
M. DeKalb
This is a short collection of Tolstoy's stories, but it's well worth the time to read them.
darnett

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Diane DeArmond on May 12, 2007
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I am surprised when I read such a straight forward, small book by such a famous author. The lessons in this book are worth knowing, and it is very easy to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. DeKalb on March 18, 2012
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1. What Men Live By - Simon, a rather poor shoemaker finds Michael, a very enigmatic character, naked in the midst of winter. After bringing him home and teaching him his craft Michael spends the next six years with Simon and family. During this time Michael smiles only three times each to signify the learning of an important aspect of being human as it relates to God & love. Michael, the fallen angel, can gain re-ascension.

2. Three Questions - A King is attempting to gain answers for: A) when is the best time to do anything? B) who are the right people to listen to? And C) what is the most important thing to do? After meeting with a hermit and picking his brain the King learns an age-old lesson that many are still now learning - NOW is the most important time. Whom you're with is the most important person to listen to and the goal is always to do good.

3. The Coffee House of Surat - A theological argument which essentially boils down to a position that no man's conception of God can be flawed. However, the better a concept is the more likely a man is to try to be as good as that concept, and this action is incapable of being flawed.

4. How Much Land Does a Man Need? - Pahom gets a bit too greedy in his land acquisition endeavors and strives to continuously expand his lot. However, ultimately all he or any other man needs is "six feet" head to heel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By darnett on December 25, 2011
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This is a short collection of Tolstoy's stories, but it's well worth the time to read them. They will move you.
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By Amrendra on June 28, 2014
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Leo Tolstoy's philosophy still has a lot of relevance today. We run around acquiring wealth and fame around and forget to enjoy the little pleasures of life which lie around us. There is so much of greed for wealth but none for knowledge. There is so much of lust for the unknown pleasures of life but none for the known treasures that a man possesses. There is a need to draw a line somewhere.
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By BK on May 5, 2014
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There's nothing absolutely brilliant here but they're worth reading. One of the tales I didn't understand. It was about a man who kept running to claim his land. But in summary worth a look.
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By Jackson Clear on April 21, 2014
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A delight. Philosophical, spiritual and entertaining. Irony and compassion for the troubled human spirit are mixed together by the master's hand.
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By kascala on April 19, 2014
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expected something a bit more revealing-- light short reading! Human pride culprit of all discord? Wise Chinaman? Man's ambition for irrational wealth.
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If you like Tolstoy, short stories, stories that make you think, or just plain good literature, you will love this book! I won't spoil any of the content for you, but each story is different, with a different theme or moral, but each one really makes you think about life. It is a quick read, or read one story a day and savor them.
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