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Youth [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , C. J. Hogarth
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  • File Size: 258 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082XK9X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars An inconclusive conclusion November 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Youth, originally published in 1856, is the final novel in Leo Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy of Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth. It continues the life story of Nicolas Petrovitch Irtenieff, beginning about the age of 16 and covering roughly a year of his life. I was hoping that the finale of this trilogy would really bring the events of Nicolas's life together into a cohesive narrative, but I found this volume to be, much like its predecessors, a series of observations that never really amounts to much of a story.

Youth shows some promise in the beginning, as Nicolas has reached an age where he begins to question the manner in which he will live his life as a man. He attempts to set down a code of ethics which will guide the future course of his behavior and his life. This leads the reader to believe that the novel will start to delve into the development of Tolstoy's personal philosophy, which would make for a fascinating book, but unfortunately this thread is soon abandoned. The story then moves on to Nicolas's college entrance exams, which is interesting for its historical insight into the Russian educational system, but not particularly moving. Next, the book moves to a series of social situations in which Nicolas interacts with various friends and family. These scenes are not really very engaging at all, and at times lapse into pointless description for description's sake. Along the way, Nicolas starts to gain an awareness of class and to determine his position in the social hierarchy. He also begins to question that very hierarchy, but these inklings are merely faint stirrings that never add up to much. Tolstoy treats Nicolas's social adventures with a fair degree of self-deprecating humor as he chronicles his surrogate's foolish notions, shallow vanities, and awkward faux pas.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tolstoy July 18, 2012
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He is an amazing writer, all of his books are quality reads in some way ! Not everyone can read his novels, but i think they are great !
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