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Publisher's Summary

Leo Tolstoy stands tall among the great Russian novelists of the 19th century. Tolstoy based Resurrection, the last of his novels, on a true story of a philanderer whose misuse of a beautiful young orphan girl leads to her ruin. Fate brings the two together many years later, and the meeting awakens the man's moral conscience. Anger, intimacy, forgiveness, and grace result. While the situation of Tolstoy's plot is alien to most people, his nuanced treatment of mortal life is familiar to all. Later in his life Tolstoy confessed that he earlier had seduced two young girls for his pleasure. Perhaps his own deeds and their horrible consequences motivated him to write this novel with special passion. It is a particularly moving tale.
Tolstoy's Resurrection is marvelous in the fullest sense of the word - a story so improbable that it must be a miraculous achievement.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on 09-26-09

Vance is Wonderful!

First of all, Simon Vance is a wonderful reader. He does a brilliant job with the long Russian names which made this a pleasure to listen to. And the first half of the book I found completely captivating -- Tolstoy is an excellent writer and I loved his humor and detail. However, I'm afraid I lost interest during the second part of the book as I felt there were many new characters constantly being introduced who did not add to the story. I guess I was also a bit disappointed with the ending, but I guess it was a rather gutsy thing to write at the time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Lacy on 04-20-16

Wonderful story full of humanity and empathy

Would you listen to Resurrection again? Why?

Yes because it has so much wisdom and insight at man's inhumanity to man.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist.

Any additional comments?

Every person should read this novel. They say reading literature teaches people empathy. This is a primary example.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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