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After marrying Count Leo Tolstoy the renowned author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace Sofia Tolstoy kept a detailed diary until his death in 1910 Her life was not an easy one she idealized her husband but was tormented by him She lived against the. I could only read this book in smaller doses Sofia s life is full of pain sorrow anguish fearor was it that bad Sofia herself said that she only writes in her diary when she s feeling sad lonely mad depressed etc There are large gaps of missing timewere these the good times of her life when she laughed and enjoyed it At the beginning of each diary is a short telling of what was going on in Russia and in Leo s life what he was writing thinking doing Yet in Sofia s diary these things are not often mentioned Her diary is full of children lessons darning teaching sewing household choreseveryday life What I found fascinating was what wasn t written These diaries have made me interested in reading biographies of both Leo and Sofia Sofia was a strong woman of her time I d like to find out about her Recommended but with a caution this is not easy reading It s sorrowful

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The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

Experience that these diaries are most valuable and moving They reveal a woman of tremendous vital energy and poetic sensibility who in the face of provocation and suffering continued to strive for the higher things in life and to remain indomitable. I ve actually read the introduction and the first 20 pages or so of this book just grabbed it up when I saw it at the bookstoreI ve read enough to confirm my existing impression that Tolstoy the finest novelist of his age and place was a rotten person at least to live withLooking forward to seeing how Sonia Tolstaya struggled to reconcile her own desires with being a good wife to Tolstoy and a good mother to their nine surviving childrenOn EditI never finished this book No than 50 pages or so It was just too depressing These are Sofia s own diaries and they are filled with her depression unhappiness and even despair Tolstoy treated her terribly she lost children to death she took Tolstoy s dictation and copied clean copies of his manuscripts for him and raised and taught the children many children and ran the household and entertained the guests and managed the money and the budgetand Tolstoy gave her credit for none of it He was a genius on the page but a jerk in lifeI couldn t read any I have just finished The Wives which covers the same ground plus several writers and their wives but it was third person and much shorter I couldn t face several hundred pages of such unhappiness The wives of the other writers actually seemed much happier or at least content than Sofia Tolstoy Come to think of it none of them had to deal with constant childbearing as she did in addition to everything else Perhaps that helped them cope

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Background of one of the most turbulent periods in her country’s history as old feudal Russia was transformed by three revolutions and three major international warsYet it is as Sofia Tolstoy’s own life story the study of one woman’s private. She writes Everyone asks But why should a worthless woman like you need an intellectual artistic life To this I can only reply I don t know but eternally suppressing it to serve a genius is a great misfortune Though Sofia s frayed nerves and endless crying scenes got a bit tedious I really enjoyed getting to see her life and all its contradictions so closely As these diaries which span than half century demonstrate it s not your average woman who is responsible for darning Leo Tolstoy s socks as well as proofing the first draft of War and Peace


10 thoughts on “The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

  1. says:

    I didn't read the whole thing I stopped at about the same time Sofia stopped being pregnant all the time and Lev started having his spiritual awakening What I got out of this is that the two never should have gotten married in the first plac

  2. says:

    Sophia Behrs was only 18 when she was introduced to the 34 year old Count Leo Tolstoy in 1862 and by the September of the same year they were married in Moscow On the eve of their wedding Leo Tolstoy asked his bride to be to read his diaries in which he describes his sexual relationships with serfs a love affair with one young woman in particular who bore him a child and his homosexual leanings The young Sophia was both

  3. says:

    I could only read this book in smaller doses Sofia's life is full of pain sorrow anguish fearor was it that bad? Sofia herself said that she only writes in her diary when she's feeling sad lonely mad depressed etc There are large gaps of missing timewere these the good times of her life when she laughed and enjoy

  4. says:

    I've a fondness for reading diaries this one is uite good Besides it's fun to say 'I'm currently reading Tolstoy Sofia Tolstoy'

  5. says:

    She writes “Everyone asks ‘But why should a worthless woman like you need an intellectual artistic life?’ To this I can only reply ‘I don’t know but eternally suppressing it to serve a genius is a great misfortun

  6. says:

    She was such an interesting person and her diaries convey this I absolutely loved this book

  7. says:

    Sophia and Lev Tolstoy surrounded by eight of their childrenSophia went to live at Tolstoy's estate of Yasnaya P

  8. says:

    The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy are just that the personal diaries of the wife of Count Lev Nikolavevich Tolstoy or as most of us know him Leo Tolstoy This book is no walk in the park It's big and tedious but in between all of those days with mundane entries there are some pretty amazing ones and those are what make this book stand o

  9. says:

    I've actually read the introduction and the first 20 pages or so of this book; just grabbed it up when I saw it at the bookstoreI've read enough to confirm my existing impression that Tolstoy the finest novelist of his age and place was a rotten person at least to live withLooking forward to seeing how Sonia Tolstaya struggled to reconcile her own desires with being a good wife to Tolstoy and a good mother t

  10. says:

    The book I read was actually Любовь и бунт Love and Rebel but I couldn't find it on goodreads so The book is m