What are the best Tolstoy books?

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    #1Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

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    Shirley Lawson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I did enjoy reading this book. The pace of it was a little slow. It did however keep you wondering what was going to happen next. I also thought that the characters were well developed. "
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    #2The Death of Ivan Ilych

    The Death of Ivan Ilych
    This novella, written soon after Tolstoi's conversion to Christianity, tells the story of Ivan Ilych, an official of the Court of Justice who after falling in his own home, has no choice but no accept his death, which takes a long time to occur. 




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    Alexander Ramos
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This short story was a great introduction to Tolstoy. The book is less than a hundred pages long but provides a deep look into death and the spiritual questions and challenges a person faces before that time comes. It was a pleasure to read. "
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    #3The Cossacks

    The Cossacks
    This 1862 novel is a semi-autobiographical work from Tolstoy, in which the author tells the story of Olenin, a young many who joins the Russian army in order to live a more authentic life. He travels to the Caucasus, where he will meet a woman whose fiancée will be his best opponent to date. 



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    Emily Dunn
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is what put Tolstoy on the map, per se. It's one of his more overlooked or forgotten works, but a must read for any Tolstoy fan. "
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    #4The Kreutzer Sonata

    The Kreutzer Sonata
    This book from Leo Tolstoi digs into the marriage and jealousy concepts. Pozdnyshev, the protagonist of this book, found his wife cheating on him with a violinist. After killing her but being acquitted due to her infidelity, he seeks forgiveness from fellow passengers, who often talk about his marriage and how it ended. 



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    Willie Brewer
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "A lot of people find this book disturbing, to say the least. I think it is a masterpiece myself. A condemnation of slavery, male supremacy, Christianity, and 19th century morality, this book hits a little too close to home sometimes. A fascinating and revealing read. "
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    #5The Forged Coupon

    The Forged Coupon

    Divided in two parts, this novella written by Leo Tolstoi tells the story of Mitya, a schoolboy who needs money to pay his debts. Desperate, as his father doesn't give him money, he decides to modify a coupon, something that will set off a chain of terrible events for many people around him. 

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    Michael Ryan
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I agree this is one of the best. I had many late nights reading this book. Has a great moral too. "
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    #6A Confession

    A Confession

    This essay from Leo Tolstoy is short work about melancholia, religion and philosophy inspired by the author's mid-life existential crisis. Starting with a fable, Tolstoy begins asking questions and finding their answers, describing four possible attitudes towards the inevitable death problem. 

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    Louis Rose
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "While I do love Tolstoy, A confession is not my favorite by him. With such great books as War and Peace, Childhood, and Resurecction. I just cant fully emerge myself into this book. I was hoping for better. "
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    #7What Is Art?

    What Is Art?
    After a series of essays and texts on issues like religion and morality, Tolstoy brings a deep analysis of the nature of art, something that the author thinks that is very related with the idea of religion.




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    Pari Rangan
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Short stories by Tolstoy As an ace storyteller, all of Tolstoy's works have social engineering and injustices ingrained in feudal societies as its core. His moral worldview gets reflected in all his works. Here are a few examples. How much land does a man need? is the story of man with insatiable lust for land. Ironically, he ends up forfeiting all."
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    #8What I Believe

    What I Believe

    This is one of the many works from Leo Tolstoy dedicated to religion, one of his favorite subjects. He shares his point of view on its impact on society, how many of these beliefs are false and the devastating consequences this might have in a near future. 

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    Sean Bradley
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "For the folks out there who like a little spiritual reading, this is a nice addition to that ever growing collection."
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    #9The Kingdom of God Is Within You

    The Kingdom of God Is Within You
    The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a book about religion written by Leo Tolstoy and translated by Constance Garnett. Originally published in 1893, it postulates that Christianity is not just a religion but also a workable philosophy.
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    Christian Obrien
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One of my favorite Tolstoy books. A great book if you're into philosophical writing and learning about what drives certain people to behave the way that they do."

Summary

Best What are the best Tolstoy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anna KareninaBooks 36 Free
2The Death of Ivan IlychBooks 33 Paid
3The Cossacks Books 30 Paid
4The Kreutzer Sonata Books 28 Paid
5The Forged Coupon Books 27 Paid
6A Confession Books 24 Paid
7What Is Art? Books 22 Paid
8What I BelieveBooks 19 Paid
9The Kingdom of God Is Within YouBooks 1 Paid
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