Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The customs, the foods and the manner of life in the small villages located there. He is certainly NOT the central character, but for me he is the essence of the whole story. The desire for happiness is innate in every man; therefore it is legitimate
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At such times it seems to him that there is nothing on earth more splendid and interesting than himself. It combines Tolstoy's philosophy with his religious moralizing with his love of the land and the simplicity of nature and those close to it.
This minor masterpiece is full of Tolstoy's fascination with the Cossacks both men and women and the Chechen braves abreks , his love of the mountains, rivers, and flora and fauna of the Caucuses. There is part of 'The Cossacks' that reminded me of an early Hemingway novel: View all 6 comments. For me as a programmer, going from reading most fiction to reading Tolstoy is like going from writing Java to writing Ruby.
It just feels right, I feel more relaxed and at one with the world. I can't think of another author that apparently understands the thoughts and motivations of such a large swath of humanity and communicates them so simply and perfectly.
The Cossacks isn't as expansive as War and Peace or as dramatic as Anna Karenina , but it is a story worth reading. It has its share of susp For me as a programmer, going from reading most fiction to reading Tolstoy is like going from writing Java to writing Ruby. It has its share of suspense and murder, of philosophy and humor of nature and depravity, of love and heaving bosoms and of course, beautiful writing.
At first I was bored. Then I was willing to finish. Then I loved every character. Then I started to admire Tolstoy. When it ended I was astounded. The Cossacks was an honest account of a young man's life on the road, albeit a rich young man. You leave home thinking you're gonna show the world what it means to be alive - the world shows you that you have yet to even begin living.
The road exposes us as children and Tolstoy accurately delivers this sentiment. We lay our heads down in a new place a At first I was bored. We lay our heads down in a new place and awake thinking we've grown but when it comes time to leave again we see that we've overestimated our growth.
The Cossacks is simple and balances perfectly a matter-of-fact attitude with sincere passions. It is a difficult feeling to be alive, to love, to hunt, to fear, and to be conscious of having to find one's place in all this. View all 4 comments. I liked some aspects of the novel, particularly one character - Eroshka! He is certainly NOT the central character, but for me he is the essence of the whole story. He is the only one that understands how to live life. Nobody else gets it.
It is a bit slow and the focus on a love affair left me cold. There was no passion. I want some passion if I am to follow a love story. Again, look at how Eroshka lives his life. For me, everything circles back to Eroshka. Not L Three stars!
Not Lukashka and not Maryanka either. There is a love triangle - Dimitri, Lukashka and Maryanka. Who will get Maryanka and where does Mayanka's love lie?
Eroshka is the uncle of Lukashka. I am not going to give you the whole story. The love affair plays out in the Cauacasus. Chechnya to be more exact, in a small village along the Terek River. Fighting between Russians and Chechens has been going on for centuries AND Russia was again seeking to expand its borders. What I enjoyed was the historical aspect. The book depicts life in Chechnya back in the middle s.
The customs, the foods and the manner of life in the small villages located there. It is said that the book is semi-autobiographical, based on Tolstoy's own experiences fighting in the Caucasus during the last years of the Caucasian War The book was first published in and is said to be Turgenev's favorite by Tolstoy. The audiobook I listened to was narrated by David Thorn. It was OK, but sometimes I had a hard time hearing the Russian names. He mumbles a bit, but you do get it! An absolute masterpiece by Tolstoy, and a less intimidating work than the later, monstrously long novels he is better known for.
Dmitri Olenin is a young man who has ruined himself through gambling and scandalous love affairs, so he buys a commission in the Russian army and gets sent to the the Caucasus, where troops simultaneously protect the Cossack minority and seek to subdue the Chechens and other groups on Russia's imperialist frontier.
Despite being written on the other side of the contine An absolute masterpiece by Tolstoy, and a less intimidating work than the later, monstrously long novels he is better known for. Despite being written on the other side of the continent, The Cossacks shares a worldview with British and French literature dealing with imperialist regions. Olenin sees both the Chechens and the Cossacks as less civilized and simpler, but he also comes to see the Cossack way of life as preferable--he believes that culture has numbed Russians to the true joys of life and that the Cossacks, who farm, hunt, drink great quantities of homemade wine, fight skirmishes with enemies, and love with passion, live in the present and therefore more fully.
Much of the book deals with Olenin's desire to marry a local girl and to befriend the young men of the village--in short, to become a Cossack. But how to become "simple" when you've already been "civilized"? He believes that he can understand Marianka, a young beauty, but that she can't understand him because of her simplicity--does this create an unbridgable rift between them, or is this duality even valid?
Subtle, emotional, and thoughtful. A short novel, yet very compact. At glance first I thought it was rather short to be so famous, but having completed it I think it's just the right length.
The author seems to have resisted the temptation to provide too much information, and supplies just enough to tell his story. The story is that of a privileged young man from the capital, who, disillusioned with his life of selfish ease, decides to go and fight in Chechnya. There he enters into the local way of life with enthusiasm, only to d A short novel, yet very compact.
There he enters into the local way of life with enthusiasm, only to discover at the end that he will never find what he is looking for, and that his wealthy background has cut him off forever from the true, traditional Russian way of life, that can only be experienced by the poor.
The author very skilfully weaves his tale, introducing characters and settings step by step, allowing them to develop individually and interact, before exposing them to the final, tragic and irremediable culture clash that is Russian society, even today.
My only disappointment was the lack of detailed description of the Chechens - but that is hardly surprising, given the author was Russian; and given the Chechens themselves only play the part of backdrop in the book, constituting the wild frontier against which the tale is told. Nevertheless, when I was working in Chechnya in the s I heard Tolstoj spoken of with appreciation for his portrayal of them as noble savages. This book is rightly a classic.
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Kazaklar has 5, ratings and reviews. Darwin8u said: “A man is never such an egotist as at moments of spiritual ecstasy. At such times it seems to /5. Kazaklar may refer to: Kazaklar, Arsky District, Republic of Tatarstan, a village in Arsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia Kazaklar, Vysokogorsky District, Republic of Tatarstan, a village (selo) in Vysokogorsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Kazaklar romaninin kahramani Olenin, Moskova'nin kibar cevreleri etrafinda donup durmaktan sikilmis, farkli hayatlarin pesine duserek yeni bir hayata baslamak istemistir. Bu arayisin sonunda Olenin orduya yazilip Kafkaslar'a gider ve buradaki bir koyde Kazaklar'in yasamina tanik fabulousdown4allb7.cf: Serhan Nuriyev Lev Nikolayevic Tolstoy.