Resurrection (1899) is the last of Tolstoy’s major novels. It tells the story of a nobleman’s attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in Siberia. Tolstoy’s vision of redemption, achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence, dominate the novel.
A good introduction to Tolstoy if you don’t want to take on War and Peace, but it’s definitely not as good. The ending felt unfinished and a little vague and the characters were not as interesting as the ones in his more famous works. He seems to have a woman with a mustache in every one of his books (including this one) and it makes me laugh. Resurrection was Tolstoy’s last novel. The whole novel is pushing a moral agenda very aggressively and he kind-of hits you over the head with it. I think this novel might have been based on a true story, though I can’t say for sure where I heard that. Either way, thinking of it as a true story helps with balancing the extreme preachiness of it.
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