I just finished this one, my first Tolstoy, chosen because it’s the shortest novel he wrote. The story is about a nobleman in 1880, Nekhlyudov, who finds himself on a jury. One of the accused is a woman he knew in is past, and who he wronged when he was young. While watching the trial he recalls how he treated her, and blames himself for how her life turned out. He vows to do whatever he can to help her out of her situation, as a way to earn her forgiveness.
The story, while well written and engagingly told, is not so much about the characters, but about the politics of the era. Tolstoy uses the story to rail against the justice system, the church, the rich, the prison system, and the way humans treat each other as if they are objects. There are several very eloquently written rants that feel as if they could have been written about the state of the world today.
While I enjoyed it, I probably only did so because it was preaching to the right choir, and I cheered on all his statements about the world. But for someone else not so into political thoughts, it is pretty light on drama and story.
I’ve started reading Foucault’s Pendulum, which appears to be about a group of editors who create a conspiracy for fun, but then end up believing in it themselves.
I’m just at the beginning of it, but already the type of mind to create and believe in complicated conspiracies is captured very well in the narrator. He sees so many connections and patterns between such a variety of things, that it is easy to imagine the kinds of things he might dream up.
The kinds of people who believe in such things are very interesting to me. Any thing can be believed, no matter how few real life witnesses or evidence there is. The creative mind can shift reality to interpret input in whatever way is needed to propagate the chosen idea. But how does the original idea get chosen, when any one could be believed?
It must be some internal deep appeal of certain subjects…
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The final book in the Three Body Trilogy, Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) does not disappoint. Once again my mind is reeling from the barrage of amazing ideas and concepts that blasted me one after the other after the other as I listened to this book.
I don’t even know where to begin. If you’ve read the first two, you might wonder how much bigger the ideas could get. Well, they get bigger. The end of the book left me stunned, sitting and thinking about it for quite some time. Yes I’m being vague, because you just have to read it to see.
I’m not even going to go over the plot, or the characters because they don’t matter. That might sound strange, but they really don’t that much. The focus is on all the mind-boggling stuff that happens. There were times when I thought ‘but what is the character feeling about all this? How does it affect them?’ but you know what? If he spent time to describe all that in detail, that would be one less eye-widening idea that would fit into the book.
The only disappointment for me was not ever getting to see what the Tri-Solarans looked like. We learned a lot about them, but no human character ever saw one face to face. It seemed that after dealing with them for the past two books, we should have got at least a glimpse.
Other than that, this was a very satisfying end to a very enjoyable series, and I look forward to the next book of Mr. Liu’s to be translated to English.