A comprehensive biography. Tolstoy was a man of extremes and inconsistencies,
and he had a huge ego. He was at times a compulsive gambler, drinker, smoker,
philanderer, soldier, pacifist, Christian, vegetarian, temperance crusader,
slave owner, libertarian, property owner, communist, anarchist, genius, and idiot.
He knew first-hand every emotion of every character in his novels. That is
probably why he was such a great novelist.
Year Read: 1981
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