Tolstoy Lied

Tolstoy Lied

A Love Story

Book - 2006
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"Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” To Tracy Farber, thirty-three, happily single, headed for tenure at a major university, and content to build a life around friends and work, this celebrated maxim is questionable at best. Because if Tolstoy is to be taken at his word, only unhappiness is interesting; happiness must be as placid and unmemorable as a daisy in a field of a thousand daisies. Having decided to reject the petty indignities of dating, Tracy focuses instead on her secret project: to determine whether happiness can be interesting, in literature and in life, or whether it can be -- must be -- a plant with thorns and gnarled root" -- Inside cover.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
ISBN: 9780618546695
0618546693
Branch Call Number: Fic Kadi
Characteristics: viii, 325 p. ; 24 cm.

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Einekatze11
Apr 10, 2014

The premise for this book is a complete lie - the main character is not happy. She is obviously bitter about being single. Then the perfect man shows up and at the end of the book they get married. Surprise surprise. Without problems, there would be no story and therefore Tolstoy did not lie. The writing along the way was unrealistic and lame, in spite of the author's MA in literature and her being a writer-in-residence at Stanford. She should not have been allowed to affiliate herself with a truly great writer like Tolstoy.

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