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The Cossacks

Leo Tolstoy

Book Overview: 

The Cossacks is an unfinished novel which describes the Cossack life and people through a story of Dmitri Olenin, a Russian aristocrat in love with a Cossack girl. This text was acclaimed by Ivan Bunin as one of the finest in the language.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I say, have you any chikhir? Let me have a drink, there's a good man. I'm really quite done up. When the time comes I'll bring you some fresh meat, I really will. Give me a drink!' he added.

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بترجمة سامي الدروبي ، أجمل في الرواية في نظري هو ذلك الوصف الرائع لحياة القوزاق وجبالهم وعاداتهم ، من جهة أخرى ذلك الصراع في داخل البطل بين حياة الزيف في موسكو وحياة الطبيعة الأولى في تلك الأرض وذلك الحوار الدائر باستمرار في عقله وقلبه بين الانجراف نحو حياة اللهو المعتادة وبين الالتزام بالمباديء...more

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 wha...more

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...more

“A man is never such an egotist as at moments of spiritual ecstasy. At such times it seems to him that there is nothing on earth more splendid and interesting than himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Cossacks

This is one Tolstoy that is easily overlooked, but shouldn't be missed. It combines Tolstoy's ph...more

داستان ساده و روانی بود از پسری اصیل زاده که به قزاق میره دوست داره مثل اونها زندگی کنه همونجا عاشق یک دختر قزاقی میشه و ادامه داستان....more

This didn't really seem like the typical Russian novel-only a handful of characters, short chapters, aspects of a love story. Not what I expected. It was good but probably bot typical Tolstoy.

اذا اردت ان تعرف عادات وتفاليد شعب فاقرا لتولستوي
اذا اردت ان تعرف كيف يتم حدث ما فاقرا لتولستوي
يجعلك تعيش الحدث فتحس انك قوزاقي وانك تقوم بالصيد لا ابطال القصة
رائع في توضيح النوازع النفسية للبشر وانتقاد عادات وتقاليد شعبه والاستهانة بها
كتاب يستحق القراءه

أتممت هذه الرواية ليلة أمس.. وأصبحت أشعر بالضيق والحزن.. لم أعرف السبب في البداية.. ولكن بعد أن أبصرت الرواية على السرير ابتسمت!

لقد تمكن الكاتب من نقل المشاعر من أسطر روايته إلى عقلي، وأعتبر هذا إنجازاً في حد ذاته، "أولنين" أحزنني تيهه ، ولا أعرف أي مشاعر أحملها له، البقية لم أهتم بهم كثيرا، وإن...more

كم أحب تولستوي ...

" تصلني من روسيا رسائل تعبرعن الشفقة علي والرثاء لحالي ، انهم يخافون علي أن أفنى مدفونا في هذا الركن النائي من الأرض يقولون عني أنه سوف يختبل ويبتله ويفقد الاهتمام بكل شيء "

" لابد للمرء أن يكون قد عرف بالمعاناة مرة واحدة على الأقل ماهي الحياة في كل جمالها الطبيعي يجب أن يكون قد...more

Three stars! 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 affa...more

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