And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov

By Mikhail Sholokhov

And Quiet Flows the Don is the good vintage enormous novel so favorably in comparison to Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." just like the Tolstoy novel, And Quiet Flows the Don is an epic photograph of Russian lifestyles in the course of a time of main issue and examines it via political, army, romantic, and civilian lenses. It took fourteen years to accomplish. incomes the Stalin Prize, it turned the most-read paintings of Soviet fiction, promoting ten million copies. It even received the Nobel Prize in Literature. the tale strains the growth of the cossack Gregor Melekhov from younger lover to crimson military soldier.
numerous sleek Russian novelists were hailed as successors to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky yet this is the 1st person who advantages the excellence, and who while is sleek, unique and common adequate in entice seize the mind's eye of the yankee interpreting public.

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In fact, the sorts of leisure activities characters engage in—card playing, dancing, singing, piano playing, walking, conversation, letter writing, reading—may be taken in particular instances to indicate their moral fiber and social inclinations. Generally speaking, the exemplary character is one whose leisure activities imply a willingness to balance private reflection against community-minded sociability. At fault are such characters as Mr. Hurst, whose leisure suggests he lacks a capacity for autonomous thought or action, but also Mary, whose excessive attention to books and piano playing marks an untoward self-absorption.

Pride and Prejudice was published anonymously, as were the works of many women writers to whom publicity seemed indelicate, and while Austen did not court fame, she nevertheless created a stir with her first publication, Sense and Sensibility (1811). Austen’s second published novel, Pride and Prejudice, appeared at the beginning of 1813, after having been revised the previous year. A first version of the novel, the manuscript of which is now lost, had been written many years earlier, between October 1796 and August 1797.

Austen’s life appears to have been relatively untroubled, although there must have been painful episodes. The daughter of a respectable Anglican clergyman, she was the seventh of eight children in what appears to have been a happy, stable family. There were, however, financial troubles, and the Reverend George Austen was obliged to add to his income by establishing a boarding school for boys in the Austen home and by borrowing money from his sister and her husband. Further, as Austen’s biographer Claire Tomalin points out, even though the family was close, several of the children spent a considerable amount of time living away from home, which, though not unusual for the gentry and professional classes at this time, was probably disorienting for Austen and her siblings.

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