Day 10: My Favorite Classic
Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy is certainly one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It is the story of Prince Nekhlyudov. One day he finds himself serving on the jury at the trial of Katusha, a young woman whom he seduced and impregnated when he was younger. Dealing with her sentence he suddenly feels guilt crashing in around him. When she is sentenced to exile in Siberia he follows her hoping to achieve justice somehow.
His guilt and anger at the injustice of society thoroughly shake his world. So many of the reviews I have read on Resurrection are full of people being annoyed or surprised at the increasingly strong Biblical themes in the book. I just have to say something about that. Come on people! The title is Resurrection!
Here two of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Nekhlyudov . . . felt with his whole being a loathing for the society in which he had lived till then: that society which so carefully hides the sufferings borne by millions to assure ease and pleasure to a small minority, that the people comprising it do not and cannot see these sufferings nor the cruelty and wickedness of their own lives.”
“People whom fate and their sin-mistakes have placed in a certain position, however false that position may be, form a view of life in general which makes their position seem good and admissible. In order to keep up their view of life, these people instinctively keep to the circle of those who share their views of life and of their own place in it.”