Family Happiness and Other Stories, Paperback

Family Happiness and Other Stories Paperback

Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780486440811


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The young woman Masha falls in love with a former friend of her deceased father. They marry and at first they are happy together.But soon she’s bored, bothered and bewildered in her new married life. Does she really love her husband - does he love her? Is this all there is to married life? He’s all kindness yet it’s not enough for her - specially not when she’s introduced to the exciting social life in Sct. Petersburg. They drift apart and she flirts with an Italian adventurer. What, Tolstoy seems to ask, was the reason for the unhappiness that crept into this seemingly perfect marriage? And is there a way back to the former state of happiness? The novella works best in the beginning with all the youthful hopes and dreams, desires and delights. It was difficult for me to understand Masha and her unhappiness. This is not one of Tolstoy’s best stories - but still a fairly good read.

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