Classics Also Quarrel: Russian Pot Pie



The rich also cry, as we all know. It is less known, however, that the classics also quarrel. We tend to perceive them as larger than life, rather not susceptible to flaws and frailties  of us, ordinary humans.  Take, for example, Leo Tolstoy, “the greatest apostle of non-violence that the present age has produced” (Mahatma Gandhi), staunch defender of the peasants’ rights, and a patriarch of a huge family.


Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Ilya Repin. 

Undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of all times, a philosopher and proponent of social justice, the barefoot Count Tolstoy had a judgmental, unforgiving personality. A brilliant officer, decorated for bravery, he became disillusioned by the tragedy of warfare, resigned his commission, and repaired to Tolstoy family estate Yasnaya Polyana.  The famous “War and Peace” epic appeared a few years later.

The Coming Out, known as “Natasha’s First Ball” from the remarkable 1967…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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