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This is a heartwarming tale of redemption after a life of sin and pleasure; it was Tolstoy’s last major novel in the course of his lifetime. The tale is poignant and one that resonates to this day for obvious reasons. Tolstoy manages to showcase the hypocrisies inherent in our own society with this novel but offers us  a slim chance of hope by underscoring our perpetual need for redemption. A classic Tolstoy book which is why it hogs the list as one of Leo Tolstoy’s best books

What makes this book stand out?

the sheer prose and the beautiful way by which Tolstoy had developed his basic premise

Read it for

a good narrative with strong characters

Don't read it for

if you are not into Tolstoy you may want to give this a miss

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