RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”:  The Meaning of Existence

“Then, for the first time, realizing that for every man, and himself too, there was nothing ahead but suffering, death, eternal oblivion, he had decided that to live under such conditions was impossible – he must either find an explanation to the problem of existence which would make life seem other than the cruel ironyContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”:  The Meaning of Existence”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”: Love and Jealously

“In her eyes Vronsky, with all his habits, ideas, desire – his whole spiritual and physical temperament could be summed up in one thing – love for women – and this love, which she felt ought to be wholly concentrated on her was diminishing. Therefore she reasoned, he must have transferred part of it to otherContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”: Love and Jealously”

RKS Literature: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”: Count Vronsky’s Code of Principles

“Vronsky’s life was particularly happy in that he had a code of principles, which defined with unfailing certitude what should and should not be done. This code of principles covered only a very small circle of contingencies, but in return the principles were never obscure, and Vronsky, as he never went outside that circle, hadContinue reading “RKS Literature: Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenin”: Count Vronsky’s Code of Principles”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenin; Count Vronsky’s View of Himself

“In his Petersburg world people were divided into two quite distinct classes. One – the lower class – commonplace, stupid, and above all, ridiculous people, who believed that a husband should live with the one woman to whom he was married, that young girls should be virtuous, woman chaste and men virile, self-controlled and strong;Continue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenin; Count Vronsky’s View of Himself”

RKS Literature: “Gotcha” by Robert Fulford

“In the same way literature offers us the opportunity to escape the two most pressing forms of bondage in our normal existence: time and ego. Emotionally and intellectually , literature dissolves the rules of time and beckons us toward Periclean Athens, Czarist Russia, Elizabethan England, and a thousand other moments of the past. By lengtheningContinue reading “RKS Literature: “Gotcha” by Robert Fulford”

RKS Literature: from Peter Carey’s Short Story “A Letter to Our Son”

“The obstetrician’s statement was not of course categorical and not everyone who has cancer dies, but Alison was, at that instant confronting the fear that we fear most. When the doctor said those words, it was like a dream or nightmare. I heard them said. And when we hugged each other-when the doctor had gone-weContinue reading “RKS Literature: from Peter Carey’s Short Story “A Letter to Our Son””

RKS Literature Passage of the Day: Isabel Allende’s Short Story “Two Words”

“The day Belisa Crepusculario found out that words fly about loose, with no master, and that anyone with a little cunning can catch them and start a trade. She reflected on her own situation, and realized that, other than becoming a prostitute in a rich man’s kitchen, there were few jobs that she could do.Continue reading “RKS Literature Passage of the Day: Isabel Allende’s Short Story “Two Words””

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: David Nicholls “One Day ” 

“But not that much joy, and this year it seems that every time she leaves the house some new infant is being jammed in her face. She feels the same dread as when someone produces a brick sized pile of their holiday snaps; great that you had a nice time, but what’s that got toContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: David Nicholls “One Day ” “

RKS Literature: Mikhail Sholokhov “Virgin Soil Upturned”

“Yes, you are right there. Wait a little then, don’t join yet. Well fight relentlessly against all shortcomings in the collective farm; all the collars will be fitted to the right horses. But if you see your old bullocks in your sleep, then you can’t be in the Party. You must come into the PartyContinue reading “RKS Literature: Mikhail Sholokhov “Virgin Soil Upturned””

RKS Literature: On the Verge of Death

“Watching Sophie with her breath misting the inside of the translucent green breathing mask. There was a terrible acceleration. The idea that Sophie could die had always been there, ever since the first diagnosis, and yet it had seemed like a bad place on the map, an Ivory Coast, somewhere not urgently frightening because fearContinue reading RKS Literature: On the Verge of Death