2020 Book Review: What Men Live By and Other Tales Leo Tolstoy

This book contains short stories that are meant to be–moral tales. I have read a little from Tolstoy, but this grouping is one of the few books I have read. I read it several years ago and as I’ve not really mentioned it before I figured it’d be ideal for this year of book reviewing. Each story is different with its own lesson to teach.

It was one of those books I wanted to know more of what others thought, what they gained for themselves after reading it and I read online that some took it as a long story broken up into different shorter ones whereas some thought of it as separate individual tales with separate lessons.

Since this is my review and not me rehashing other thoughts as a review my thoughts are that each story contains some valuable lessons. I can see how others can see it as one long story, but I approached each individually as I was reading them. It has theological overtone and approaches the subject of mankind very well. It targets things like greedy and the deeper question of what mankind believes what God is. How what man think of God is flawed as man is flawed.

Very interesting stories that made me rethink things that were going on in my life. I enjoy a book that makes me think about things. I’m a woman very much in her own head often so if something can break through to me on this kind of level of concepts, logic, and values I will think on that subject for days. Often, as of more recent years when something like this comes along into my life I notice I talk about to just about every ear I can snag.

I suppose I’m a bit of a bore.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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