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Romo Wis also became sick of the church life and decided to give his life to help the poor against capitalism. Jul 09, Julio Andres Astudillo rated it really liked it. Father Sergius is an awesome short story. You don't know what's gonna happen next, and turns out, Father Sergius doesn't even know either. This is the struggle of a man, who received His call, but is still influenced by those eartly powers, specially pride and lust.
This is the case of any man who wasnt to become a saint, but does not want to live in purity; it is an incredible depiction of the rise and fall of human decisions. However, one is guided both by life and destiny, but in th Father Sergius is an awesome short story.
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However, one is guided both by life and destiny, but in the end, everything is there for a reason: learning. Feb 23, April Mohler rated it it was amazing. This story was excellent. I will be pondering this for a long time It was an enjoyable, easy to read story of human development and redemption.
It had traces of the puritanism that Tolstoy evinced in his later life, but that didn't detract from what was a very engaging tale. A critical review. This story is about a man with a problem. As the story opens you may not immediately realize what the problem is for he is described as "a handsome prince who everyone predicted would become aide-de-camp to the Emperor Nicholas I and have a brilliant career,". What could be better than that? For young Prince Stepan Kasatsky apparently there was something better for he "left the service, broke off his engagement to a beautiful maid of honor, a favorite of the Empress's, ga A critical review.
For young Prince Stepan Kasatsky apparently there was something better for he "left the service, broke off his engagement to a beautiful maid of honor, a favorite of the Empress's, gave his small estate to his sister, and retired to a monastery to become a monk. After a flashback to his youth and his success in all his efforts the narrator shares his decision to throw all of that over for the monastery. Yet, he did not change his personality and his primary motive of pride. For in becoming a Monk he was aiming to "be above those who considered themselves his superiors".
Most of all he was consumed with "contempt with all that seemed most important to others and had seemed so to him while he was in the service". But is that really what the life of a monk is all about? He finds that it is not and his journey toward his own unique form of spirituality is just beginning at this point. It has a long way to go with many temptations for he has a great deal of difficulty dealing with his all-consuming pride and vanity.
This tale, while differing in details from others from Tolstoy's pen, seems to adhere to a pattern of presenting a protagonist living a problem-filled life which ends in a miraculous reversal of character. For Sergius his ultimate conversion some might say redemption comes in a dream. But several pages before his dream he had a moment alone under an elm tree that seemed to foreshadow his ultimate change. The narrator described the landscape at this moment on the cusp of the end of the day in terms of such natural beauty that it seemed to be touched with the ghost of St.
Francis of Assisi.
One thing missing from Sergius's life is happiness. He first has worldly success followed by weariness, vanity, striving, and ultimately acceptance of what he claimed to be the feeling of god within him. He seemed to be fulfilling what was revealed to him to be god's plan, but some might question the nature of his revelation. Could it have been yet another form of the hubris that afflicted him his whole life? Possibly one might say that, once a Prince - always a Prince.
This book should definitely be adapted into movies for the modern viewers, and I fancy there can be at least two different versions, depending on the targeted audience. The R-rated version: The hero is a handsome, passionate prince with an uncontrollable temper, who attracts women everywhere and gets into fights verbal and physical with men. There would be plenty of scenes of sexual tension, seduction and violence with blood spills and severed body parts.
The main appeal, however, This book should definitely be adapted into movies for the modern viewers, and I fancy there can be at least two different versions, depending on the targeted audience. The main appeal, however, should still be the flawed hero himself, his humanity, his rise to greatness and tragic decline. The ecclesiastical version: The hero is a proud, ambitious man, who, after he was used and disillusioned by the Russian high society to which he aspired, becomes a monk and strives for excellence in the service of God. Tolstoy provides an incisive portrayal of his internal conflicts, his lust, pride and emotional barrenness.
His struggles and triumph over sexual temptations are compelling, but his spiritual burnout and subsequent downfall are even more poignant and instructive, considering how many church leaders today have fallen into the same trap. View 2 comments. Apr 28, Anwesha rated it really liked it Recommended to Anwesha by: Neena. Shelves: spiritual , russian-literature. This story is no exception to the Tolstoyan philosophy. The great interpreter of life has illuminated yet another corner of human mind.
The conflict in the heart of the story is not something unworldly or exceptional rather it is perhaps a day to day collision of mind and conscience for every other person. Stepan Kasatsky is the name of just another regular human being. Blessed with beauty and chivalry, he got life in his favor but he did not accept all her gifts, but the act was of anything but This story is no exception to the Tolstoyan philosophy.
Blessed with beauty and chivalry, he got life in his favor but he did not accept all her gifts, but the act was of anything but greatness. It was the feeling of greatness, the pleasure of transcending all worldly obsessions that he craved for.
Good deeds bring satisfaction, appreciation brings pleasure and praise brings pride, that was all it was about. And the final awakening came with a price, worthy of paying for. Yet another time Tolstoy preached the meaning of religion, of the commandments, of God, of life. View all 18 comments. May 24, Anirudh rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. Father Sergius is a book about a man who becomes a monk to seek god, only to struggle more and more to find him.
He struggles against demons of lust and disbelief to attain salvation. Despite being a mere 40 odd pages long, the book is written very well. Father Sergius's temporary periods of disbelief in a higher power, his encounter with a temptress, his ascension into a miracle worker, his realization that his ascension for which he is praised is the very reason for his recession from god, his Father Sergius is a book about a man who becomes a monk to seek god, only to struggle more and more to find him.
Father Sergius's temporary periods of disbelief in a higher power, his encounter with a temptress, his ascension into a miracle worker, his realization that his ascension for which he is praised is the very reason for his recession from god, his struggles to find his purpose all have been portrayed beautifully. Tolstoy has a talent for writing in a simple language and yet produce profound meanings. The only thing that made this book a slight discomfort to read was that a few lines at the end of the book are in french and they have not been translated to English.
Simple yet elegant, this is a book worth reading.
Jun 20, Lisa Hayden Espenschade rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in-russian , read-more-than-once. I think Father Sergius is the best of the three Tolstoy novellas about sex and religion that I recently re read in rapid succession. Though the three novellas contain very similar themes -- variations on men fighting the devilish temptations of women and sex -- they differ greatly in style. Father Sergius is more subtle than the other two works and contains more passages that feel very Tolstoyan: small actions or bits of conversation that show a lot about characters.
The s movie adaptation is good, though I don't think it's easy to find these days.
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Sep 16, Addy rated it it was amazing. The meaning of living cannot to be found in others but only in oneself, through one's own thoughts and actions. God is not the practice of a religion, and grace will hardly be attained in isolation, away from your fellow man.
Being tested every day, being tempted, yet rising above the very human frailties of vanity and lust; to be able to love and share that love: to expect nothing in return and to be humble This is what Father Sergius learns. Tolstoy is The meaning of living cannot to be found in others but only in oneself, through one's own thoughts and actions.
acewukyq.tk Tolstoy is a great writer and above all a great teacher. Jun 17, Asha Seth rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Everyone. Shelves: classics , , novella , russian-lit. Best written Tolstoy style.
Fairly good and quick read for an audio-book. Prince Stepan Kasatsky experiences a disappointment with his fiance and decides to become a monk!