128 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1970, this account of Tolstoy’s achievement as a novelist concentrates on the best known of his works, in particular the two masterpieces Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Extracts are, however, taken from all the major novels and are arranged chronologically to demonstrate the development of his technique. The main part of the book is concerned with narrative method and analyses Tolstoy’s treatment of character, landscape and dialogue together with his use of satire and irony. The range of subject matter throughout the novels is then discussed. In this way, Tolstoy’s genius is seen to lie in his unique gift for penetrating deeply into the individual lives of his characters and at the same time embracing their actions within a complete framework of social and political life.

    Part 1: Narrative Method. Characterization. 1. The Cossacks 2 – 5 War and Peace 6. Anna Karenina Group Scenes 7& 8 War and Peace 9 & 10 Resurrection Inner and Outer Landscape 11. Boyhood 12. Anna Karenina 13. Master and Man Inner Monologue 14. The Cossacks 15. War and Peace 16 & 17. The Death of Ivan Ilyich Dialogue 18 & 19. War and Peace 20 & 21. Anna Karenina 22. Resurrection Satire and Irony 23. Childhood 24-27 Anna Karenina 28. Resurrection Part 2: Subject Matter. Cossack Women 29. The Cossacks Polish Soldiers Showing their Devotion to Napoleon 30. War and Peace Historical Theory 31. War and Peace Children 32. Anna Karenina Bird Shooting 33. Anna Karenina.


    Ronald Hayman

    Original Review of Malcolm Lowry:

    ‘An engaged and energetic survey of Lowry’s work, concentrating largely on Under the Volcan but also usefully discussing the rest of the corpus, especially the early short stories…Binns offers an admirable condensed spy-hole onto Lowry’s work.’ Malcolm Lowry Review