The Awakening

The Awakening


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All the efforts of several hundred thousand people, crowded in a small space, to disfigure the land on which they lived; all the stone they covered it with to keep it barren; how so diligently every sprouting blade of grass was removed; all the smoke of coal and naphtha; all the cutting down of trees and driving off of cattle could not shut out the spring, even from the city. The sun was shedding its light; the grass, revivified, was blooming forth, where it was left uncut, not only on the greenswards of the boulevard, but between the flag-stones, and the birches, poplars and wild-berry trees were unfolding their viscous leaves; the limes were unfolding their buds; the daws, sparrows and pigeons were joyfully making their customary nests, and the flies were buzzing on the sun-warmed walls. Plants, birds, insects and children were equally joyful. Only men—grown-up men—continued cheating and tormenting themselves and each other. People saw nothing holy in this spring morning, in this beauty of God's world—a gift to all living creatures—inclining to peace, good-will and love, but worshiped their own inventions for imposing their will on each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543235098
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/06/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (1852-1856) and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Bevel. Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection.

Date of Birth:

September 9, 1828

Date of Death:

November 20, 1910

Place of Birth:

Tula Province, Russia

Place of Death:

Astapovo, Russia


Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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The Awakening (Vampire Diaries Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1049 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the show The Vampire Diaries. I am a vapire junkie and before the show came out I read these books. The characters are very under developed. Elena is pretty much a beyotch and is selfish and self centered. She is angry and cant control herself because a boy doesnt look at her. It is quite narcisistic. Stefan and Damon are great characters but you never really get your full grasp of them and are left wanting moe. There is no real love triangle. Elena always loves Stefan and never really chooses Damon. There is no real substance to the books. The tv show is amazing. the characters are relatable and have real backround and have room to grow. Stefan is played amazignly by Paul Wesley and you really gt his sense of hurt and can see and feel the pain and suffering he has gone through in his eyes. Elena is very different from the books and actually cares about people other than herself. Damon is witty and sexy and although he does have that bad boy streak you ca actually see that he also has feelings and a is not a souless pit with no heart.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
From the first time I picked this up I found a book I really enjoyed. Would recommend
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
i have been reading this series from the beginning and can't wait to read the next one.
teachesintx More than 1 year ago
I am a college student and spend an enormous amount of time reading textbooks. Frequently I require an escape from reality, and this book did the trick. I love the fast paced nature of Teen Fiction, and this book was terrific! It is passionate, and gripping; full of excitement and a wonderfully easy read. I love the show and decided to read the books that made it possible. The book shares very little of the story line from the show, and that made it far more interesting. I was surprised to find that it had been written a while back. I envisioned the events on the landscape of today until I was hit with the realization that the characters were not jumping for their cell phones at every juncture, which made me look back to the publication date. The absence of instant contact via cell phones made the story more exciting and once I realized when the book had been written I stepped back into that time and stopped trying to rely on a cell phone for the plot, which was rather refreshing. All in all this is an awesome fast read that provides a well constructed escape from everyday life where you can get tangled up in the drama and chaos of well drawn characters who don't fit into the logic of our lives.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books are NOTHING like the show at alllll! They are so much better. I highly recommend that you read this. It is an irresistible love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If youve ever watched the tv series of this, it will drive you nuts! Elenas blonde, Bonnies a red head , Jenna is Aunt Judith and theres no Jermey just a 4 yea old girl, whos name i dont know. I only got the sample (its free) and even that turned me off. If i hadnt seen the tv series i might have liked it butprobably not. Personally if you likedthe yv series , dont get the book. But i do encourage you to get the sample to decided for you self. Happy reading. Narinadance98
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a chilling love story that leaves you wondering if love will win the war or will power rule over all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally different from the show, but in a good way! Ready to read the 2nd book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very exciting and romantic. Whoever liked the Twilight Saga this book is like the same thing. except there are no werewolve love. but its two vampire brothers who both love a girl. After it gets edgy. i hope you enjoy this book like i did and there is a sreis on TV called Vampire diares, on channel 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampire diaries is the best series ive ever read, i think its even better than the twilight series. Damon is the bad boy, stephan is the sensitive good guy, and Elena is the girl who will never have a normal life because if stephan and damon. I love vampire books and i have read many but the vampire diaries was beyond the best of them. This book has twists that youll never expect and u will fall in love with the characters. Elean has two vampires falling in love with her and she must choose. Damon or stephan, who will she pick? To find out you must read the book. With elena fighting beside steaphen and damon they will face danger and their friends will help save them. When you read this book you will find your self dreaming about being amazing elana. While reading You will feel as if you are in the book fighting with stephan and damon. I sugest this book to everybody. The plot will make you want to read more. The romance is amazing and you could find your self crying. You will fall in love with the characters, the twists and plots, and you will fall im love with the book. Experience the best book you will ever read. READ THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!!!!!!!!
m.mounsey More than 1 year ago
The only reason I keep reading these insufferable books is because I HAVE to know how they end. Even though there is a blossoming relationship I adore in the books (much later in the series)I would pick the show over the books anytime! Don't make the mistake I did and read the books. Ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont listen to the other reviews. Im 13. This was sooooooooooooooooooooooo much better than twilight. The series is better thaan the show. You will not be dissapointed. Its amazing i LOVED IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, this book sucks. Second, im pretty sure the vampiare diaries came before twilight. And even the author of twilight didnt come up with idea of vampires anywy. So everyone copies somebody. Now about the vampiare diaries. They hardly spoke to eachother and then, next thing you know, he's bringing her to his house and they're kissing. She doesnt know hell about him and they barely spoke to eachother! What the?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with people when they say that the show is better than the books. I watched the first few seasons of the show on Netflix and loved it. I was really excited to read the books, as I thought that the books would be just as amazing. I was greatly disappointed by the outcome of the books. I read the first three in hope that they would get better. During the third, I gave up hoping. The books are awful, the show is amazing. I agree with the person who mentioned the character of Damon. I definitely like the character the show gives him, and not the character that the books gave him. I am grateful for the books being around, as they set the foundation for an amazing television show, but I think TV did a much better job with the characters than the books did. I will never recommend this book to others, nor any of the vampire diaries books. The show I would recommend for sure, but definitely not the books.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i want it so bad. I was so hooked. I love vampire novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love the show, however, books are much better! Finished 6 in about a week. Can't wait for March for the second phantom arch series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a society where sex is out front and romance and innocent first love is thrown into a corner this book is a refreshing tale. Combining the vampire lore we all know (& I personally love) with a romance between a high school girl and a dark, mysterious stranger. Throw in the brother and you have an enjoyable little triangle that leaves you turning pages and running to the bookstore for the next book is to see who will get the girl. It's romance is sweet, it's rivalry is bitter and the twists will keep you riveted. The first time I read this series I had to wait to read the last 2 books, I suggest getting all 4 and sitting down on lazy weekend and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read book 1 & decided to give book 2 a chance. Big mistake. Elena is a shallow, selfish girl and the rest of the characters are as flat as the page they are printed on. I'm a huge vampire fan, but I dont think I'll bother with book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book I got addicted to reading and could hardly take my eyes away from the page. I woud get in trouble for hiding my nook under the table and reading at dinner. This book is fantastic. I recomend it to people who like paranormal romances twiste with bone chilling suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really think about punctuation. Not only was your post had to read but it was annoying trying to sort through your opinions. And for the people who do, like me, think the Twilight series is better, you shouldn't be telling them to suck it. You need to go back to school and maybe learn some ethics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book and a perfect book just want to escape the real world into a vampire drama. The best vampire drama by far and i cannot wait to read the rest of the books! This is a good series for pre-teens and anyone who loves vampire drama. Please reccomend this book to many more people so they can experience the great-ness of this book and series. Once you read one book, you cant stop! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo good i finished it in less than 12 hours.
caterpilar More than 1 year ago
i highly recommend this book.It is a beautiful love story and has plenty of intrigue and excitement. This series is geared more toward teens, but women of all ages would love it. I have been into vampires for years. Not the evil gory ones! I am 57 years old and still love them