Marcel Van Der Hoek Van Der Hoek itibaren Sindhuli, Nepal
To date, this is probably the best novel that I've read. It's certainly nestled alongside 'The God of Small Things' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera'and 'Dog Years' etc... What Tolstoy does really well is to capture those secret trains of thought that we all know but would find difficult to grasp and capture with words; the emotive illogical reasonings of a man with an axe to grind or the self decieving blind jealousy of a lover to name but two, are incredibly well captured. The characters are quite real, human in all their ambiguity, contradiction and fickleness, and before you know it you have the feel of each one, each individual character, and then in the abscence of much substantial background information. Also noteworthy is that the tone of narration subtely shifts according to the subject character rather than remaining the cool aloof voice of an uninvolved objective narrator. Thereby granting us to enter a little more into each individual character's subjective world; Brilliant!