Teaser Tuesdays – September 2, 2014

TTFamilyHappTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page


Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude

Family Happiness

But suddenly I felt that I must see what he was doing there and what he looked like — that I must watch his movements while he supposed that no one saw him. Besides I was simply unwilling just then to lose sight of him for a single minute.

This translation is in the public domain. It may be downloaded free at ManyBooks.


41 comments on “Teaser Tuesdays – September 2, 2014

  1. How is it? I wasn’t aware he’d written this one. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/teaser-tuesday-september-2/


  2. I’m reading it with a 19th Century group and none of us had heard of it before. One guy did find though in a book he had of collected short works. It’s quite good so far. Not a five-star read, but entertaining and interesting to see a slice of life from Russia at that time. ALL the characters are likeable (weird, huh?) and I want to see how they all end up. Thanks for coming by!


  3. Wish I had the time to read this one. Hope you enjoy it.


  4. This one could be interesting. Love the vintage cover! And free! Thanks for stopping by!


  5. I enjoyed Anna Karenina too, so I’ll look for this book.
    My Tuesday post features The Gods of Second Chances.


    • You don’t have to look far, Sandra! A free ebook.

      Yours this week sounds like one I might like. There have been a lot of cable series lately about living in Alaska and they were mostly quite interesting.


  6. Fred Runk says:

    Madame Vauquer,

    It’s an interesting story–somewhat different from Tolstoy’s usual works. The conflict appears during the last part of the story. I will be interested to see what the rest make of it.

    I had read Family Happiness years ago. What initially confused me was when the group selection was given the other title, Katya, which I had never heard of before.

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    • Thanks, Fred. I’m glad you mentioned about the other title which I’ve also seen spelled Katia. I intended to mention it but initially forgot. Then I didn’t go back and add it since we seemed to be finding it confusing. I have no idea if the translator/publisher changed it or if Tolstoy had more than one version of the story. One would think that an author would not changed the character names so drastically when doing a rework, but Balzac did a few times.


      • Fred Runk says:

        Madame Vauquer,

        I have checked a number of translations now and so far, the William Gottsberger (1887) translation is the only one that switches the names of the heroine and the nanny or family retainer. I doubt if Tolstoy made the change himself. I just found a fourth title–Domestic Happiness.

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      • I agree, Fred, it was almost undoubtedly the translator. I was wondering if the Katia I was originally reading before I changed to the Maude translation was a bootleg translation. The translator’s name is not mentioned.


  7. Nice teaser! this made me curious, and what’s more, it actually made me interested in checking out Tolstoy. Never thought that was possible! lol, thanks for sharing!
    My Teaser.


  8. LOL, Kerry. This would be a good on to start with since it’s short (under 100 pages). I can highly recommend Anna Karenina too. There is a lot more to it than just the movies which focus mainly on Anna.

    Thanks for leaving yours – a talking dog or at least a thinking dog. I was just remarking on another blog which featured a new cat mystery series that dogs were everywhere.


  9. Juli Rahel says:

    I love the way Tolstoy writes! I’ve been reading War & Peace, very slowly, and his style is one of my favourite things about the experience! Also, I know what it’s like to not want to lose sight of someone, especially when they’re attractive! Thanks for sharing 🙂 hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  10. Thanks for commenting, Juli. Nice to hear from a fan of Tolstoy.

    Yours from Helle sounds like beautiful writing also.


  11. I had never heard of this short novel…but now I want to know more. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


    • Neither had I, Laurel! I heard of it when a Goodreads friend was reading it. Then we had all the confusion over the title, which was actually only the start of the confusion between the two main translations. The Katia translation is at Project Gutenberg, but I’d recommend going for the Maude one at the Manybooks link above. Or be like me because I enjoy comparing translations, lol. Thanks for coming by.


  12. fuonlyknew says:

    Never heard of this one. Sounds like you are enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by my teaser.
    Here is my teaser – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/02/teaser-tuesdays-79-an-apex-predator-novel-shark-station-nyet-by-carolyn-mccray/


  13. Alice Audrey says:

    I haven’t read this one yet. Thanks for the linke.


  14. Dewey says:

    Can’t say that I’ve ever read any Tolstoy although I certainly wouldn’t rule it out. Might give this one a try for a start if it’s a short one. Thanks for a classic TT. 😀

    Here’s mine: http://deweygirl.co.uk/2014/09/teaser-tuesday-greywalker/


  15. yvonne473 says:

    I never read this. Good choice.


  16. pdworkman says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t read much Tolstoy.

    Thanks for stopping by mine today:

    Mine this week is a YA disability story:



  17. thebookpub says:

    Great teaser! And totally not as scary as I thought Tolstoy would be. I have a couple of his books, but I’ve always been very intimidated by him, and most Russian literature honestly. Not sure why though, lol. Thanks for stopping by! =]

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    • War and Peace is definitely intimidating! I love Anna Karenina, but it is quite long. This one, Family Happiness, would be a good one to start. Not intimidating at all, shortish (under 100 pages) and free too.


  18. thebookpub says:

    I’ve acquired it! I couldn’t resist, what with the free and all. I think it’s Anna Karenina (which I’ll totally admit I’ve wanted to read since Gilmore Girls) and Resurrection that I have, but I’ve just never picked them up. I’m totally looking forward to this though. It does seem like a good ice breaker so to speak.


    • Great, I hope you enjoy it. I’m about half-way. It’s not great literature in the way some of his others are, but I think it’s very accessible. Anna Karenina is very accessible too, just long and so much more to it than the movies. I haven’t read Resurrection.


      • thebookpub says:

        I’m happy to get my feet wet even if it isn’t the best piece of literature ever written. Also, I’ve avoided seeing Anna Karenina in movie form because I always try to read first. Either way, time will tell!


  19. writenote1 says:

    I haven’t read this one. I keep meaning to read Anna Karenina but haven’t got to that yet, either. Thanks for visiting Write Note Reviews.


    • Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoy Anna Karenina when you get a chance to read it. It would probably make my list of Top Twenty favorites of all time.

      Yours this week sounds very suspenseful!


  20. Deasy says:

    that’s a rather romantic things to say. I’ve been curious to read Tolstoy’s works from Anna Karenina but haven’t had the time. I’ll be looking forward for your review! 🙂


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