Have you ever felt extreme hatred for a fictional character? This guy Pozdnyshev in Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata gave me almost the same feeling, if not worse, with what I felt with Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Pozdnyshev was a sexist man and he had an appalling analysis on love and marriage. Terrible jealousy drove him into killing his own wife. Seriously, I feel like I want to underline every word that he said with “WTF”.
The Kreutzer Sonata came up as a dreadful shock for me, since usually I love Tolstoy’s short stories and novellas. I still can’t get myself to write its review until today. However, I think there might be some real men in this world who shares the views of Pozdnyshev (I pray to God that I wouldn’t have to meet them, ever). It’s only fair to say that actually I don’t hate the book; I just hate the main character. The book itself put forth the ugly truth of some people’s views on man-woman relationship. And despite hating the main character so much, I can’t deny that The Kreutzer Sonata is one of the most honest literary works I have ever read.
P.S. I can’t literally fling the book across the room, since I read it in e-book format.
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