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Story review: ‘God sees the truth but waits’ by Leo Tolstoy

Today, we’re going to dive a bit into Russian literature.

Russian literature is one of the most important types of European culture. It is characterized by the idea of salvation, escape, and getting rid of negative thoughts since it flourished in the era of wars.

‘God sees the truth but waits’ is a short story by the Russian philosopher, scholar, and author Leo Tolstoy.

The story is about Aksionov, a merchant who was sentenced to life for a murder he did not commit.

He lost everything he had, his home,family, youth, and all his properties. Even his wife doubted his innocence.

But he believed only in God because he knew that God is the only one who believed him.

He spent 26 years imprisoned in Siberia until he finally met the real criminal who pleaded guilty. After all this, Aksionov forgave him and passed away before being released.

While in prison, Aksionov became a pious and religious man. The harsh circumstances did not make him a criminal; however, he transcended himself and changed to become a better person. Even when he found out who was the real culprit, he forgave him thinking that he is the only ruler of his feelings.

The story deeply discussed the themes of injustice, oppression, faith, and forgiveness.

It had a strong and clear connection to an important phase in Leo Tolstoy’s life. He wrote it when he was feeling anxious and searching for meaning in life.

He found peace in religion, and saw it as a way to overcome life’s burdens and a drug for people’s pain and hardship.

The story also criticized government authorities and the little effort they made in the crime investigation.

They were keen to put the charge on him without seeking to investigate with other suspects.

The title is the hook that leaves the readers puzzled to make them yearn to know its meaning. Hence, they automatically follow the sequence of events with astonishment.

This story is one of the best short stories ever written. Students are still reading and studying it in universities for nearly a century. It is an everlasting story.

Recommend0 Simily SnapsPublished in Book Reviews, Classic Literature, Faith