The Globe’s Judith Timson takes great interest in the anecdote about Ignatieff and his wife, Zsuzsanna, reading Tolstoy to each other over Christmas.

Maybe it’s just me, but the new Liberal Leader seems utterly besotted with Zsuzsanna Zsohar, his wife of 10 years. Judging by his frequent references to her, he’s what you might call über-married…

Not only does this conjure up a charming picture of connubial bliss (although who can keep the romantic ups and downs of Tolstoy’s five aristocratic families straight?), it is a more intimate glimpse of a political leader’s marriage than we’ve seen in a long while.



  1. 6 out of 10 doctors recomend reading Tolstoy to your partner over Viagra.

  2. I’d rather have Tolstoy read to me over wine, Wayne.

  3. If you consider the five years since the 2003 Ontario election “a long while.”

    That was when Dalton McGuinty was introduced to a women’s luncheon by his wife, who informed the swooning ladies that the Guinster reads poetry to her in bed. Whereupon every man in Ontario wanted to pound the crap out of him. And I don’t blame them.

  4. I’m not sure about Tolstoy, but I highly recommend reading aloud one to the other, or taking turns. As long as the book interests both of you at least to some extent (I can imagine it would be akin to torture if one party had no interest whatsoever in the material).

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