Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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A famous legend surrounding the creation of Anna Karenina tells us that Tolstoy began writing a cautionary tale about adultery and ended up by falling in love with his magnificent heroine. It is rare to find a reader of the book who doesn't experience the same kind of emotional upheaval: Anna Karenina is filled with major and minor characters who exist in their own right and fully embody their mid-nineteenth-century Russian milieu, but it still belongs entirely to the woman whose name it bears, whose portrait is one of the truest ever made by a writer.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 20uu,c[1886]
ISBN: 9780199536061
9780679410003
0679410007
Branch Call Number: F TOLST-L
Characteristics: xlix, 963 p. ; 22 cm

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dollface_1
Aug 06, 2017

I waited until now (retirement) to read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina...on my reading bucket list.

My first Tolstoy, and definitely my last. I'm looking forward to everything else on my list, and glad this one is....so to speak...in the books. Torture.

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Janice21383
Apr 05, 2016

Poor Anna. It is perilous to be neither good nor useful. It's not like AK is an unknown story, so just a few observations that surprised me: compared to the film versions, Vronsky is egotistical and empty-headed, but improves as the story goes on; Anna is a selfish pill a lot of the time, and is much like her sensual brother, without his easygoing nature. Tolstoy notices the hypocrisy of the toleration of male adultery versus the female kind, without completely disapproving of it. He contrasts Anna and Vronsky with another young couple, Levin and Kitty: charming, well-meaning, and a little wearisome. If you're pressed for time, you can skim the parts about their souls, or farming, without missing much. Tolstoy wants to be Levin, but he really is Anna. Anyone beginning AK should note that it is NOT primarily about anyone's romance, but about Russia's floundering transition into a modern, European nation, and why people like Tolstoy thought this was not a good idea.

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lnikolai22
Sep 29, 2015

This took quite a while to read, but it was worth it... Anna herself was, maybe somewhat ironically, my least favourite character in the book. Luckily, she isn't really the main character, or at least she isn't the only main character. (Konstantin Levin is the character who, I think, most redeems Anna's moral indecency.) Still, this book was one of the best I've read in the past year, and most unexpectedly so.

Kereesa Jul 22, 2015

This was my first Tolstoy novel. It will not be the last.

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stepha89
Jun 09, 2014

The relationships the book developed were a highlight. However, it dragged in many places, especially in the parts that dealt with the Russian peasantry and agriculture. If you like a slow pace and a lot of character introspection, you'll probably have better luck than I did.

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anahperic
May 05, 2014

I loved this book

patienceandfortitude Jan 13, 2014

I first read Anna Karenina over 30 years ago, and am so glad that I have taken the time to re-read it. I love Tolstoy. His writing speaks to my heart. His characters are deeply sympathetic, in their struggles to find love, happiness, justice and meaning in their lives. Perfect way to start my reading in the new year.

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JackieFC13
Jan 11, 2014

Finally! Finally!! Finished it!! OK. Now down to the review. I over all like this book. There are a few stories running at the same time so I would suggest making a list of who is who and how they are related to the story. The writing is very pretty and takes several pages to get used to his style. Keep in mind this is a different era of writing and description runs wild in this story. You will learn about Russian politics and farming whether you want too or not. My favorite story or story line that was in the book was Levin and Kitty. Such a sweet love story! He is a sweet land owner and farmer. Well to do of course and she is a princess in Imperial Russia. He Loves her and has always loved her. She has no idea. Love reading how it all happens. Dolly (Kitty's sister) and her Husband, Stiva, are just interesting. Dolly is a very wise, strong woman who has endured her husbands multiple indiscretions. Throughout the book she is the one many of them turn too for advice and strength. She starts to wise up by the end that her husband will never change and starts to pull in the reins on his spending and womanizing. As for Anna (Stiva's Sister), the name of the book and supposed to be the greatest love story ever. If my love story turns out like this, tell me ahead of time friends so that I can get out of it. I don't like Anna. I didn't like her the minute I started reading about her. She is a very learned woman, smart, cultured and full of life. I can see why she would be attractive and she is supposed to be one of the prettiest woman of the age. I couldn't stand her the minute she started cheating on her husband. I felt so bad for her husband, Alexy. He loved her so much and she just couldn't stand him. You took a vow, suck it up! She left her husband and her son after she had Vronsky's baby girl. She did start to go jealous of every time he left the house or didn't look at her other a look of pure love. She began to sink to a deep pit of despair and jealousy to which she was never able to climb out and in the end drove her to suicide. Vronsky never left her side, made her feel loved during her low moments and was basically a saint through all of her ravings. I really didn't like her, I was waiting for some redeeming quality for her and I never found one. I am very glad I read this. I have always wanted too and now I never will again.

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re_discover
Aug 27, 2013

Upon reading this novel, I noticed how evident it is that Tolstoy himself was conflicted about what he was writing. For example, there is a definate break in tone between the climax and the denoument. On one hand, Tolstoy sympathizes with Anna, but he also wants to define how to live a good life by using the example of Kitty and Levin.

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AndyChang
Jul 03, 2013

May well be the best book I've ever read in its genre, or ever depending on my mood. The narrative is filled with compelling characters and subplots that serve to strengthen the main storyline instead of detracting from it.

For a novel of its size, it surprising is pithy with the story arc even as it is simultaneously rich with details of the characters driving the plot.

Watched the recent film adaptation and found the way it presented the book rather imaginative and interesting, capturing the essence of it visually within the restricted time frame of a motion picture.

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Aug 26, 2016

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

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