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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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At its simplest, Anna Karenina is a love story. It is a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman whose passionate love for a handsome officer sweeps aside all other ties - to her marriage and to the network of relationships and moral values that bind the society around her. The loveaffair of Anna and Vronsky is played out alongside the developing romance of Kitty and Levin, and in the character of Levin, closely based on Tolstoy himself, the search for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical significance.One of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating psychological insight with an encyclopedic depiction of Russian life in the 1870s. The novel takes us from high society St Petersburg to the threshing fields on Levin's estate, with unforgettable scenes at a Moscow ballroom,the skating rink, a race course, a railway station. It creates an intricate labyrinth of connections that is profoundly satisfying, and deeply moving.Rosamund Bartlett's new translation conveys Tolstoy's precision of meaning and emotional accuracy in an English version that is highly readable and stylistically faithful. Like her acclaimed biography of Tolstoy, it is vivid, nuanced, and compelling.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780199232086
0199232083
Branch Call Number: FIC TOLSTOY 2014
Characteristics: xxxix, 847 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Rosamund

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This classic of Russian literature also features a doomed love affair. (Also available as an eBook.)


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nocmclean
May 04, 2021

Which translation is this?

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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

The book begins with the Dolly Oblonskaya catching her husband, Stiva, cheating on her with their children’s governess. She threatens to leave him for what he’s done. Anna Karenina, Stiva’s sister, visits them and is eventually able to calm them down. Meanwhile, Dolly’s siter, Kitty, has to choose between two suitors: Konstantin Levin and Alexei Vronsky. Kitty chooses Vronsky, but he soon meets Anna and falls in love with her. The novel continues with twists and turns of romance and tragedy. Romance is not typically one of my favorite genres, but this book’s fantastic writing hooked me immediately.

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AlexaLe
Nov 29, 2020

It is not often that many are able to peer into the lives of Russian nobility while still covering a wide range of universal truths applicable to every individual in a variety of different situations. However, the novel Anna Karenina by renowned author Leo Tolstoy is able to do this. It is set in the late 19th century in Imperial Russia and focuses on the parallels of three different couples, whose lives are all intertwined. Both the Oblonsky and the Karenin families are torn apart by adultery, most prominently when Anna Karenina leaves her husband, Karenin, for the young, dashing soldier Vronsky. Drama ensues as these couples must resolve their issues while still maintaining their facade of revered nobility in society. It ultimately comes down to these matters revolving around the heart that forever change the course of their lives.

This novel is a classic, and for good reason. While some people may believe that it is simply a love story, it is so much more. The romances in the novel serve as vessels to convey the pain and affliction the characters endure as a result of their social status. Many characters also debate important and interesting topics such as politics, philosophy, and art, which makes for an interesting read, especially considering the setting and time period of the novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel because it allowed me to view a different way of life and was surprisingly pleased by the variety of different topics discussed. However, the novel is extremely lengthy, and will take a long time to read. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read or is simply interested in romance without any extraneous details. Furthermore, it does contain mentions of self-harm, so it is not suitable for anyone who this may serve to trigger.

Age rating: 15+
Star rating: 4 stars

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 21, 2020

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a book that passes the bechdel test. the bechdel test (according to google) is when two girls talk about something as friends other than a man. I didn't think this was a super great example because the only eligible conversation was about kids or balls. Some of the conversations were implied not recorded. It was one of the books recommended for the prompt though on popsugar

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Coco_nut
Jun 19, 2020

Test comment on completed list book.

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EliK1
Feb 04, 2020

A classic, which I decided to tackle no matter what. While I focused on the romantic part of the plot, I dismissed the talks about society. It wasn't something that interested me. I have to admit that Anna was probably my least favorite of characters. While I wasn't upset with the ending, I felt like the whole was for nothing if it was going to end that way. So useless.

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flandavis
Oct 03, 2019

I was so absorbed by this book that I read through my bus stop several times.

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gomiami1972
Jul 17, 2018

Wow. Anna Karenina is very well written, the characters are true to themselves, you get keen insight into what Russian upper class society was like in the 1870s, an interesting and essentially believable plot and (everybody's favorite Tolstoy habit) 800+ pages of it to digest.

All of the above are compliments. Tolstoy was a genius and it was is in full force in this book. The main criticism I would bring to light is that, while beautifully written, the book never compelled me to finish it. I would read a section and then would sometimes let it lie for a week untouched. Every great book pulls you into the story and you must know how it ends. With Anna Karenina, I came and went as I pleased.

For the second straight Tolstoy book (War and Peace being the other,) I found myself liking the main characters the least. In W&P, I couldn't stand Pierre. Here, I found both Levin and Anna unpleasant. That I wanted to finish the book is a testament to its quality. While I don't favor the idea that Anna Karenina is the best novel ever written, it is well worth the time investment

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candlesticktroughs
Jan 29, 2018

"Koznyshev, experienced in dialectics, made no reply to Levin's question, but at once switched over the conversation to another aspect of the subject." If you are doing a term paper on the relative greatnesses of French and Russian authors, you could do worse than to compare/contrast Anna and Emma.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Spring is the time of plans and projects.

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gomiami1972
Jul 18, 2018

Anna “clearly understood that he was disgusted by her hand, and her gesture, and the sound her lips made.”

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Geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

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

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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