Anna Karenina

838 pages

English language

Published May 30, 2004 by Penguin.

ISBN:
9780143035008
OCLC Number:
731379261

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4 stars (26 reviews)

While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club™ selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

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4 stars

Having read so many Russian novels recently must be making this easier, because I believe this one was the easiest read yet. I'm getting used to the style, so I don't have to keep stopping to think through what the author is trying to say. That's kinda nice.

I'm not sure what I think about the book as a whole. The characters were relatable, and I enjoyed most scenes, but I usually didn't like the ways Tolstoy would resolve issues in the plot. They felt too harsh and sudden without enough meaning dredged out of them first. Still, I don't know how I'd have done it better, so I won't complain about that too much.

Other than that, I'm glad I read it. It's probably not one I'll reread again anytime soon, but that's more because of the length than the content.

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5 stars

Tolstoy has got to be the only author I have read that constantly lets you know that you are at his mercy when you take up one of his books. If he wants to kill somebody off then he will and you are left helpless watching events unfold knowing that shouting at the book is not going to help. Normally in a book a character will almost die or if they do I am not the bothered by it. I had the same feeling of helplessness when reading war and peace.

I loved everything about this book, from discussions on Politics and Princesses gossiping, to Levin mowing a meadow. Levin took about 30 pages to do the whole meadow but I was there the whole time, jealous that it wasn't me.

As for the characters you have Anna and Vronsky who I did not like, not sure if that is …

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2 stars

Finally finished! Maybe I need to read some commentary and analysis on this book, but I found it tedious. It's points didn't seem original to me, although perhaps Tolstoy WAS the first man to recognize the difference in how society treats men and women when they cheat on their spouses. It ended on an oddly "spiritual, but not religious" note that seemed like a random addendum rather than a conclusion to this rambling tale.

Glad I read it, but wish it had been a better experience!

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5 stars

Here is a book of lingering power that resonates well its reality to its readers. Now I finally understood why they speak of Tolstoy as the "Master of Prose", for he is nothing less than a maestro of the discipline. But let not the majestic storytelling cloud the meaning behind the work and the message that the story portrays. It's about life. Anna Karenina is a living and moving portrait of life.

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