Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

A Novel in Eight Parts

Book - 2001
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A dynamic new translation of one of the world's greatest novelsThis new translation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece is the first to appear in forty years and truly a noteworthy literary event. While previous translations of Anna Karenina softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's voice, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced an accurate translation to allow his voice to be heard. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this award-winning team's translation of Anna Karenina will immediately supersede all other English versions.Regarded by many as the greatest novel ever written in any language, Anna Karenina relates the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna's tragedy unfolds with relentless force as she rejects her passionless marriage to the aging official Karenin and must endure the hypocrisies of society. This authoritative edition of Anna Karenina includes an illuminating introduction and careful explanatory notes compiled by the translators.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670894789
0670894788
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tol
Description: xxi, 837 pages ; 24 cm

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CRRLAdults Jun 25, 2018

The classic nineteenth-century Russian novel in which a young woman is destroyed when she attempts to live outside the moral law of her society.

Anna flouts social conventions in loving Count Vronsky in this great masterpiece of Russian literature.

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CRRL_ChristineC Oct 18, 2017

I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend a story of society and forbidden love that has been around a while. This classic is definitely worth delving into, being so superbly written and heart-wrenching.


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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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FoxLarkin
Jun 07, 2018

This was my 4th reading of AK: Many aspects of the book resonated with me in ways that didn't occur on previous readings: that being said, I was furious with the ending. AK's suicide was not acknowledged in any significant way by any of the other main characters. Instead, it focused on Levin's philosophical musings about the meaning of suffering and faith.

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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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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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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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