Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature - with tragic consequences. Levin is a refle...


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TitleAnna Karenina
Author
Release DateOct 16th, 2012
PublisherVintage
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Cultural, Russia, Romance
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  • Nataliya
    2010-05-02
    As a daughter of a Russian literature teacher, it seems I have always known the story of Anna Karenina: the love, the affair, the train - the whole shebang. I must have ingested the knowledge with my mother's milk, as Russians would say.............My grandpa had an old print of a painting hanging in his garage. A young beautiful mysterious woman sitting in a carriage in wintry Moscow and looking at the viewer through her heavy-lidded eyes with a...
  • Terry
    2008-04-27
    In the beginning, reading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time. You’ve heard a lot about the place before you go. Much of what you see from the bus you recognize from pictures and movies and books. You can’t help but think of the great writers and artists who have been here before you. You expect to like it. You want to like it. But you don’t want to feel like you have to like it. You worry a little that you...
  • Navessa
    2013-11-15
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  • Brad
    2008-03-25
    WARNING: This is not a strict book review, but rather a meta-review of what reading this book led to in my life. Please avoid reading this if you're looking for an in depth analysis of Anna Karenina. Thanks. I should also mention that there is a big spoiler in here, in case you've remained untouched by cultural osmosis, but you should read my review anyway to save yourself the trouble.I grew up believing, like most of us, that burning books was s...
  • Christopher
    2011-07-05
    In lieu of a proper review of my favorite book, and in addition to the remark that it would be more aptly named Konstantin Levin, I present to you the characters of Anna Karenina in a series of portraits painted by dead white men.Anna Karenina (Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent)Alexei Karenin (Portrait of Edouard Manet by Henri Fantin-Latour)Alexei Vronsky (Study of a Young Man by John Singer Sargent)Konstantin Levin (Robert Louis Stev...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2018-07-04
    ***Spoiler alert. If you have read this book, please proceed. If you are never going to read this novel (be honest with yourself), then please proceed. If you may read this novel, but it may be decades in the future, then please proceed. Trust me, you are not going to remember, no matter how compelling a review I have written. If you need Tolstoy talking points for your next cocktail party or soiree with those literary, black wearing, pseudo inte...
  • Nayra.Hassan
    2015-10-14
    ساجعلكم تتعاطفون مع أسوأ نموذج بشريبل ستبكون من أجلها ايضا..هتف تولستوى لتولد رواية أشبه بالدولاب المزدحم المكدس بالاغراض . ..ما ان تفتحه فجأة حتى تقفز شخصيات كثيرة و غنية في وجهك ..بجانب الثلاثي الشهير انا و أليكسي و اليكسي..يوجد اربع أبطال اخرين ..ا...
  • Sammy
    2007-05-29
    People are going to have to remember that this is the part of the review that is entirely of my own opinion and what I thought of the book, because what follows isn't entirely positive, but I hope it doesn't throw you off the book entirely and you still give it a chance. Now... my thoughts:I picked up this book upon the advice of Oprah (and her book club) and my friend Kit. They owe me hardcore now. As does Mr. Tolstoy. This book was an extremely...
  • Trevor
    2007-07-28
    Not since I read The Brothers Karamazov have I felt as directly involved in characters' worlds and minds. Fascinating.I was hooked on Anna Karenina from the opening section when I realized that Tolstoy was brilliantly portraying characters' thoughts and motivations in all of their contradictory, complex truth. However, Tolstoy's skill is not just in characterization--though he is the master of that art. His prose invokes such passion. There were ...
  • Brina
    2017-04-30
    A few months ago I read Anna in the Tropics, a Pulitzer winning drama by Nilo Cruz. Set in 1920s Florida, a lector arrives at a cigar factory to read daily installments of Anna Karenina to the workers there. Although the play takes place in summer, the characters enjoyed their journey to Russia as they were captivated by the story. Even though it is approaching summer where I live as well, I decided to embark on my own journey through Leo Tolstoy...
  • İntellecta
    2017-05-21
    Tolstoy draws a portrait of three marriages or relationships that could not be more different. Anna Karenina is rightly called a masterpiece. Moreover Tolstoy does not spare on social socialism and describes the beginnings of communism, deals with such existential themes as birth and death and the meaning of life.Tolstoy’s narrative art and his narrative charm are at the highest level. He also seems like a close observer of human passions, feel...
  • Brett
    2008-04-28
    Alright, I'm going to do my best not to put any spoilers out here, but it will be kind of tough with this book. I should probably start by saying that this book was possibly the best thing I have ever read.It was my first Tolstoy to read, and the defining thing that separated what he wrote from anything else that I've read is his characters. His characters are unbelievably complex. The edition of this book that I read was over 900 pages, so he ha...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    2016-09-17
    "Leo Tolstoy would meet hatred expressed in violence by love expressed in self-suffering." —Mahatma GandhiThrough reading this praiseworthy classic, I have been forced to recalibrate my previously unreliable view of this celebrated author.You see, I was force-fed Tolstoy at college (his writing, not his flesh, silly! Mine wasn't a college for cannibals!) and at the time only carried War and Peace under one arm so I might appear cleverer than I ...
  • Emily May
    2010-12-09
    This is a book that I was actually dreading reading for quite some time. It was on a list of books that I'd been working my way through and, after seeing the size of it and the fact that 'War And Peace' was voted #1 book to avoid reading, I was reluctant to ever get started. But am I glad that I did.This is a surprisingly fast-moving, interesting and easy to read novel. The last of which I'd of never believed could be true before reading it, but ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2013-10-19
    840. Анна Каренина = Anna Karenina, Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina (Russian: Анна Каренина) is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment (Tolstoy's negative views of Russian volunteers going to fight in Serbia); therefore, the novel's fir...
  • Kelly
    2007-05-24
    So, I have this ongoing etiquette problem. Though sometimes I think it is a matter of respect. Or maybe social awkwardness. I’d consult my Emily Post on the issue, but it’s a unique bookworm sort of problem. I don’t think Ms. Post got that deeply into the protocol of neurotic bibliophiles. Anyway, the question is.. why do I unconsciously call an author by their first name sometimes? In some respects, I’ve had this conversation before in t...
  • Florencia
    2016-01-01
    [Turn the volume up;open me in new tab]There is a well-known belief that, brimming with the romanticism of bygone days to which reason acquiesces in silence, attempts to explain the elusive nature of human relations. According to this myth, the gods get involved in our existence by using a red cord. In Japanese culture, such cord is tied around the little finger; in China, around the ankle. Be it as it may, that string binds one person to the oth...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2009-12-20
    Summer of 1985. My very manly brother, who rarely read classics, holding and reading a very thick book entitled Anna Karenina. “What is that thick book? Why is he interested on that?” I thought to myself. On the wall by his bed, was a big close up photograph of Sophie Marceau. Around that time, most teenage males in the Philippines were fans of this ever-smiling young lady and her poster was in their bedrooms. Our house was not an exemption. ...
  • Dia
    2008-04-15
    What turned out to be the most interesting to me as I devoured this lush book was Tolstoy's amazing ability to show how we change our minds, or how our minds just do change -- how enamored we become of a person, a place, a whole population, an idea, an ideal -- and then how that great love, which seemed so utterly meaningful and complete, sours or evaporates just days, hours, or even minutes later -- in short, how truly fickle we are. And at the ...
  • Roy Lotz
    2013-05-30
    “Anna Karenina,” my friend told me, “is one of the few books that have influenced how I live my life from day to day.”This statement touches on a question I often wonder about: Can reading great fiction make you a better person? I don’t mean to ask whether it can improve your mental agility or your knowledge of the world, for it undoubtedly does. But can these books make you kinder, wiser, more moral, more content? The answer to this qu...
  • Jenn(ifer)
    2012-03-24
    Read the end of Anna Karenina and listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUmdR...It’ll break your heart.When I first completed this book, I sat down at my computer and attempted to review it, and all I could come up with was, “F*ck you, Tolstoy!!” I know that sounds juvenile, but I still have that feeling. I’m so ANGRY with him for what he did to Anna. I’m so angry that we were barely given a chance to know her. (Yes, I'm ...
  • Michelle
    2016-01-09
    Everyone has their crazy reasons for reading a book. I was never really planning to read "Anna Karenina" in my lifetime at all. Alas, I saw a trailer of the 2012 film recently and it was breath taking! Something about Keira Knightley is art. Something I cannot pinpoint as a mere mortal, but she always has the knack to make me believe that characters could live and breathe beyond the books. So why didn't I watch the full movie? For the stupid reas...
  • Shine Sebastian
    2017-03-30
    GREAT, in the highest sense of the word.Characters as deep and alive as the ocean, themes as diverse and as innumerable as grains of sand, a writing as powerful as a thunderstorm, as beautiful as a serene dawn, and as incomprehensible at times and yet all the more fascinating as this mysterious and neverending universe itself, and we have, in my opinion, the greatest work on life, freedom, faith, fate, love, suffering, and the human HEART ... - A...
  • David Schaafsma
    2012-08-28
    Levin (which is what the title should be, since he is the main character, the real hero and the focus of the book!) (But who would read the book with that title, I know!)If you don't want to know the ending, don't read this review, though I won't actually talk about what happens to Anna specifically, something I knew 40 years ago without even reading the book. I didn't read the book to find out what happens to her. I knew that. Probably many of y...
  • AMEERA
    2018-02-03
    OMG 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼’
  • Perry
    2013-06-07
    Passing Through the Human Passions"...Let him first cast a stone at her"I read this Tolstoy masterpiece for the first time five years ago, coming to it with a cynicism formed by my mistaken impression that it was simply about Anna Karenina's terminal adulterous affair and her despicable selfishness toward her son. I thought the novel would, no doubt, effectively demonstrate the tragic consequences of self-centeredness and the absence of a moral c...
  • Arah-Lynda
    2016-04-20
    If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. At long last I can put another notch in my literary belt. It has been a long time coming. For whatever reason the thought of reading Tolstoy has always intimidated me. Perhaps I was worried that I would not, well in truth, not so much like it really as understand it. Phftttt that was never really an issue and surprise, surprise I enjoyed this story even if I did find parts of it excruciatingly ...
  • jessica
    2018-05-24
    i am actually only on page 425, but i have decided to take an indefinite hiatus from this book. as i have every intention to continue this, but am unsure when that will be, here are my thoughts on the book so far (just as a note for future me): tolstoy is a master character creator. and although he is very skilled at conveying pre-revolution life and society, i have found much more enjoyment in his characters than the plot. that being said, there...
  • Beverly
    2018-07-05
    Inspired to read Anna Karenina by a Goodreads' friend, I would have to say that it is quite splendid. I wouldn't dare to write a review as I don't have the gravitas or knowledge of great literature to do so, but I will say that it is not only about the title character; in fact I don't think she's the most important person in the novel. It's a story about what makes a happy family and there are several on display here. It is also a comparison of t...