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Anna Karenina by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
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Anna Karenina

by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy

158 ratings, 26 reviews

Considered "the greatest novel of all time," Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was published in serial form between the years 1873 and 1877. It opens with the famous line "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." The novel is about love and adultery, and it portrays the tangled love lives of myriad characters: Oblonsky, who has cheated on his wife with the governess, is about to lose his family until sister Anna shows up to cool things out. But on the train ride she meets the dashing Count Vronsky, who is already engaged. Anna, married for ten years, falls in love with Vronsky and then... well everything blows up in her face. Mini plot descriptions, however, do little justice to the masterpiece that is Anna Karenina.

Another thread that Tolstoy follows is of the character Levin, who's a gentleman farmer (and a portrait of Tolstoy himself). Levin is eccentric and philosophical, and his fears and doubts about the big questions in life are a nice relief from the chaotic mess of the aristocrats. His connection to Anna and Vronsky is his wife Kitty, who might or might not love Count Vronsky as well. The two relationships are at opposite poles: one is all chaos, drama, and passion, while the other is chill and content. Only you can decide which is right.

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Miffd Rym

April 29, 2014

This is a really nice book please read it!

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Linda Butcher

February 21, 2014

it is long and somtimes tedious,but the more i read it,832 pages so far, the more I realize human nature is not that much different now than when the book was written. i am glad that I ampersistant.

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Jenny Stahl

February 08, 2014

This book is incredibly timeless.

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Violetta Semenova

October 13, 2013

Great book from one of the world greatest author Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy!

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Salih Alashgar

October 01, 2013

I love it , it reminds me of my youth

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Heather Vach

September 12, 2013

It's amazing how I got to know each of the characters so well. The love and despair that Anna experienced was nearly tangible. Very long book but worth it.

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Mark Villanueva

August 24, 2013

Painstakingly written in artistic detail.

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Elisa Herrera

January 26, 2013

Great work!!!

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Norma Pando

December 19, 2012

Reading this book i felt like i was tranported to that era. I so enjoyed the richness of character brought to each of the personas in the story. As a human i related so much in Levin. I really saw him more as the main character but the struggles of those days for Anna i could understand. The entire royali of the people is still difficult to follow with so many princes princesses, and so on. The wars are a bit foreign but didn't make the whole of the story so it didn't interrupt the story. Tough quite lengthy I enjoyed it very much.

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Deb Black

December 11, 2012

Hard to understand the title as the entire basis of the book is the life of levin and his constant search for his belief in the divine. Anna karinina is more a very sad story within a story, that shows heartlessness and a hardness that is still prevalent today in the attempts to control and destroy lives. But, nevertheless, a beautiful tale.

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Virginia Stephens

December 11, 2012

Anna deserves it's reputation. Although Levin,s thoughts on agriculture and the peasantry become tiresome, the character development is among the finest in all literature. one wonders how a a man could have such understanding of a woman,s mind.

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Zuzana Forrest

November 14, 2012

Character development in this book is beyond perfect. I still can't believe that a man (Tolstoy) was able to describe so thoroughly and accurately a woman's feelings and thought processing. Amazing!

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Sashank Kini

November 14, 2012

I was introduced to Tolstoy through ' Anna Karenina' and I'm glad it happened this way as I would have been disappointed had I read Karenina after completing War and Peace, since the latter is an immaculate and a vastly better novel. Of course it does not mean that Karenina is disppointing, but the change in the tone of the content in the book, majorly influenced by Tolstoy's complexly evolving views towards life, made certain parts drag, especially he ones with Levin, who shares a commonness with the auhor himself. The portions with Karenina are written with great thought and certainly bring the novl to life, just as Natasha brought War and Peace to life. A must read even then.

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Begoña Medina Atienza

November 04, 2012

A. Wonderful writer with a spirit too complicated and not always good

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Ali Carroll

October 21, 2012

I first read this book 20 years ago and have just finished it again. The characters feeling are so well written and relavant even today. A long book but a real joy to read again!

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Amanda Hwang

September 30, 2012

It is amazing how much nothing has changed for people.

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Skyler Stokes

September 20, 2012

Bob

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Sheri Mauck

September 14, 2012

Leo Tolstoy is capable of becoming all the characters in his story, of wording their thoughts convincingly. This novel exalts the thoughts and morals of the reader.

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Iskra Kirva

August 01, 2012

One of the best books ever written!

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Helena Fuluifaga

July 13, 2012

Just started reading, it's so...entertaining and the suspension is already ready to blow!!

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Amy Depew

June 18, 2012

Meh. I kept waiting for it to get better, but I wasn't thrilled with it. There were some great moments, but it was too descriptive just for description's sake. I was especially let down by the ending.

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Cherrie Jane

June 03, 2012

There are a multiple love/ relationship stories that show realistic aspects of connections between lovers from strained (to say the least) to passionately or even comfortably in love. It was much more relative to today than I expected. It was so difficult to put down that I had to download the book and the audiobook- otherwise I would have been sitting around reading it all day!

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Ian Wood

May 21, 2012

At first I thought it was to be too old to be relevant but I was so wrong. Fantastic and so true even in today's world. I just couldn't put it down until it was finished.

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Trufina Irina

April 28, 2012

The best romantic book I ever read

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Nancy Leon

January 24, 2012

So much of Tolstoy's story strikes me as familiar and real even today. There are parts and characters that make me so angry, and so much I can identify with.

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Marina Pekerman

August 12, 2011

The translation into English is so familiar and close to Russian one - it is a real luck and happiness to read such a translation. Thanks. The plot of this book is not necessary in introduction - world famous. Adore it.