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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April 29, 2014
This is a really nice book please read it!
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.
February 08, 2014
This book is incredibly timeless.
October 13, 2013
Great book from one of the world greatest author Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy!
October 01, 2013
I love it , it reminds me of my youth
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.
August 24, 2013
Painstakingly written in artistic detail.
January 26, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Begoña Medina Atienza
November 04, 2012
A. Wonderful writer with a spirit too complicated and not always good
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!
September 30, 2012
It is amazing how much nothing has changed for people.
September 20, 2012
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.
August 01, 2012
One of the best books ever written!
July 13, 2012
Just started reading, it's so...entertaining and the suspension is already ready to blow!!
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.
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!
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.
April 28, 2012
The best romantic book I ever read
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.
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.