Anna Karenina

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The best Book Anna Karenina published 2020 Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density.Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existAnna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density.Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life s many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.. Bestseller Books Anna Karenina 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 stare that combines allure and deep sadness. "Who's that?" I asked my grandpa when I was five, and without missing a beat he answered, "Anna Karenina". Actually, it was "A Stranger" by Ivan Kramskoy (1883) - but for me it has always remained the mysterious and beautiful Anna Karenina, the femme fatale of Russian literature. (Imagine my childish glee when I saw this portrait used for the cover of this book in the edition I chose!) **Yet, "Anna Karenina" is a misleading title for this hefty tome as Anna's story is just the tip of an iceberg, as half of the story is devoted to Konstantin Levin, Tolstoy's alter ego (Count Leo's Russian name was Lev. Lev --> Levin), preoccupied with Russian peasantry and its relationship to land, as well as torn over faith and his lack of it, Levin whose story continues for chapters after Anna meets her train. But Anna gives the book its name, and her plight spoke more to me than the philosophical dealings of an insecure and soul-searching Russian landowner, and so her story comes first. Sorry, Leo Levin.Anna's chapters tell a story of a beautiful married woman who had a passionate affair with an officer and then somehow, in her quest for love, began a downward spiral fueled by jealousy and guilt and societal prejudices and stifling attitudes. "But I'm glad you will see me as I am. The chief thing I shouldn't like would be for people to imagine I want to prove anything. I don't want to prove anything; I merely want to live, to do no one harm but myself. I have the right to do that, haven't I?"On one hand, there's little new about the story of a forbidden, passionate, overwhelming affair resulting in societal scorn and the double standards towards a man and a woman involved in the same act. Few readers will be surprised that it is Anna who gets the blame for the affair, that it is Anna who is considered "fallen" and undesirable in the society, that it is Anna who is dependent on men in whichever relationship she is in because by societal norms of that time a woman was little else but a companion to her man. There is nothing new about the sad contrasts between the opportunities available to men and to women of that time - and the strong sense of superiority that men feel in this patriarchial world. No, there is nothing else in that, tragic as it may be."Anything, only not divorce!" answered Darya Alexandrovna."But what is anything?""No, it is awful! She will be no one's wife, she will be lost!"*No, where Lev Tolstoy excels is the portrayal of Anna's breakdown, Anna's downward spiral, the unraveling of her character under the ingrained guilt, crippling insecurity and the pressure the others - and she herself - place on her. Anna, a lovely, energetic, captivating woman, full of life and beauty, simply crumbles, sinks into despair, fueled by desperation and irrationality and misdirected passion. "And he tried to think of her as she was when he met her the first time, at a railway station too, mysterious, exquisite, loving, seeking and giving happiness, and not cruelly revengeful as he remembered her on that last moment."A calm and poised lady slowly and terrifyingly descends into fickle moods and depression and almost maniacal liveliness in between, tormented by her feeling of (imagined) abandonment and little self-worth and false passions which are little else but futile attempts to fill the void, the never-ending emptiness... This is what Tolstoy is a master at describing, and this is what was grabbing my heart and squeezing the joy out of it in anticipation of inevitable tragedy to come."In her eyes the whole of him, with all his habits, ideas, desires, with all his spiritual and physical temperament, was one thing—love for women, and that love, she felt, ought to be entirely concentrated on her alone. That love was less; consequently, as she reasoned, he must have transferred part of his love to other women or to another woman—and she was jealous. She was jealous not of any particular woman but of the decrease of his love. Not having got an object for her jealousy, she was on the lookout for it. At the slightest hint she transferred her jealousy from one object to another."Yes, it's the little evils, the multitude of little faces of unhappiness that Count Tolstoy knows how to portray with such sense of reality that it's quite unsettling - be it the blind jealousy of Anna or Levin, be it the shameless cheating and spending of Stiva Oblonsky, be it the moral stuffiness and limits of Arkady Karenin, the parental neglects of both Karenins to their children, the lies, the little societal snipes, the disappointments, the failures, the pervasive selfishness... All of it is so unsettlingly well-captured on page that you do realize Tolstoy must have believed in the famous phrase that he penned for this book's opening line: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."Tolstoy is excellent at showing that, despite what we tend to believe, getting what you wanted does not bring happiness. "Vronsky, meanwhile, in spite of the complete realization of what he had so long desired, was not perfectly happy. He soon felt that the realization of his desires gave him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the mistake men make in picturing to themselves happiness as the realization of their desires. "*And yet, just like in real life, there are no real villains, no real unsympathetic characters that cause obstacles for our heroes, the villains whom it feels good to hate. No, everyone, in addition to their pathetic little ugly traits also has redeeming qualities. Anna's husband, despite appearing as a monster to Anna after her passionate affair, still is initially willing to give her the freedom of the divorce that she needs. Stiva Oblonsky, repulsive in his carelessness and cheating, wins us over with his gregarious and genuinely friendly personality; Anna herself, despite her outbursts, is a devoted mother to her son (at least initially). Levin may appear to be monstrous in his jealousy, but the next moment he is so overwhelmingly in love that it's hard not to forgive him. And I love this greyness of each character, so lifelike and full.And, of course, the politics - so easily forgettable by readers of this book that carries the name of the heroine of a passionate forbidden affair. The dreaded politics that bored me to tears when I was fifteen. And yet these are the politics and the questions that were so much on the mind of Count Tolstoy, famous to his compatriots for his love and devotion to peasants, that he devoted almost half of this thick tome to it, discussed through the thoughts of Konstantin Levin. *Levin, a landowner with a strong capacity for compassion, self-reflection and curiosity about Russian love for land, as well as a striking political apathy, is Tolstoy's avatar in trying to make sense of a puzzling Russian peasantry culture, which failed to be understood by many of his compatriots educated on the ideas and beliefs of industrialized Europe. "He considered a revolution in economic conditions nonsense. But he always felt the injustice of his own abundance in comparison with the poverty of the peasants, and now he determined that so as to feel quite in the right, though he had worked hard and lived by no means luxuriously before, he would now work still harder, and would allow himself even less luxury."I have to say - I understood his ideas more this time, but I could not really feel for the efforts of the devoted and kind landowner striving to understand the soul of Russian peasants. Maybe it's because I mentally kept fast-forwarding mere 50 years, to the Socialist Revolution of 1917 that would leave most definitely Levin and Kitty and their children dead, or less likely, in exile; the revolution which, as Tolstoy almost predicted, focused on the workers and despised the loved by Count Leo peasants, the revolution that despised the love for owning land and working it that Tolstoy felt was at the center of the Russian soul. But it is still incredibly interesting to think about and to analyze because even a century and a half later there's still enough truth and foresight in Tolstoy's musings, after all. Even if I disagree with so many of his views, they are still thought-provoking, no doubts about it."If he had been asked whether he liked or didn't like the peasants, Konstantin Levin would have been absolutely at a loss what to reply. He liked and did not like the peasants, just as he liked and did not like men in general. Of course, being a good-hearted man, he liked men rather than he disliked them, and so too with the peasants. But like or dislike "the people" as something apart he could not, not only because he lived with "the people," and all his interests were bound up with theirs, but also because he regarded himself as a part of "the people," did not see any special qualities or failings distinguishing himself and "the people," and could not contrast himself with them."========================It's a 3.5 star book for me. Why? Well, because of Tolstoy's prose, of course - because of its wordiness and repetitiveness. Yes, Tolstoy is the undisputed king of creating page-long sentences (which I love, by the way - love that is owed in full to my literature-teacher mother admiring them and making me punctuate these never-ending sentences correctly for grammar exercises). But he is also a master of restating the obvious, repeating the same thought over and over and over again in the same sentence, in the same paragraph, until the reader is ready to cry for some respite. This, as well as Levin's at times obnoxious preachiness and the author's frequently very patriarchial views, was what made this book substantially less enjoyable than it could have been. --------By the way, there is an excellent 1967 Soviet film based on this book that captures the spirit of the book quite well (and, if you so like, has a handy function to turn on English subtitles): first part is here, and the second part is here. I highly recommend this film.And even better version of this classic is the British TV adaptation (2000) with stunning Helen McCrory as perfect Anna and lovely Paloma Baeza as perfect Kitty.
Anna Karenina Sep , Directed by Joe Wright With Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen In late th century Russian high society, St Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. Anna Karenina novel by Tolstoy Britannica Anna Karenina, novel by Leo Tolstoy, published in installments between and and considered one of the pinnacles of world literature The narrative centres on the adulterous affair between Anna, wife of Aleksey Karenin, and Count Vronsky, a young bachelor Karenin s discovery of the liaison Anna Karenina Apr , Directed by Bernard Rose With Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner Anna Marceau is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky Bean Based on the novel by Tolstoy. Anna Karenina Rotten Tomatoes Anna Karenina is a great story, and this is an adaptation that gets better each time you see it At first, it can be a bit confusing, because it is like a musical piece that one has to hear Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world s greatest color But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy s best book, is definitely one ripping great read.Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing

  1. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world s greatest novelists Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  1. 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 stare that combines allure and deep sadness Who s that I asked my [...]


  2. 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 won t But after a few days, you settle in, and you feel the im [...]



  3. 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 something Nazis did though, of course, burning Disco re [...]


  4. 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 reason that I can t sit still just being a passive audience fo [...]


  5. In lieu of a proper review of my favorite book, and in addition to the remark that it would be 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 Stevenson and His Wife by John Singer SargentKitty Scherbatsky [...]


  6. 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 long read, not because of it s size and length necessarily, [...]


  7. 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 parts of the book that took my breath because I realized [...]


  8. 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 s classic nineteenth century classic novel Although [...]



  9. 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 has some time to do it His characters aren t static, bu [...]


  10. 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 actually was.So, how amazed was I that Anna K has shown me t [...]


  11. 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 you find yourself instantly engrossed in this kind of Ru [...]


  12. 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 the context of gender That is, are discussants likely to assume a f [...]


  13. 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 other people who were always destined to meet, regardless [...]


  14. 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 This was before my brother joined the US Navy A decade after, Ma [...]


  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 enad 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 same time, each of the characters was in some way stable they ha [...]


  16. 840 Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy 1985 Characters Princess Ekaterina Kitty Aleksandrovna Shcherbatskaya, Anna Arkadyevna Karenina, Count Aleksei Kirillovich Vronsky, Konstantin Kostya Dmitrievitch Levin, Prince Stepan Stiva Arkadyevitch Oblonsky 1348 346 1378 1024 2 9644481127 1383 496 9649360166 1388 864 9789646552364


  17. Read the end of Anna Karenina and listen to this song youtube watch v 4mUmdRIt 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 aware that she s a fictional character who never actually existed So She was real to me [...]


  18. 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, moral, content The answer to this question is far from self evident And maybe we should be doubtful, when we con [...]


  19. 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 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 Anna Karenina


  20. 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 compass Beyond that, I was a cynic.My skepticism was mi [...]



  21. 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 you know or knew the ending before reading the book And thi [...]


  22. 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 tedious.At its core Anna Karenina is a love story It ce [...]


  23. Amor, Felicidade, Paix oA Felicidade um estado de Amor permanente.Ama se o sol, o mar, o c u, as nuvens, respirar, caminhar, as flores, o canto dos p ssarosAma se, Ama se, Ama se Simplesmente Ama se Contudo, n o por gera o espont nea que esse estado de amor iluminado acontece sim, um processo gradual.E a que o Amor pelo Outro entra em palco Quando se ama desmedidamente algu m, esse amor transborda extravasa tocando tudo nossa volta Transita por osmose para o Todo que nos rodeia.Sorrimos Celebram [...]


  24. Look it seems to be the favorite novel among so many great novelists Nabokov, Faulkner, Kundra, Joyce even Dostoevsky but I happen to be in agreement with Rebecca West when she says, And plainly Anna kareinna was written simply to convince Tolstoy that there was nothing in this expensive and troublesome business of adultery If you read novels to be at somewhere else and don t mind that place to be boring this will work for you It is a perfect chronicle of its times The trouble is I happened to [...]


  25. From the Introduction I am writing a novel, Tolstoy informed his friend the critic Nikolai Strakhov on 11 May 1873, referring to the book that was to become Anna Karenina I ve been at it for than a month now and the main lines are traced out This novel is truly a novel, the first in my life Earlier this year, I came across a quote so attractive, that I thought whatever book it was from was automatically good In other words, I had to read it I ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you [...]


  26. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way Tolstoy draws us into the tragedy by looking down in disdain at boring, happy families the Brady family always comes to my mind and sells his book by deciding that unhappy families provide variety and thus entertainment, however tragic From the start, we know that things will end badly, so later when we are introduced to Anna and Vronsky, we are fascinated by the details on how things will un [...]


  27. At the end of Gogol s Dead Souls a Troika gallops off leaving the author to ask with a flourish where it is speeding off to Gogol on his death bed was struck by a severe case of religion and had the rest of the novel put on the fire some pages were rescued , but symbolically, as a question about Russia and which direction the country should be travelling towards the image hangs over the literature and politics of nineteenth century Russia, above all perhaps in Tolstoy s Anna Karenina.The Ideolog [...]


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