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Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library) (original 1877; edition 1992)

by Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude (Translator), Aylmer Maude (Translator), John Bayley (Introduction)

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Title:Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library)
Authors:Leo Tolstoy
Other authors:Louise Maude (Translator), Aylmer Maude (Translator), John Bayley (Introduction)
Info:Everyman's Library (1992), Edition: Later printing, Hardcover, 1024 pages
Collections:Fiction, Your library
Tags:fiction, literature, everyman's library

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

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There were some really good parts, but they don't make up for aaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll the tedious parts.

I listened to the audio book and had 2 hours leading up to her suicide when I turned it off. I just didn't care enough about her to listen to it. Frankly, I wished she'd done it sooner and more quickly. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
So i did like it but was not a book that blew me away. This was another story written for the rich of the times since they were the only ones who could read. However; i loved the build up of characters and truly got to know some of them in a very deep way. Was also interesting to find out what Russia was like before communism set in. Tolstoy's writing is wonderful; but the story just wasn't one that gabbed me. ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
I think that somewhere among the endless digressions there is a plot but don’t ask me to summarise it because I can’t remember.

I do recall the occasional scene that interested me, hence why I’ve rated it two stars instead of one, but in a book of this epic length, “occasional” interest is pretty lame.

I remember being irritated by the amount of characters that kept being introduced for no real purpose and how slow-paced the narrative is.

Most readers may consider this a classic, but I like something with a small cast of vivid characters and a definitive plot, not passive prose, excess characters, and boring digressions that are designed for the author’s satisfaction. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jun 28, 2017 |
This book was not for me! I listened to the audio book and had to check it out multiple times in order to get through it. I even sped up the track to get through it faster. I didn't like any of the characters and I didn't enjoy any of the politics. I know some people love this book but, again, it wasn't for me. I pushed through it just because it is on the "Must Read" lists. ( )
  midkid88 | Jun 19, 2017 |
I have my own personal category for certain types of novels: "Stupid People Doing Stupid Things, and Why Should I Care?" The characters in Anna Karenina mostly fall into this category, still, somehow, Tolstoy makes the novel interesting. Levin and Kitty are pretty much the only characters who are sympathetic. Anna Karenina is totally self-absorbed and self-pitying. I felt no pity whatsoever for her. I realize Tolstoy was making social statements about Russian culture at that time, but it might have worked better if Anna was a better person who was victimized by society and fought bravely rather than being pretty much a basket case. SPOILER ALERT:

When Anna comitted suicide, I didn't care, was glad to get this character out of the novel.

The translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is suberb. Years ago, when I was 14 I read War and Peace, translated by Louise and Alymer Maude with a forward by Clifton Fadiman. That was a good translation as well. Later, in my 30s, I tried to read War and Peace again, the Constance Garnett translation. It was, for me at least, pretty bad. A few years ago I bought War and Peace, the Pevear and Volokhonsky version and expect that to be a fine translation when I try reading the novel again. ( )
  CharlesBoyd | Jun 7, 2017 |
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Eindelijk Anna Karenina gelezen. Ik vond het een heftig boek. Soms wat lastig te lezen met al die Russische namen en bijnamen en familieverbanden. Sommige stukken waren heel intens, over geboorte en dood. Maar ik blijf achter met het gevoel dat ik het boek niet goed snap. Het duurt heel lang voordat het perspectief van Anna wordt gekozen (steeds staat iemand anders centraal, maar Anna blijft vooral iemand waar anderen omheen cirkelen. Wat haar gevoelens zijn, blijft lang onduidelijk). Pas op het laatst zijn er wat Eline Vere-achtige scenes (Couperus moet dit boek gelezen hebben), waarin waan en werkelijkheid door elkaar lopen. Het einde snapte ik absoluut niet. Reacties op de zelfmoord van Anna zijn er nauwelijks; de laatste 30 blz zijn een soort filosofische verhandeling. Het boek eindigt optimistisch. Als het boek zou herlezen (maar voorlopig niet), zou ik zeker de nieuwe vertaling nemen. Deze vertaling vond ik niet geweldig.

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Vengeance is mine; I will repay. ~ Deuteronomy 32:35
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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (C. Garnett, 1946) and (J. Carmichael, 1960)
Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему. Всё смешалось в доме Облонских.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
All happy families resemble one another, every unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion. (N. H. Dole, 1886)
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Pevear, Volokhonsky, 2000)
"Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be." [Anna, p744 (2000)]
"He has long ceased loving me. And where love stops, hatred begins." [Anna, p763 (2000)]
Every minute of Alexei Alexandrovich's life was occupied and scheduled. And in order to have time to do what he had to do each day, he held to the strictest punctuality. 'Without haste and without rest' was his motto. [p109 (2000)]
Every man, knowing to the smallest detail all the complexity of the conditions surrounding him, involuntarily assumes that the complexity of these conditions and the difficulty of comprehending them are only his personal, accidental peculiarity, and never thinks that others are surrounded by the same complexity as he is. [p302 (2000)]
Vronsky meanwhile, despite the full realization of what he had desired for so long, was not fully happy. He soon felt that the realization of his desire had given him only a grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the the eternal error people make in imagining that happiness is the realization of desires. [...] He soon felt arise in his soul a desire for desires, an anguish. [p465 (2000)]
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This is the work for the complete Anna Karenina. Please do not combine with any of the works representing the individual volumes (see combination rules regarding part/whole issues for details), or with abridged versions. Thank you.

The original Russian title was “Анна Каренина”.

Please keep the Norton Critical Edition books un-combined with the rest of them - it is significantly different with thorough explanatory annotations, essays by other authors, and reviews by other authors. Thank you.
This is the work of Leo Tolstoy, not Henri Troyat.
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«In Anna Karenina è rappresentata la colpa come ostacolo, anzi come barriera invalicabile al raggiungimento della felicità. Accanto ad Anna e a Vronskij, che non possono essere felici insieme, vediamo come Levin e Kitty ottengono in fondo con facilità, nonostante qualche dibattito interiore, quello che è negato agli altri due: ma Kitty ha saputo dimenticare Vronskij e, rinunciando a lui, rinunciare agli ideali poetici, ricchi di fascino e di bellezza esteriore, ricchi di pregi mondani, della sua giovinezza. Rinunciando a questi ideali, Kitty scopre che la realtà usuale e consueta, lungi dall'essere meschina e squallida, è assai preziosa e bella. È questa la storia di molti personaggi di Tolstoj».
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0143035002, Paperback)

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 Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

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Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come.… (more)

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