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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina (original 1877; edition 2004)

by Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)

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Title:Anna Karenina
Authors:Leo Tolstoy
Other authors:Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (2004), Paperback, 862 pages
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

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I actually read Anna Karenina back in 2004, out of curiosity, because Oprah had chosen this book (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky) for her book club. Even after all these years I remember that summer of Anna Karenina, from its famous first line -- "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" to the sad fate of Anna Karenina -- and how I was captivated all the way throughout the long story even though I had, and still have, the tendency to choose lighter reads during the good old summertime. Definitely want to re-read again in the future -- maybe next summer? ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Jun 22, 2016 |
Too wordy. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

This book was wonderful masterpiece and very well written. The organization of the story was written with such poise and accuracy it had no flaws. Even though it was a lengthy novel and could have been edited down to fewer pages I thought it was still well worth the read. I’m afraid my review will give it no justice so bare with me. It was an easy story to follow, the era only enhanced the quality, setting, the well developed characters, the dialogue, and the lightheartedness vs. the heartbreaking scenario’s that allowed the reader to flow with the story. It is the magnificent insights into the human experience, presented with a clarity that will take your breath away in this passionate historical world that Tolstoy has created. Tolstoy’s written achievement of passages filled with love, death, betrayal, forgiveness, intellect, faith, religion, and government takes the reader into the minds of each of his characters and what they are struggling with personally. The novel exhibited dramatic changes and complicated issue in the characters lives and many discussions and debates on the societal and moral values placed mainly on Anna Karenina and Konstantin Levin the two lives the reader follows throughout the book.

The story was set in the 1800’s in Russia when women struggled with society, change and questioning the meaning of life. It’s a story about Anna Karenina, a women who is satisfied being married even though she didn’t love her husband but adored her son and felt comfortable with her life until the day she meets Count Vronsky…..He pursues her and she falls in love with him and he convinces her to become his lover, and commence in an adulterous affair. Soon, word gets around, the distasteful gossip spreads, and with little hesitation she finds herself telling her husband. The story also revolves around several family members and friends who try to inform her the right and moral thing to do. For a while she stayed with her husband but did not give up her lover. Anna became pregnant by Vronsky while living with her husband and even gave birth to a baby girl in Karenina’s home with Vronsky at her side. I felt Anna’s husband did everything he could to try and save the marriage as far as forgiving her, loving another man’s child, being demoralize in public and let down by friends and family. There is so much more to that part of Anna Karenina’s life but I only touched on the bases of her story.

While Anna’s life goes on another story is weaved between the chapters. It’s the life of Konstanin Levin, an agricultural sort of guy, who works and lives on his family’s estate which is a farm, labored by peasants. He has two other brothers who left the family home and went in different directions for a better life. Levin loved his work and he got to the point the wanted to settle down and get married. He had a special woman in mind named Kitty. A lot of issues, events, adventure, turmoil went on in his life such as; being rejected by Kitty when he proposed, a brother who was a problem, land and labor disputes, being involved in politics, a busy life to manage but he did end up getting married and having a son and found out that marriage was not what he imagined….

The two lives do connect in a creative way and with some misconceptions along the path that only Anna herself construed when she fell in love with Vronsky. Anna’s personality brought a lot to the novel. Even though her morals were unjust, she was a likable stunning person and her using misjudgment at the end allowed Leo Tolstoy creating a surprising end….

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |

On Ezzulia, a Dutch Bookcommunity, we had decide to read Anna Karenina in anticipation to the - then - upcoming movie. Bravely I started reading, but it wasn't what I had expected it to be.

First, Anna was a bitch. I didn't like reading about her, and her story was only a little part of the book.
Second, I was not all that interested in 19th century Russian agriculture.

I like my classic every now and then, but I thought this one was quite boring. I had to push myself to finish reading it, after about three months (!).
It reminded me of Couperus' book Eline Vere. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Tolstoy is a top five author for me, and Davina Porter is my favorite narrator. I have been wanting to re-read this, after 15 years have gone by, to see what I missed the first time around. I can't think of a better way to re-encounter this book! I am still astounded at the fact that Tolstoy could give this subject such in-depth treatment. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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Each time I reread Anna Karenina, picking my way past the attics and cellars and rusting machinery of Tolstoy's obsessions and prejudices, a new layer of his craft emerges, to the point where, for all my admiration of Joyce, Beckett and Kelman, I begin to question whether the novel form isn't too artisanal a medium for the surface experimentation of the modernist project ever to transcend the flexing of space and time that apparently conventional language can achieve in the hands of a master.

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Tolstoy, Leoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayley, JohnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bayley, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dole, Nathan HaskellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edmonds, RosemaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farrell, James T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallero, VíctorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ginzburg , LeoneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gurin, JacobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gurin, Morris S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hašková, TatjanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Huisman, WilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kool, Halbo C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leclée, JacobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Matulay, LaszloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maude, AylmerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pyykkö, LeaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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