This was awesome, the best translations of Anna Karenina that I have ever read. If you have never read Anna Karenina and are a tad bit interested this is the translation for you. Very clear and precise.
Well, I can finally say that I have read something by Tolstoy. This is truly a work of excellence full of richly-developed characters. Even the shallow characters are deep. The Russian names are confusing at first until you get used to it. The story is compelling and thought provoking addressing the question of the meaning of life to which we all want the answer. Feel free to email with any quesitons. ~LeAnn
It's a really engaging read, a classic. Not only do you remember the characters for years to come, but you see a tragedy unfold and can use it as a cautionary tale for avoiding disasters in your own life (not necessarily with adultery, but with any mistakes that have potentially far-reaching consequences).
I read War and Peace (okay, I listened to it tape) because my teens were reading it for their bookclub. I got so caught up in the characters, it was a great story. I went right on to Anna Kanenina and loved it also. Why do we let ourselves be intimidated by these huge dusty classics? I was sorry when it ended because I had spent so much time with the characters.
I lead an Evening Book Club and we chose Anna Karenina as a classic to read. We all enjoyed the multiple characters developed by Tolstoy and noticed the similarity between the character Levin and Tolstoy himself. I would recommend this book even though it is long (Tolstoy could have cut 100-200 pages!!!) Our group enjoyed the discussions around the characters, and discussed wheter we liked or disliked. We spent time talking about Tolstoy's life and times and his bohemian lifestyle. We could not agree whether Tolstoy liked Annan or not. If you are interested in classics and a range of authors this is a must read