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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
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 crea...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143035008
ISBN-10: 0143035002
Publication Date: 5/2004
Pages: 838
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 267 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 5
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.

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Helpful Score: 5
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
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Helpful Score: 4
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).
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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
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This book provides a most excellent translation of this classic 19th C. tale chronicling the affair of a married Russian socialite and an affluent military officer. Shunned from high society when the affair is found out, Anna becomes increasingly isolated and suspicious that her lover has committed infidelities against her. She ultimately commits suicide by train when consumed by her own conflicting feelings. Thus, Anna's pain allows Tolstoy to explore the themes of hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society, progress, carnal desire and passion, notably juxtaposed against the experiences of several other couples as the story unfolds. Tolstoy also explores aspects of Russian life associated with the country [agrarian connection to land] in contrast to the lifestyles typical of the city. An excellent read!
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Tough reading. Worth the effort.
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