Ion 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 menAnna Karenina Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer SargentAlexei Karenin Portrait of Edouard Manet by Henri Fantin LatourAlexei Vronsky Study of a Young Man by John Singer SargentKonstantin Levin Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife by John Singer SargentKitty Scherbatsky Portrait of Julie Manet by Pierre Auguste RenoirStepan Arkadyick Oblonsky Monsieur Charpentier by Pierre Auguste RenoirDolly Oblonsky The Marchioness of Downshire by John William WaterhouseAn old muzhik Tolstoy Plowing by Ilya Yefimovich Repin yes that is really a painting of Tolstoy himself and he looks like what I imagine an old muzhik to look like goodness me russians are dramatic and i wouldnt have it any other way tolstoy is a master character creator and although he is very skilled at conveying pre revolution life and society i have ound much enjoyment in his characters shoutout to my boy levin than the plot that being said there is a certain complexity in tolstoys method of storytelling there isnt a clear resolution in sight A Fatal Debt: A Novel for most of the novel so it left me eager to see what the characters would do and how the story would play outalso on a side note i am of the strong opinion that leo was on one when he chose the titleor this 45 stars 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 sayMy 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 The White Ballets five and without missing a beat he answered Anna Karenina Actually it was A Stranger by Ivan Kramskoy 1883 butor me it has always remained the mysterious and beautiful Anna Karenina the emme atale of Russian literature Imagine my childish glee when I saw this portrait used or the cover of this book in the edition I chose Yet Anna Karenina is a misleading title or 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 The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College faith and his lack of it Levin whose story continuesor chapters after Anna meets her train But Anna gives the book its name and her plight spoke to me than the philosophical dealings of an insecure and soul searching Russian landowner and so her story comes Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin first Sorry Leo LevinAnna s chapters tell a story of a beautiful married woman who had a passionate affair with an officer and then somehow in her uestor love began a downward spiral Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South 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 beor 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 IOn one hand there s little new about the story of a Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices 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 blameor the affair that it is Anna who is considered Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism 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 meneel in this patriarchial world No there is nothing else in that tragic as it may be Anything only not divorce answered Darya AlexandrovnaBut what is anythingNo it is awful She will be no one s wife she will be lostNo 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 Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas full of life and beauty simply crumbles sinks into despairueled by desperation and irrationality and misdirected passion And he tried to think of her as she was when he met her the After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry first time at a railway station too mysterious exuisite loving seeking and giving happiness and not cruelly revengeful as he remembered her on that last momentA calm and poised lady slowly and terrifyingly descends intoickle moods and depression and almost maniacal liveliness in between tormented by her Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread feeling of imagined abandonment and little self worth andalse passions which are little else but Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes futile attempts toill the void the never ending emptiness This is what Tolstoy is a master at describing and this is what was grabbing my heart and sueezing 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 or women and that love she elt ought to be entirely concentrated on her alone That love was less conseuently 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 or her jealousy she was on the lookout or it At the slightest hint she transferred her jealousy She Weeps Each Time You're Born from one object to anotherYes it s the little evils the multitude of littleaces of unhappiness that Count Tolstoy knows how to portray with such sense of reality that it s uite 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 ailures the pervasive selfishness All of it is so unsettlingly well captured on page that you do realize Tolstoy must have believed in the amous phrase that he penned Seven Days, Seven Dinners for this book s opening line Happyamilies are all alike every unhappy A Northern Light family is unhappy in its own wayTolstoy 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 soonelt that the realization of his desires gave him no 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 If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas for our heroes the villains whom iteels good to hate No everyone in addition to their pathetic little ugly traits also has redeeming ualities Anna s husband despite appearing as a monster to Anna after her passionate affair still is initially willing to give her the reedom of the divorce that she needs Stiva Oblonsky repulsive in his carelessness and cheating wins us over with his gregarious and genuinely riendly 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 Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, forgive him And I love this greyness of each character so lifelike andullAnd of course the politics so easily orgettable by readers of this book that carries the name of the heroine of a passionate orbidden affair The dreaded politics that bored me to tears when I was White Water fifteen And yet these are the politics and the uestions that were so much on the mind of Count Tolstoyamous to his compatriots The Slave Dancer 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 capacityor compassion self reflection and curiosity about Russian love Special Agent for land as well as a striking political apathy is Tolstoy s avatar in trying to make sense of a puzzling Russian peasantry culture whichailed 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 Sleep with the Fishes felt the injustice of his own abundance in comparison with the poverty of the peasants and now he determined that so as toeel uite 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 luxuryI have to say I understood his ideas this time but I could not really The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History feelor the efforts of the devoted and kind landowner striving to understand the soul of Russian peasants Maybe it s because I mentally kept ast orwarding 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 A World on Fire focused on the workers and despised the loved by Count Leo peasants the revolution that despised the loveor owning land and working it that Tolstoy Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life 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 andoresight 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 ualities or ailings distinguishing himself and the people and could not contrast himself with themIt s a 35 star book or 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 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate full to my literature teacher mother admiring them and making me punctuate these never ending sentences correctlyor 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 unt. N suurilla tunteillaan ja kaikenvoittavalla intohimollaan Lukijan silmien eteen avautuu mennyt maailma kaikessa loistossaan 1800 luvun pietari.
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Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece friends of yours then this review will come in handy If they pin you to the board like a bug over some major plot twist that will be because I have not shared any of those If this happens do not despair refer them to my review I ll take the heator you If they don t know who I am then they are The New Job Security frankly not worth knowing Exchange themor other enlightened intellectual The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) friends He soonelt that the The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected Thisulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires Anna Arkadyevna married Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin a man twenty years her senior She dutifully produced a son The Jumbee for him and settled into a life of social events and extravagant clothes and enjoyed areedom To Helvetica and Back frominancial worries Maybe this life would have continued Simple Art of Greatness for her if she had never met Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky but than likely her midlife crisis her awareness of the passage of time would have compelled her to seek something They say he s a religious moral honest intelligent man but they don t see what I ve seen They don t know how he has been stifling my lifeor eight years stifling everything that was alive in me but he never once even thought that I was a living woman who needed love They don t know how he insulted me at every step and remained pleased with himself Didn t I try as hard as I could to Where the Heart Waits find a justificationor my life Didn t I try to love him But the time has come I ve realized that I can no longer deceive myself that I am alive that I am not to blame if God has made me so that I must love and live And what now If he killed me if he killed him I could bear it all I could orgive it all but no he Her husband was enad with her but then so was everyone who met her male or emale Maybe he was too contented with their life together and therefore took their relationship A Burglar's Guide to the City for granted He was two decades older so the passions of romance didn t burn with as hot alame She wanted passion The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth from him even if it was to murder her lover and herself Even if it was something tragic she wanted something to happen something that would make hereel something I couldn t help thinking early on that the problem wasn t with her husband certainly nothing that a new lover could American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago fixor very long The same ace was always going to greet her in the mirror The same thoughts were always going to swim their way back to the surface We can not mask the problems within ourselves by changing lovers The mask will eventually slip and all will be revealed Ugly can be very prettyIs there such a thing as being too beautiful Can being so beautiful make someone cold disdainful and unable to really eel empathy or even connected to those around them Her type of beauty is a shield that insulates her even as her insecurities swing the sword that stabs the hearts of those who despise her and those who love her She was enchanting in her simple black dress enchanting were her Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul full arms with the bracelets on them enchanting herirm neck with its string of pearls enchanting her curly hair in disarray enchanting the graceful light movements of her small Spain in Mind feet and hands enchanting that beautifulace in its animation but there was something terrible and cruel in her enchantment My avorite character in this epic was Konstantin Kostya Dmitrich Levin He was a well meaning wealthy landowner who unusually or the times went out and worked the land himself He got his hands dirty enough that one could actually call him a The Curious World Of Christmas farmer He was led to believe by hisriends and even the Shcherbatsky amily that their youngest daughter Kitty would be an affable match or him Kitty s older sister Dolly was married to Stepan Stiva Arkadyich Oblonsky who was the brother to Anna Karenina Stiva was recently caught and The Best Canadian Animal Stories forgivenor having a dalliance with a household staff but no sooner was he out of that boiling water of that affair before he was having liaisons with a ballerina This did lead me to believe that life would never be satisfying or either Stiva or his sister Anna because there was always going to be pretty butterflies to chase as the attractiveness of the one they had began to ade Before Vronsky became gobsmacked by Anna he was leisurely chasing after Kitty and leading her on just long enough or Kitty to turn Levin s marriage proposal down lat That was like catching a molotok hammer right between the eyes as a serp sickle swept Kostya off his The Commemerative feet Interestingly enough later in the book Levin met Anna Karenina after he has married Kitty you ll have to read the book to discover how this comes about and he was captivated by Anna It was almost enoughor me start chain smoking Turkish cigarettes or biting my nails down to the uick while I waited The Magnesium Factor for the outcome Substitute Annaor Jolene and you ll know what I was humming She had unconsciously done everything she could to arouse a eeling of love or her in Levin and though she knew that she had succeeded in it as The Undrowned Child far as one could with regard to an honest married man in one evening and though she liked him very much as soon as he left the room she stopped thinking about him If she was irritated with Vronsky one day maybe she would just seduce Levinor entertainment because she could I must say that I didn t think much of Vronsky at the beginning of the novel but as the plot progressed I started to sympathize with him Tolstoy was brilliant at rounding out characters so our preconceived notions or the projections of ourselves that we place upon them are The Summer House forced to be modified as we discover about them Levin had his own problems He had been reading the great philosophers lookingor answers He Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir found uestions than answers in religion He abandoned every lifeboat he climbed into and swamor the next one Without knowing what I am and why I m here it is impossible The Yankee Club for me to live And I cannot know that therefore I cannot live The problem that every reasonably intelligent person wrestles with is that no matter how successful we are no matter how wonderful a life we build or how well we take care of ourselves we are going to die It is irrefutable Cemeteries don t lie Well there is a lot of eternal lying down going on but no duplicity None of us are going to escape the reaper No one is ascending on a cloud or going to the crossroads to make a deal with the Devil We all have to comeace to ace with death and we can t take any of our bobbles accolades or power with us So the uestion that Levin ended up asking himself the Biggest uestion even beyond why am I here isWhy do anything Without immortality everything we attempt to do can seem utile Some would make the case that we live on in our kids and grandkids I say bugger to that I want time Well there are ways to be immortal and one of them is to write a masterpiece like Anna Karenina that will live The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day forever By the end I am ready to throttle Anna until her pretty eyes bug out of her head and her cheeks turn a vibrant pink but at the same time she seemed to be sufferingrom a host of mental disorders She was so cut off Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design from everyone and so disdainful of everyone It was impossible not to hate such pathetically ugly people Theriends she had had been ostracized The Magic Cake Shop from her by her own actions I had to believe her loathing of people was a projection of how sheelt about herself She needed some time on Carl Jung s couch but he was a wee tot when this book was published She needed to ind some satisfaction in the ordinary and uit believing that a change in geography or in lovers was ever going to ix what was wrong with herself She had such a destructive personality One man tried to kill himself rom her actions and another contemplated the act She was maliciously vengeful when someone didn t do something she wanted them to do and yet I couldn t uite condemn her completely Her eelings of being stifled were perfectly natural We all Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability feel that way at points in our lives Weeel trapped by the circumstances of our life Her attempt to break The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much free in the 1870s in Russian society was bravefoolish She sacrificed everything to chase a dream The dream ate her This book is a masterpiece not just a Russian masterpiece but a true gift to the world of literature If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at This is a book that I was actually dreading readingor uite 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 American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series 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 didThis is a surprisinglyast moving interesting and easy to read novel The last of which I d of never believed could be true before reading it but you The Mother Zone find yourself instantly engrossed in this kind of Russian soap operailled with weird and intriguing characters The most notable theme is the way society overlooked mens affairs but The Void frowned on womens this immediately created a bond between myself and Anna who is an extremely likeable character I thought it had an amazing balance of important meaning and light heartedness Let s just say it s given me some courage to maybe one day try out the dreaded War And Peace What is the most important thing about Anna Karenina Is it theirst line Happy The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish families are all alike every unhappyamily is unhappy in its own way This sounds so true but it isn t really Is it that Anna experiences much intolerance or her unfaithfulness and leaving her husband than does her brother who screws around like a dog Is it Konstantin Levin s attempts to marry into the aristocracy and his problem with religion Or is the entire st In the beginning reading Anna Karenin can eel a little like visiting Paris The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for theirst time You ve heard a lot about the place before you go Much of what you see Sicilian Lives from the bus you recognizerom 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 Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art feel like you have to like it You worry a little that you won t But after aew days you settle in and you Alice Oliver feel the immensity of the place opening up all around you You keep having this experience of turning a corner andinding something beautiful that you hadn t been told to expect or catching sight of something The Protestant Temperament familiarrom a surprising angle You start to trust the abundance of the place and your anxieties that someone else will have eaten everything up before your arrival relax Maybe that s In lieu of a proper review of my avorite book and in addit. Anna Karenina ja Vronski kuuluvat maailmankirjallisuuden kuolemattomiin rakastavaisiin Leo Tolstoin väkevä suurromaani vetoaa yhä lukijoihi.
Il the reader is ready to cry or some respite This as well as Levin s at times obnoxious preachiness and the author s The Radiant Child freuently very patriarchial views was what made this book substantially less enjoyable than it could have been By the way there is an excellent 1967 Sovietilm based on this book that captures the spirit of the book uite well and if you so like has a handy The Best American Crime Writing function to turn on English subtitlesirst part is here and the second part is here I highly recommend this ilmAnd 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 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 or 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 troubleI grew up believing like most of us that burning books was something Nazis did though of course burning Disco records at Shea stadium was perfectly ine I believed that burning books was only a couple of steps down rom burning people in ovens or that it was at least a step towards holocaustIf I heard the words burning books or book burning I saw Gestapo SS and SA marching around a mountainous bonfire of books in a menacingly lit suare It s a scary image an image of censorship of ear mongering of mind control an image of evil So I never imagined that I would become a book burner That all changed the day Anna Karenina that insufferable whiny pathetic pain in the ass inally jumped off the platform and killed herself That summer I was performing in Shakespeare in the Mountains and I knew I d have plenty of down time so it was a perfect summer to read another 1000 page novel I d read Count of Monte Cristo one summer when I was working day camps Les Miserable one summer when I was working at a residential camp and Shogun in one of my Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, final summers of zero responsibility A summer shifting back andorth between Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Pinch Antonio and the Nun which I played with great gusto impersonating Terry Jones in drag in Comedy of Errors or sitting at a pub in the mountains while I waited or the matinee to give way to the evening show seemed an ideal time to blaze through a big meaty classic I narrowed the ield to two by Tolstoy War and Peace and Anna Karenina I chose the latter and was very uickly sorry I didI have never met such an unlikable bunch of bunsholes in my life m kayI admit itI am applying Mr Mackey s lesson You should see how much money I ve put in the vulgarity jar this past week Seriously I loathed them all and couldn t give a damn about their problems By the end of the Three Times the Love first part I was longingor Anna to kill herself I d known the ending since I was a kid and if you didn t and I spoiled it The Drowning Man for you sorry But how could you not know before now I wanted horrible things to happen to everyone I wanted Vronsky to die when his horse breaks its back I wanted everyone else to die of consumption like Nikolai And then I started thinking of how muchun it would be to rewrite this book with a mad Stalin cleansing the whole bunch of them and sending them to a Gulag in The Bride of Willow Creek fact this book is the ultimate excuseor the October Revolution though I am not comparing Stalinism to Bolshevism If I d lived as a serf amongst this pack of idiots I d have supported the Bolshies without a second thoughtI GREAT INVESTMENT, THE found the book excruciating but I was locked in my life long need toinish ANY book I started It was a compulsion I had never been able to break and I had the time or it that summer I spent three months in the presence of powerful andor un Shakespeare plays and contrasted those with a soul suckingly unenjoyable Tolstoy novel and then I couldn t escape because of my own head I told myself many things to get through it all I am missing the point Something s missing in translation I m in the wrong head space I shouldn t have read it while I was living and breathing Shakespeare It will get better It never did Not The Lively Art of Writing for me I hated every m kaying page Then near the end of the summer while I was sitting in the tent a couple of hoursrom the matinee I remember it was Comedy of Errors because I was there early to set up the puppet theatre I inally had the momentary joy of Anna s suicide Ecstasy She was gone And I was almost ree But then I wasn t ree because I still had the inal part of the novel to read and I needed to get ready The Glass Ocean for the show then after the show I was heading out to claim a campsiteor an overnight before coming back or an evening show of Caesar I was worried I wouldn t have time to inish that day but I read pages whenever I ound a ree moment and it was looking good Come twilight I was through with the shows and back at camp with Erika and my little cousin Shaina The The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness fire was innocently crackling Erika was making hot dogs with Shaina so I retreated to the tent and pushed through the rest of the book When it was over I emergedull of anger and bile and tossed the book onto the picnic table with disgust I sat in The Leadership Gap front of theire eating my hot dogs and drinking beer and that s when the Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) fire stopped being innocent I knew I needed to burn this book I couldn t do it atirst I had to talk myself into it and I don t think I could have done it at all if Erika hadn t supported the decision She d lived through all of my complaining though and knew how much I hated the book and I am pretty sure she hated listening to my complaints almost as much So I looked at the book and the Serenity Role Playing Game fire I ate marshmallows and spewed my disdain I sang Beatles songs then went back to my rage andinally I just stood up and said M kay itI tossed it into the Save the Cupcake! flames and watched that brick of a book slowly twist and char and begin toloat into the night sky The Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, fire around the book blazed highor a good ten minutes the Tressed to Kill first minute of which was colored by the inks of the cover then it tumbled off its prop log and into the heart of the coals disappearingorever I cheered and danced and exorcised that book rom my system I elt better I was cleansed of my communion with those whiny Russians And I vowed in that moment to never again allow myself to get locked into a book I couldn t stand it s still hard but I have put a The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev few asideSince the burning of Anna Karenina there have been aew books that have ollowed it into the lames Some because I loved them and wanted to give them an appropriate pyre some because I loathed them and wanted to condemn them to the ire I don t see Nazis marching around the lames any either I see a clear mountain night I taste bad wine and hot dogs I hear wind orty eet up in the tops of the trees I smell the chemical pong of toxic ink and I The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School feel the relief of never having to see Anna Karenina on my bookshelf again Whew Ieel much better now 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 ollows 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 thoughtsI picked up this book upon the advice of Oprah and her book club and my riend 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 but because of it s content More often than not I The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School found myself suddenly third a way down the page after my mind wandered off to other thoughts but I kept on reading am I the only one with the ability to do that You know totally zoning out but continuing to read The subject I passed over though was so thoroughly boring that I didn t bother going back to re read it and it didn t affect my understanding ofuture events taking place later on in the bookLeo Tolstoy really enjoys tangents Constantly drifting away The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense from the point of the book to go off on three page rants onarming methods political policies and elections or philosophical discussion on God Even the dialogue drifted off in that sort of manner Tolstoy constantly made detail of trifling matters while important subjects that added to what little plot line this story had were just passed over Here is a small passage that is a wonderful example of what constantly takes place throughout the book Kostia look out There s a bee Won t he sting cried Dolly defending herself rom a waspThat s not a bee that s a wasp said LevinCome now Give us your theory demanded Katavasof evidently provoking Levin to a discussion Why shouldn t private persons have that rightNo mention of the wasp is made again Just a small example of how Tolstoy ocuses much on philosophical thought and thought in general than any sort of action that will progress the story urther That s part of the reason the story took so long to get throughThe editing and translation of the version I got also wasn t very good Kit reckons that that s part of the reason I didn t enjoy it as much and I am apt to agree with her If you do decide to read this book your better choice is to go with the Oprah s Book Club edition of Anna KareninaThe characters weren t too great either and I elt only slightly sympathetic or them at certain moments The women most often were whiny and weak while the men seemed cruel and judgemental often than not Even Anna who was supposedly strong willed and intelligent would go off on these irrational rants The women were constantly jealous and the men were always suspiciousThere s not much else to say that I haven t already said There were only certain spots in the book which I enjoyed in the littlest and even then I can t remember them All in all I did not enjoy this book and it earned the names Anna Crapenina and Anna KareniblahBut remember this is just one girl s opinion if it sounded like a book you might enjoy I highly advise going out to read it Just try and get the Oprah edition 840 Anna Karenina Anna Karenin Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy published in serial installments rom 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger A complex novel in eight parts with than a dozen major characters it is spread over than 800 pages depending on the translation and publisher typically contained in two volumes It deals with themes of betrayal aith amily marriage Imperial Russian society desire and rural vs city life The plot centers on an extramarital affair between Anna and dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and The Cake House forces the young lovers tolee to Italy in a search The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality for happiness After they return to Russia their livesurther unravelCharacters Princess Ekaterina Kitty Aleksandrovna Shcherbatskaya Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Count Aleksei Kirillovich Vronsky Konstantin Kostya Dmitrievitch Levin Prince Stepan Stiva Arkadyevitch Oblonsky 1985 1348 346 1378 1024 2 9644481127 1383 496 9649360166 1388 864 9789646552364 02061399. 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Лев Николаевич Толстой; 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 eually 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 reformerHis 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