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Anna Karenina is the wife of a prominant Russian government official. She leads a correct but confining upper-middle-class existence. She seems content with her life as a proper companion to her dignified, unaffectionate husband and an adoring mother to her young son, until she meets Count Vronsky, a young officer of the guards. He pursues her and she falls madly in love w ...more
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Keith Michael
the characters in Anna Karenina are always trying to reconcile the three different modes of human experience: the ideal, the real and the societal. anna's love for vronsky moves between the ideal and the real: "she was making the picture of him in her imagination (incomparably superior, impossible in reality) fit with him as he really was." whereas alexey's consideration of his marriage to anna moves between the real and the societal: "he had translated the matter from the world of real life to ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain


" Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

So profound isn't it

End of part one
34 chapter and the point of the plot doesn't show clearly yet , Anna karenina herself doesn't show up until chapter 18 , Tolstoy picked up
An aristocratic class families of Russian society talking about its complicated relationships starting with the shaken marriage of the Oblonsky's Stepan and Dolly, Levin's one-sided love to kitty, and her unrequited love for Vronsky which leads
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Aimeanna
When Doug Bonzo plopped this book down on my desk in AP English in High School, I hadn't the slightest idea why.

Now, over 10 years later, I finally read it, and I am enamoured. I adore all the characters, and look forward to more Russian Literature.
Allie
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Lauren
Try to read this. Really try. It is a great book with good storylines, but numbering over 900 pages it is like being in a committed relationship. The four main characters have interesting storylines to follow, but verbious nature of Tolstoy makes the reader want to skim over pages and pages of text and 'thoughts' and skip ahead to dialoge or more dramatic portions of the book. I started reading this while I was commuting on the bus/train, and the being forced to sit and read the book once or twi ...more
Lauren
Vronski and Anna are one of the most tragic couples I've read about in a while, and for that reason I kept coming back until I finished the MASSIVE TOME that it is. The plot itself is so varied and diverse at times it's hard to remember who is who and what just happened but as I'm learning with the 2nd volume it all comes together for the story's greater good. With any good classic (I find) there are parts that are kind of a chore to read but that could also be because I had the misfortune of re ...more
Monica
Okay, so I know this is a classic and that means I am supposed to like it, but this was way too long and detailed. I think it could have been condensed in half, easily. This was the reading equivalent of doing an ironman for me and I have never wanted to do that.
Wendy
A classic, for a reason. A lot of narration and introspection, which makes it philosophical as well as an incredible tale. Every woman can relate, I think, to Anna Karenina, but there were times when I felt very much like Levin.
Kimberly
This beautifully written book pulls the reader into the realities of mental, emotional and moral conflict.
Crys
May 24, 2012 Crys rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: love
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Sli
Pre,predugačko. Po mom mišljenju veoma razvodnjeno. To je i razlog što sam ostao na prvom svesku. Drugi pročitah iz sažetka na wikipediji. Nemojte me krivo shvatiti - dijelovi koji se odnose na srž priče su odlični, ali se u drugima autor (ili ja kao čitatelj?) malo pogubio. Čitajući ovu knjigu, imao sam konstantan osjećaj da ju je vrijeme pregazilo. To je prvi put da sam osjetio takvo što čitajući ruskog pisca!
Tema je odlična, ali se to moglo puno jezgrovitije i sadržajnije izvesti. Larpurlarti
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Fareeha
Well. It is said to be one of the most popular books of all time. Its own description says its one of the most enchanting of love stories ever written. As a love story, it is quite a flop. The 'encounters' (or pages involving the romantic couple) are so few and far between that its highly remiss of people to call it a love story let alone a good one ! It should be more aptly described as 'Levin and his peasant theories' ! I disliked this Levin chap from the moment he entered the book and then he ...more
Karin
Loved, loved, loved this book. It took me ages to get through and I read it virtually at speaking pace because I loved the prose so much, I wanted to experience it all, not miss a thing. Writing this good (I did read a particularly amazing translation) is rare. Now that the film is out I will see it but I am sure to be disappointed with what can never be put on the screen. The long passages in the book that were spent with the characters' thoughts, and so much of the book is inside their heads, ...more
Lori March
A tedious read. Had some difficulty with the names not only because they were Russian, that I was not familiar with, but also because the author gave each person about three different names and seemed to randomly use them throughout the book. Several different story lines were going on in the book and at points it felt more like reading people's day to day diary entries. All the miscellaneous details drew attention away from the actual plot. The ending felt anti-climactic to me. Leo Tolstoy coul ...more
Leah
...aaaand, four months later, I can cross this classic off my list. Tolstoy can certainly pump out a gush of verbosity! I mined some wonderful gems from his writing, but unfortunately they were pulled from a poorly-formatted, free electronic version of the book. It was the first text that I read on my Christmas-gifted Nook, but I was so disappointed and distracted by the awkward formatting that the story lost some of its magic. And yet..I was too cheap to splurge for the $2.99 version of the boo ...more
Alyson
I want to go on record as LOVING this book before the movie comes out. My husband and I talked about it on our first date together. We both agreed that the more compelling and satisfying story is the parallel story of Levin, whose life opens up while Anna's closes in. The book is insightful about human nature, relationships and morality. I have high hopes for the new movie, both for its innovative setting and for the promise that it promises Levin as its center influence.
(Woops! I loved the whol
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Audra
I can see why this was such a controversial book in its day; it was much like an informal treatise on Russian government and politics.
Although the characters are well formed, I found myself getting very annoyed with Anna and Levin. Both have a propensity toward abnegation of happiness which is utterly frustrating. I threw my hands in the air when Anna made her final mortal decision, until I realized that her abuse of Opium greatly affected her perception of reality (I was curious if addiction w
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Julie Murray


Anna Karenina overwhelmed me. It gave me a great view of life in Russia; how the privileged lived; the way servants and peasants were treated; even a slight glimpse of how finances were handled when Vronsky sorted his bills, deciding what must be paid first; how Oblonsky spent money with no thought of how his wife would maintain their home without money. I'm curious to know why the book title was Anna Karenina instead of Kitty and Costia. I'm glad I read this book and I have to give it 5 stars,
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Michael
You either love this style or it drives you crazy. For a book entitled Anna Karenina; it's amazing that it takes Tolstoy over 10 chapters before you even meet Anna! All I can say is that Tolstoy is incredibly detailed in his descriptions. I've heard that his aim was to create a fully believable, full-bodied world. He succeeds and takes the reader into the tragic, spiraling downward life of Anna Karenina.
Jessica
My all-time favorite book. As with all Russian novels (or so it seems), the plot can get tedious and Tolstoy is prone to long philosophical rants. However, his characters are so real that they could be your neighbors, even now. You must read this book. Yes, it will take you a long time. Yes, it's complete with difficult Russian name translations. And yes, it will change your life and how you view it.
Mary Charest
May 24, 2012 Mary Charest rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is into the classics.
Recommended to Mary by: I found it on an internet search.
I appreciated the brilliant mind of Leo Tolstoy and his ability to give so much detail. I did, however, get a little weary when he dwelled on too many details of farming. It was interesting,but at times I wished he would move on.

I would definitely read it again, though, if time permitted. I have "War And Peace" ready to read in the near future, although I will read other books in between.
Amy
May 24, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: Vasiliki Oldziey
Tolstoy based these characters on himself, his wife and their acquaintances.
One of the things I enjoy about Russian literature is the link they share to Eastern Orthodoxy. EO is such a commonplace way of life among classical Russian authors that it permeates throughout the stories -from the settings to the characters themselves.
At all times- I have a bookmark between the pages of this story.
J.R. Beretta
This is what I wrote in Bits Bite: The Accidental Hacker. It is a note written from Lucy's mother about the book: "This book happens to be the greatest love story ever told, and is full of emotion—jealousy, obsessiveness, pity, ambition, success, dominance, passion, and loyalty—but most of all it’s about how we all strive for meaning and how we often use blinders to hide from the truth."
Amanda Maciel
May 24, 2012 Amanda Maciel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Amanda Maciel by: Katie Chatain
Tolstoy's boundaries between light and darkness, shows an almost obsessive preoccupation with the themes of human suffering and love. Anna at first made me feel tender and adorable towards her..later on..as I read the last few chapters I fell in love with Kitty and struggled to like Anna's character. But it's one of my top 10 favorites.
Alok Vardya
I would give this book 3.5 stars. Although a lengthy classic novel, the book reads fairly well. We learn of life in 1800's Russia through the intricacies of 3 different yet related relationships. I enjoyed the human nature aspect of this novel but thought it went too deep in some technical aspects, e.g. farming methods.
Lindi
One of my most appreciated types of book: by an author that fully understands setting & character development. This book transports you to another time, even though the story could be one that happens in our own space/time continuum. A classic story of love and loss, by an amazing author of his, or any time.
Stephanie Sonntag
Tough subject. Tragic death. I missed some of the deep insight at the end that my mom understood once I talked to her about the book. I loved the beginning of the book, it took off quickly and then got a little distracted by all the talk of Russian politics but overall a good read. Definitely a classic.
Kier O'Neil
This is the Dances with Wolves of literature and I do not say that in a good way.

This book literally could have ended at almost any point along the way but just didn't.

I sorely wished for Vronsky to just kill her to put me out of my misery with reading this book.

Classic? I think not.
Deanna
I really didn't realize when I put this on my list of classics to read this summer that it was soooo long. I'm glad I read it, but its not one that I will feel compelled to read again. I saw a movie is coming out this winter though with Kiera Knightly--it looks like it will be visually stunning.
Ann
Perhaps I had too high expectations for this book--but it certainly didn't move me. Tolstoy creates great characters and explores their inner world in detail, but the plot line is predictable if not jaded. There are no surprises and few, if any, examples of breathtaking writing.
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: 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 To ...more
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