Dinner With Anna Karenina
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Dinner With Anna Karenina

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  337 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Every month they gather over good food and wine to discuss their favorite books: six very different women—not quite friends, not quite strangers. Enid is a successful psychiatrist, brilliant yet inexplicably dissatisfied; Donna, torn between two lovers, dreams of family but fears commitment; Rina's destructive fantasies may be her downfall; Pat and Hedy are sisters as diss...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Mira (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tania
I didn’t read Jane Austen’s Book Club, I only watched the movie. Perhaps I wouldn’t have liked that book either, but that movie inspired me to read this book, which I definitely didn’t like. I found it pretentious and self-serving that the characters were constantly guilt-ridden about their curiosity of their friends’ marriage, became more important that the stories of their lives, that they had to state over and over again how much they loved literature and how because they wanted to discuss it...more
Sue
I love reading books about books and this one was quite good. Six friends get together for regular book club meetings and throughout the year make changes to their own lives based on their reactions to the books they've read and their reactions to what's going on in each other's lives. I thought the author did a really good job creating the book discussions. The book club had read the biographies of the authors as well as their major literary works and each character had a fresh and unique persp...more
Kathryn
Can I give it nothing? It was so horrible, I did something that I loathe. I skipped/skimmed pages to the end to see if the question they are asking through out the entire book is ever answered. It's my book pet peeve, where they constantly ask the same question and never answer it in a book, and never just come out and ask the person what they are thinking. Sorry, what a waste of time.
Stephanie
A novel featuring books and book clubs, Dinner with Anna Karenina follows the lives of six women throughout the course of a year as they work their way through literary classics as well as a host of personal problems. Rather than focus on a central character or couple, the novel encompasses the professional and personal lives of each of the six ladies—Trish, Donna, Rita, Cynthia, Jen, and Elizabeth—while chronicling their bimonthly book club dinners and progressively deepening friendships. It is...more
Liz
I was warned that this wasn't the best book in the world and that was an understatement. This is the WORST book I read in 2009. It was so repetitive, a boring plot, 2D characters, etc. etc. etc. Wow – it was bad. It was so bad that I had to read it completely to fully appreciate it's true crapiness. I try to avoid reading reviews and even the back covers of books, but this book was so unbelievably terrible that about halfway through, I took a good look at the cover in case I was missing somethin...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I should have known better than to pick this one up, but at least now I can warn the rest of you. This book barely has a plot, the characters are flat and two-dimensional, and their secrets, when revealed, turn out to be not all that interesting after all. Even if reading a book about women using a book club as an excuse to talk about their troubles with relationships, children, etc., is your cup of tea, you can do better. If it's not, Dinner with Anna Karenina won't win you over. Stay away.
Elizabeth
I enjoyed this book. Some reviewed it as slow and wordy. It was pretty predictable, but I was interested in the characters, and I don't mind slower stories, so I liked it. I also have read The Jane Austen Book Club and The Friday Night Knitting Club, which are slightly similar to this book. I found that toward the end of this book there is meaning, and it contains some honest/frank examples of friendships between women.
Salvatrice
a literary groundhog day...what might have been a good story at 100 pages was brutally dragged into 360. for all the talk of insightful literary critique, the author gives her own readers no credit to pick up on even the most blatent concepts.
Melissa
Expected something more literary. This was really just chick lit that mentioned literary fiction.
Jan Prucnal
The title intrigued me right away; I loved Anna Karenina! There was good character development in the first part of the book....and each woman added to the book discussions in a manner indicative of her personality and her insights into each author. The story began to disseminate at about the halfway point and the characters became quite predictable. The author could have been more in-depth in continuing each woman's story and could have added some unexpected twists ( note there was one exceptio...more
Roberta
Un libro sui libri, di quelli che piacciono a noi lettrici patologiche. Un gruppo di donne a Manhattan che si riunisce periodicamente a casa di una di loro per una cena seguita dall’analisi di un libro. Si passa dall’Anna Karenina di Tolstoj a Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott a Sylvia Plath e ad altri ancora. La preponderanza delle scrittrici donne e delle protagoniste femminili è influenzata dall’abitudine di queste donne di considerare i libri come uno strumento per interpretare le loro realtà...more
Gina
I loved it. I really enjoyed this oneabout six women who are friends bonded together with their love of books and formed a book club.

I found myself absorbed in every chapter, and each book discussion, as if I was right there with them. I loved how they discussed their books and I couldn't get through each chapter fast enough to learn what the next book was going to be read and discussed. Fortunately for me, each book selected was one that I had already read and it was so interesting to me to hea...more
Daniela Mastropasqua
L'unica cosa che non mi piace di questo libro è il titolo.
In effetti quando l'ho comprato, quest'estate da una bancarella estiva, ho davvero creduto che leggendolo mi sarei trovata, non so come, seduta al tavolo per una piacevole cena e un'ancora più piacevole chiacchierata con Anna Karenina. Ma questo è molto lontano dalla realtà. Anzi, il problema è che di Anna Karenina se ne parla poco e niente, solo qualche piccolo riferimento qui lì. E questa volta non si tratta di una brutta traduzione co...more
Bookaholic
Dacă e ceva mai rău ca o carte proastă, e o carte proastă care promite, exact cînd eşti gata s-o laşi din mînă, că ar putea fi altceva decît pare. Nu m-am chinuit cu prea multe, dar m-a ros curiozitatea să văd ce-i cu Cină cu Anna Karenina, şi ca să fiu în stare să vă povestesc despre riscurile de a investi în aşa ceva, a trebuit să merg pînă la capăt. De ce m-am apucat s-o citesc, cînd am cît de cît un fler care funcţionează? Păi pentru că am vrut să văd ce face o new-yorkeză dintr-un subiect d...more
Linda
Six very different women in New York City, all lovers of literature, have formed a monthly book club that has been meeting for several years. At a September meeting after a summer break, Cynthia announces that she is divorcing her husband – that she put him out of the house the night before because she had found out something about him – but she won’t define the problem. As they go through their year of meetings, each woman confronts her own shortcomings and the group learns not only from the bo...more
Ami
I like books about women. I like books about books. So it would stand to reason that I liked this novel about a group of fictious women and the books they discussed. And I did...mostly.

I liked the wide diversity within the book club. I liked that books were the thread binding these women together as friends. I liked the author's description of the women's good attributes mingled among their many faults. It made the characters real. Finally, I liked Gloria Goldreich's simple prose. It made immers...more
Michelle
Dinner with Anna Karenina was shelved with other "staff picks" at my public library. So, I decided to let someone else pick my next book and I was not disappointed. I struggled in the beginning to "enjoy" this seemingly mundane literary critique masquerading as a novel. Then I became worried I had stumbled on another book about women, food, horrible husbands, and their books. However, while Dinner with Anna Karenina was all those things, I was draw into the lives of these women. And for me, that...more
Amanda
Overall, I actually enjoyed this book. I love reading books about books, so I found that aspect of the novel pleasing. I will admit however, that due to the dull/long-winded/sections where nothing happened, I took much longer to read this book than my usual novel. I rated this so highly because I feel that the author writes very well. I loved the descriptions and just felt myself drawn in. On a side note, I find it odd that the description provided for this book gives the wrong character names.....more
Mary
An interesting premise. Detours over duplicative territory; this really needed a good editor.
Janet
Story about a group of women in NYC who meet to discuss books and life.
Betsy
Jul 13, 2009 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betsy by: found it at the libary
These girls kept their friendships and lives going over classic novels.

to see friends pushed away, kept in the dark, share food, keep secrets, and love one another for who they authentically are. I'd say this is what keeps great friendships alive. The author shows each of us not to be lead down the grass is greener road, take the journey, you are not alone. Surprise yourself by making your choices pan out. If you did not care for the actual book Anna Karenina I am not sure you will enjoy this bo...more
Liz
This was among a number of "book club" novels I set out to read at one point and I thought it was one of the more well done. (Disclaimer: Anna Karenina is one of my favorite novels, so perhaps I was sympathetically predisposed to this book). Anyway, I thought it was an interesting take on the transformative effect of books, showing how individual club members really re-examined their lives and priorities as a result of experiencing an Anna Karenina like moment.
Melissa
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This is the second book that I read by this author, and I found it to be very enjoyable.

The characters in this book have depth and I was able to relate to them easily. The only one thing I would have changed was the amount of time spent gossiping about one of the characters' marriage problems. I would have liked to get more story instead. But other than that, it was enjoyable.

Glenna
This was a good book about a woman's book club. You get to know each of the characters back story separate from their book club meetings which is nice. Mostly it is about the meetings, the books they choose and how they are intertwined together. The one strange thing is my copy gave a back description with different names of the women that are actually used in the story???? Overall it was a good, light read.
Christine Powers
I really enjoyed this book and so I give it four stars for being very compelling story about something I can really relate to. Sometimes I thought it dragged and the author was a little flowery, but not often and for the most part i really enjoyed the bool. It was a very good story about how friendships and books both enhance who we are and help us grow and change. A nice book and a quick enjoyable read.
Marcia
This was a nice take on the group-of-friends-in-reading-group plot line. There was a very nice synthesis of the women’s lives and their reading experiences. They chose their books carefully and thoughtfully—they saw themselves in the characters and they learned and grew thanks to their reading. Choices and changes were themes in all of their reading and, ultimately, in their lives as well.
Barb
this book was okay...i loved the fact that they had a book club and they were so excited to read whatever was put on their plate. The way that they read in their youth reminded me of how I used to read...light from the hallway...flashlight...i thought that their could have been more character development, with some of them...
Jeannette
My favorite aspect of this book was the book club meetings where 6 women from different backgrounds/perspectives discussed some great literature and a bit about the lives behind the authors: Anna Karenina, The Lottery, Bell Jar, etc. The 6 characters and the dynamic between the women was okay but a bit flat and predictable.
Mary
This book was barely "OK" and very in satisfying. I picked it up impulsively from the "recommended" shelf at my local library and I was intrigued by the title due to its reference to Anna K. To me the book seemed pretentious, self-conscious, almost trivial and incredibly predictable. But.....I did finish it.
Amanda
It was ok.
I felt like there were too many characters to really delve too deep. The editor should really take another read through as the character names on the cover do not match the actual character's names AND there were a few incorrect references to well known people.
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“They were...no ordinary group, gathering together to kill an evening, to seek refuge from critical husbands and demanding children while idly discussing their new best-seller. They met because literature was their shared passion. Books were as important to them as breath itself. They shared the ability to immerse themselves in the lives of fictional characters, to argue passionately about the development of plots, about decisions taken, dilemmas resolved.” 1 likes
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