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Dinner With Anna Karenina

2.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  386 Ratings  ·  65 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 September 23rd 2008 by Mira (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tania
Nov 13, 2009 Tania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2009 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elib-reads
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
Aug 20, 2012 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Cornelia
Jan 09, 2016 Cornelia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Citisem o carte cu subiect similar: Citind Lolita în Teheran de Azar Nafisi care mi s-a părut genială. Și poate că mă așteptam ca această carte să fie măcar o umbră palidă a celeilalte.

Dar nu mi-a plăcut aproape deloc. Am terminat-o din inerție-pentru că era ușor de citit nu datorită dificultății și pentru că speram ca măcar ultimele pagini să fie altfel. Pe scurt, 6 femei diferite-cariere și caractere diferite- fac parte dintr-un club de lectură. Focusul e totuși mai mult pe vieților lor decât
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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
Jan 27, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2009 Salvatrice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mary
Jul 13, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting premise. Detours over duplicative territory; this really needed a good editor.
Melissa
Jul 26, 2008 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-words
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
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, bookish
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
Jun 27, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Christa Sigman
I was a little nervous about reading this book after I saw the diversity of stars and comments. I neither loved, nor hated this book. I was very interested in it and have added some of the classics these ladies read to my own reading list in order to better know the discussions at hand. I love to read about people who read and have read other book club stories. This one was pretty middle of the road for me. It was a good commute read and kept me interested but I doubt I would highly recommend it ...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
Nov 22, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
Dec 17, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was not fond of this book about six New York women who participate in a bookclub. The idea for the story line was interesting, but I longed for the end. I was reading to get the answer to the question presented in the first chapter and the answer did not come to the final chapter.
Theadra
Apr 22, 2015 Theadra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not a great book. Not a horrible book. But not a great book. I think it wanted to be a smart literary book with the heart of the Sex and the City friendships. It wasn't. Maybe if I was more familiar with the books they'd read. However, it did make me want to join a book club.
Michelle
Mar 31, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Janet
Jun 30, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Story about a group of women in NYC who meet to discuss books and life.
Joann Im
A little too cliché but should have expected it.
Betsy
Jul 13, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Liz
May 03, 2011 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2013 Glenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Gloria Goldreich graduated from Brandeis University and did graduate work in Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was a coordinator in the Department of Jewish Education at National Hadassah and served as Public Relations Director of the Baruch College of the City University of New York.

While still an undergraduate at Brandeis, she was a winner of the Seventeen magazine short
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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
“They were readers for whom literature was a drug, each complex plot line delivering a new high, suspending them above reality, allowing them a magical crossover...They had spoken often, with rueful honesty, of how the books they read represented escape, offered pathways to literary landscapes that intrigued and engrossed...From childhood on, books had been the hot air balloons that carried them above the angry mutterings of quarreling parents, schoolyard rejections, academic boredom...They were of a kind, readers from birth.” 1 likes
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