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Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful w
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Kindle Edition, 1235 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Public Domain Books (first published 1873)
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Anuradha Bhattacharyya Levin's method of dealing with serfs and the new technologies he employs in farming are all Tolstoy's way of characterizing him as the ideal.
Vronsky…more
Levin's method of dealing with serfs and the new technologies he employs in farming are all Tolstoy's way of characterizing him as the ideal.
Vronsky dumped Kitty first to go after Anna. That suggests that Anna was more attractive. Similarly, Kitty liked Vronsky more, but had to chose Levin, the next best. This makes Levin only a second fiddle to the gallant Vronsky.
But because of the disaster, Anna's suicide, Levin and Kitty's marriage ends up as an ideal.
In those days divorce was not allowed, so the novel actually shows a social circumstance and it's ill effect. But some people read it as a critique of adultery.(less)
Joanna Lloyd The best rendition I've ever seen is the 2000 series by (I think) channel 4 with Helen McCrory as Anna, Douglas Henshall as Levin and Mark Strong as…moreThe best rendition I've ever seen is the 2000 series by (I think) channel 4 with Helen McCrory as Anna, Douglas Henshall as Levin and Mark Strong as Oblonsky. Really good casting especially McCrory. I first read the book in my mid teens and every 3 or 4 years since and this series respects all the relationships in the book. Not a cheap dvd although every couple of years, Yesterday channel repeats the series. Hope you enjoy it. (less)
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Nataliya
Dec 04, 2012 Nataliya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: The annoying movie ad on Goodreads - the blinking and flashing and seizure-inducing one
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 say.

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My 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
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Brad
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Terry
Jun 20, 2008 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: Rich Moran
In the beginning, reading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time. You’ve heard a lot about the place before you go. Much of what you see from the bus you recognize from 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 feel like you have to like it. You worry a little that you won’t. But after a few days, you settle in, and you fee ...more
Sammy
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 follows 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 thoughts:

I picked up this book upon the advice of Oprah (and her book club) and my friend 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 ne
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Christopher
In lieu of a proper review of my favorite book, and in addition to the remark that it would be more aptly named Konstantin Levin, I present to you the characters of Anna Karenina in a series of portraits painted by dead white men.


Anna Karenina (Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent)



Alexei Karenin (Portrait of Edouard Manet by Henri Fantin-Latour)



Alexei Vronsky (Study of a Young Man by John Singer Sargent)



Konstantin Levin (Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife by John Singer Sargent



Kitty Sch
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Trevor
Not since I read The Brothers Karamazov have I felt as directly involved in characters' worlds and minds. Fascinating.
I was hooked on Anna Karenina from the opening section when I realized that Tolstoy was brilliantly portraying characters' thoughts and motivations in all of their contradictory, complex truth. However, Tolstoy's skill is not just in characterization--though he is the master of that art. His prose invokes such passion. There were parts of the book that took my breath because I re
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Brett
Jul 03, 2008 Brett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Alright, I'm going to do my best not to put any spoilers out here, but it will be kind of tough with this book. I should probably start by saying that this book was possibly the best thing I have ever read.

It was my first Tolstoy to read, and the defining thing that separated what he wrote from anything else that I've read is his characters. His characters are unbelievably complex. The edition of this book that I read was over 900 pages, so he has some time to do it. His characters aren't static
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Steve Sckenda
What is it you want from me? “I want your love."

Leo Tolstoy portrays the search for love and the ways in which love are found and lost. His famous opening sentence—“All happy families are alike but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion” -– predicts the symmetrical structure of his story and the comparison and dissimilarity of multiple couples searching for elusive happiness. Each character must face a desire that liberates or enslaves, enlightens or dims, and which bestows happiness
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 23, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die; Top 10 Books by Living Writers; Newsweek's Metalist 100; Oprah Book of the Month
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Kelly
So, I have this ongoing etiquette problem. Though sometimes I think it is a matter of respect. Or maybe social awkwardness. I’d consult my Emily Post on the issue, but it’s a unique bookworm sort of problem. I don’t think Ms. Post got that deeply into the protocol of neurotic bibliophiles.

Anyway, the question is.. why do I unconsciously call an author by their first name sometimes? In some respects, I’ve had this conversation before in the context of gender. That is, are discussants more likely
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Dia
What turned out to be the most interesting to me as I devoured this lush book was Tolstoy's amazing ability to show how we change our minds, or how our minds just do change -- how enamored we become of a person, a place, a whole population, an idea, an ideal -- and then how that great love, which seemed so utterly meaningful and complete, sours or evaporates just days, hours, or even minutes later -- in short, how truly fickle we are. And at the same time, each of the characters was in some way ...more
Jenn(ifer)
Read the end of Anna Karenina and listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUmdR...

It’ll break your heart.

When I first completed this book, I sat down at my computer and attempted to review it, and all I could come up with was,

“F*ck you, Tolstoy!!”

I know that sounds juvenile, but I still have that feeling. I’m so ANGRY with him for what he did to Anna. I’m so angry that we were barely given a chance to know her. (Yes, I'm aware that she's a fictional character who never actually ex
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Emily May
This is a book that I was actually dreading reading for quite 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 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 did.
This is a surprisingly fast-moving, interesting and easy to read novel. The last of which I'd of never believed could be true before reading it, but you find yourself instantly engrossed in this kind
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helen the bookowl
I read this book for the first time about 5 years ago and I loved it back then. I picked it up again last week and was very curious to see if it would still be amongst my favourite classics. Now that I have finished it, I can say with confidence that it is!
One of the things that appeals to me the most about this amazing - however huge - classic is the fact that it deals with such a large variety of emotions, and as a reader you feel like you are on a rollercoaster. Love, despair, doubt, jealous
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Dolors
Apr 13, 2014 Dolors rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intrepid mind travellers
In front of me a glittering pond of rough oceanic waters protesting in silence in apparent stillness. Only the gentle swaying of casual waves crackling with the briny droplets of condensed breeze preludes the forthcoming storm. For below the surface, swirling undercurrents swell like lungs breathing in air of confusion and exhale the sea-secrets of the human soul.
Things are not what they seem and Anna Karenina is not only the doomed love story of a woman trapped in her own mind whose life is ens
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Tyler
When the Russian elite first read this idyll to their vanity, they must have fallen headlong into the reflecting pool right after Narcissus. For now, you see, not only are they rich and powerful, but according to Tolstoy they’re also supremely virtuous. The theme of this book does the trick.

Say a painter decides to do a Madonna and Child. Looking around, he frowns as he sees that this subject has already been painted thousands of times in every possible way over the ages. To stand out, he decide
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Collin
Sep 08, 2008 Collin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody who didn't already want to read it.
Recommended to Collin by: implied recommendation from my dad.
There are two problems with reading anything by Leo Tolstoy. 1) That guy seriously needed an editor with a forceful personality, as his most famous books are far too long. 2) It's nearly impossible to keep the characters apart, because they all have something like 10 different names depending on the situation and social setting (this is true of much of Russian literature, though for me it's worst by far with Tolstoy).

I don't remember much about this book, to be honest, as I read it in the summer
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Jessica
I was assigned Anna Karenina in a Russian Lit class I took second semester of my senior year of college. I was finishing my senior thesis and didn't make it twenty pages in, and in subsequent years I lugged that Constance Garnett edition around with me from apartment to apartment, never making it past more than those first few chapters before I finally gave up several moves ago and left it in a box on the curb. And when I finally read the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation, at age thirty-six, I ...more
Elena
This is obviously a masterpiece, no point in denying it.

[There may be spoilers ahead]

To me, Anna Karenina felt like the slow destruction of a woman.
Anna is a respectable Saint Petersburg woman.
Married, a son, and unmistakable wealth.
She's strong and decisive--at least at the beginning.
That's all until she meets Alexey Vronsky.
She falls into this spiral of passion; she leaves her husband and her son, to live it at the fullest.
But this only worsen her situation, that becomes more and more unstable
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Jason Koivu
Anna, oh Anna...what have you done?!

In Anna Karenina there are multiple examples in which one love is fostered at the expense of another. On the one hand the reader clearly sees the wrong being done and rails against it, but if a moment of further reflection is indulged, we wonder if we too might not have done the same. Should true love be grasped at any cost? What price is too high?

However, Tolstoy didn't just write a tragic romance, he had social issues he wanted to discuss...and discuss he di
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Shauna
This was an amazing book. Shakespearean in its ability to create living, breathing characters who walk off the page. I never doubted for a moment that Levin, and Anna, and surprisingly, Oblonsky were people that I might bump into on the streets of Moscow back in 1850 or whenever the book was written.
But, really, the reason the characters seem so real is that they are not restricted to their time. Their concerns and feelings represent the human dilemma and it is easy for me to empathize with them
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Jan-Maat
At the end of Gogol's Dead Souls a Troika gallops off leaving the author to ask with a flourish where it is speeding off to. Gogol on his death bed was struck by a severe case of religion and had the rest of the novel put on the fire (a few pages were rescued), but symbolically, as a question about Russia and which direction the country should be travelling towards the image hangs over the literature and politics of nineteenth century Russia, above all perhaps in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.


The Ideo
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Ahmed
ريفيو فى ذكرى تولستوى :

فى ذكرى تولستوي : لابد لى أن اعترف أنى لم أنبهر برائعته (الحرب والسلام ) بقدر انبهاري ب(آنا كارنينا)
ولمن لم يقرأ آنا كارنينا , فله أن يشاهد (نهر الحب) للعظيمة فاتن حمامة , ففى هذه الحاله سيكوّن فكرة سطحية جداً عن الروايه. ورغم عظمة الفيلم (حقيقة) وإبداع الفاتنة فاتن والعملاق : ذكى رستم , إلا أنهم أجرموا بحق الرواية عندما قدموها بشكل سطحى (والذنب الأكبر يقع على عاتق المخرج والسيناريست عز الدين ذو الفقار) . المهم انه رغم عظمة الفيلم فقد ظلم الرواية فما بالك بعظمة الروايه نفس
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Sean
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” One of the most famous lines in the history of literature. A phrase that sets the tone for the events that unfolds in this massive tome from one of Russian’s most famous novelist, Leo Tolstoy. This author is mostly famous for his double fisted pair of epics which feature a panoramic view of 19th century Russian society. This book, Anna Karenina rests in one hand as a tragic love story whereas the other complex war ep ...more
Carmen
Jul 13, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Amazing book. I expected something very difficult, that I would have to slog through. Was I ever surprised! This book blew me out of the water!

P.S. I have been thinking about this a lot. I read this book and loved it. But was I missing something because I didn't read it in Russian? Or, the better question is, how MUCH of it's awesomeness am I missing because I'm reading it in English?

I'm actually very sad now that I can't (currently) read Russian.
Madeline
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Afshar
کتابی با این وسعت افکار گوناگون،نمیدونم به کدوم موضوع بپردازم
به شک و اعتقاد لوین به خدا و پیدا کردن دلیلی برای زندگی
یا به خیانت استیوا به همسرش
و افکار دالی درمورد این خیانت و بچه هایی که دارد و مقایسه خودش با آناکارنینا
یا در مورد آدمهای مثه الکسی همسر آنا که در قلبشان جایی برای عشق نیست و فقط به فکر پیشرفت اند
یا به اسم روی جلد کتاب و داستان عشقش
قبل از هرچیز باید از قلم تولستوی بگویم
که لایه های تصمیم های انسانی را کنار میزند و شک ها و عقده ها و علل و هرچیزی که در تصمیم گیری یک شخص موثر است را نشا
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Mark
Levin, Levin, Levin, you are a conceited monkey. Why you worry so much?? Is it because you think your problems are bigger than everyone else's? Is it because you don't have enough to fill your days? I would think planting and harvesting would be enough to make a guy dog-tired at night. Dog-tired enough that his infernal mind would shutty uppy for even half a page. Or is it because you think your problems are greater than others'? That you as landowner are the sole decider of everyone else's fate ...more
[P]
It must be great being a genius. You can do things like try and write a moralistic novel about adultery and the evils of high society and end up with a humane masterpiece on your hands. I’m pretty sure if Tolstoy had attempted to make a nuclear bomb he would have inadvertently cured cancer; he was just that kind of guy. It may be apocryphal but I have read numerous times that with this book the author’s intention was to condemn Anna and her set. Yet, if that is the case, why does Anna Karenina n ...more
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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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