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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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Published July 1st 1998 by Public Domain Books (first published 1873)
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Harris Pike Yes. It felt like Anna was a foil for Levin and that the culmination of the book was his acceptance of faith and personal absolution.
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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Dec 04, 2012 Nataliya rated it liked it  ·  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.


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
Jun 20, 2008 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 23, 2014 Navessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poop
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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
Jun 12, 2007 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-the-bad
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
Nov 29, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2008 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 23, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  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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May 03, 2008 Dia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Read the end of Anna Karenina and listen to this song:

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
[Turn the volume up;
open me in new tab]


There is a well-known belief that, brimming with the romanticism of bygone days to which reason acquiesces in silence, attempts to explain the elusive nature of human relations. According to this myth, the gods get involved in our existence by using a red cord. In Japanese culture, such cord is tied around the little finger; in China, around the ankle. Be it as it may, that string binds one person to the other; people who were always destined to meet, regar
Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
May 03, 2016 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.

At long last I can put another notch in my literary belt. It has been a long time coming. For whatever reason the thought of reading Tolstoy has always intimidated me. Perhaps I was worried that I would not, well in truth, not so much like it really as understand it. Phftttt that was never really an issue and surprise, surprise I enjoyed this story even if I did find parts of it excruciatingly tedious.

At its core Anna Karenina is a love story
Anna Karenina,” my friend told me, “is one of the few books that have influenced how I live my life from day to day.”

This statement touches on a question I often wonder about: Can reading great fiction make you a better person? I don’t mean to ask whether it can improve your mental agility or your knowledge of the world, for it undoubtedly does. But can these books make you kinder, wiser, more moral, more content? The answer to this question is far from self-evident. And maybe we should be doub
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
Apr 13, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Heba Nouraldeen
في اللحظة التي تلاقت فيها " آنا" و" فرونسكي"...خالج قلبها شعوراً من السرور مُمتزجاً بالخوف..
ولم تكن تعلم ما الذي تخافه وما الذي تبغيه ..ولو أن زوجها كان يحبها حقاً بقلبه وليس فحسب بعقله ... لتمكن من قراءة روحها
وما كانت تلك المأساة لتنتظرهم جميعاً..
هذا ليس مُبرراً لما اقترفته " آنا" من خطيئة لا تُغتفر ...
و لكن استوقفني موقف زوجها العجيب بصراحة... فلقد كان عليه أن يكون حاسماً منذ البداية قبل أن يشتعل الفتيل ..إما بالطلاق أو التصرف بحزم ولكنه كان من الضعف والجُبن الذي لا يمكن تقبلّه او تحملّه ..
Aug 30, 2008 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
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
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
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
Muhammad Galal
الجحيم خُلقَ لأمثالك يا "أنّا"!

-- بداية قراءاتي في الأدب الروسيّ بشكل عام ، ول"تولستوي " بشكل خاص .
-- رواية خلّدت تولستوي اجتماعيًا وإنسانيًا ، وتخطّت شهرته بها حدود روسيا الشاسعة إلى أطراف العالم كلّه .
-- حزنت على التعليم المصري أنّ رواية مثل هذه تدرّس للصف الأوّل الثانوي في لبنان منذ عام 1998 ، لماذا لا نُعامل بالمثل ؟!
-- بداية أنصح كل من لم يقرأها أن يبتعد تمامًا عن نسخة " مكتبة الأسرة " ، مختصرة جدًا ، والترجمة سيّئة ، لاحظت أنّ أغلب الروايات الأجنبيّة المترجمة من قبل نفس الهيئة ترجمتها لي
Sep 08, 2008 Collin rated it did not like it  ·  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
Bright was the morn when I finished reading this book, its wintry chill lending a freshness to the air and everything around me. Heavy was my heart when I completed the book, not merely because of the contents that I had read as I finished but more because it felt like a dear friend, a rare and treasured jewel, had parted ways from me. Not the book per se, as a book can be read again and again, but the first experience of this book, which one can never feel again, although with a book like this, ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 18, 2012 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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.
Jason Koivu
Nov 24, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 02, 2008 Shauna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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