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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina in The Bloody Paper Cut, or was it the Spineless Book Fights Back or was it the Revenge of the Dog-Eared? Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina in the Dance of Lover's Death. Or was it... Hell, I don't know.
Fog rises up from the ground and remains shin level. Well, shin level for an average genteel lady. A tall elf would be able to see their own ankles all the sam...more
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...more
Anyway, I declare 2012 "Reynje vs Anna Karenina: Ultimate Book Smackdown".
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...more
This was a five star book for me during the first six parts. But the last two parts - especially the last part which was added to the story by Tolstoy after he'd already finished his commitment to his publisher - was full of too much philosophical, religious, and political commentary to keep me entertained.
The Day She Caught the Train
My unforgettable art appreciation professor mentioned Anna Karenina when he was discussing realism. I don’t exactly recall how it came about, but what I remember is that he told us how the novel ends. Nobody was disappointed except for me. I groaned quite audibly and squirmed on my seat, but he went on to tell us that the would-be reader has a lot of reasons to pore through all the novel’s pages despite knowing the fate of the eponymo...more
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...more
ohmygoodness that took forever. that was a commitment. i think that was the longest book i've ever read. whew.
so well obviously it was a lot to ingest so i'm sure my feelings will be developing and changing in the days to come. right now i feel satisfied and content with the book, but not amorous or breathless. i really enjoyed section eight because it gave you a happy ending, but one that felt very rational and possible. i am very much for endings that try their hardest to reflect real...more
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...more
Now to the book. God, where do I start? Let me apologise in advance for the terribly scattered nature and clunky writing of this "review", I have lots of interruptions and am too tired to think clearly.
Anna Karenina en...more
And it is the central interest of this book. When the various relativist critics of Tolstoy’s oeuvre use glib assessments of his personal worldview that they feel are patterned into it, such as misogyn...more
[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...more
Tolstoy seems to have a somewhat threatening reputation in the world of books. "War and Peace" was the book cartoon characters used as shorthand for an impenetrable volume of high brow fiction.
The main reasons for this appears to be a combination of the length of the work, the thoroughness of his exploration of all topics, and the...more
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...more
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