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Anna Karenina
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April 1, 2012
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April 30, 2012
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All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Thus begins Tolstoy’s great novel of one particularly unhappy family: Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin, his wife Anna, and her lover Count Alexei Vronsky. Most modern readers have seen one or more movie versions of this story, but the novel includes much more than the movies I’ve seen. Several other couples’ lives are explored: Prince Stepan Oblonsky (Anna’s brother) and his wife Princess Da
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Tina
Feb 15, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics, 2015
There are sooooo many pages dedicated to farming/politics/education/whatever that have absolutely nothing to do with anything else thats happening. That is literally a full quarter of the book at LEAST.

I would have put it down but the characters are so great. They're not easily likable. They do stupid things and hurt one another. They're not as honest as they should be. They're very human and their relationships are flawed too. Tolstoy doesn't paint an image of a time period as much as put you d
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Rose
Apr 02, 2013 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Barnes & Noble "abridged edition". Judge me if you will, but,this is one of those books that it's impossible to evaluate on its own terms. I think I liked it, but a voice nags at me: would any of that positivity remain if it had been unceremoniously plopped onto my desk with no context, without endorsements of it’s Greatest of Great Novels, and it's Greatest of Great Authors?

Jenna
Jan 14, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I did it. I finally read my first Russian novel. It was the longest "classic" I've ever read. Overall... well, it is hard to say something about the book as a whole. Parts of it just felt so disjointed and tangential. There were parts that were painfully boring and parts that were incredibly gripping.

I found this book really hard to get in to until about part 4. Even after that, there were extremely slow, boring, and seemingly unnecessary sections. But, the parts that were good, were great. I co
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