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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Jan 02, 2008

it was ok

I couldn't find a character in this book to be interested in. I thought they were all selfish, fatuous, boring people who were difficult to spend much time around. I wanted to like the book, and I tried very hard to get into it, but it's essentially a group of character studies without any engaging characters. Nobody does anything surprising (but then I already knew the ending when I started reading it; here's a clue for those who don't: it's foreshadowed...), nobody is either likeable or abhorrent enough at any single moment to warrant any great absorption. The story is well written and the environments and social dynamics are painstakingly detailed, but I couldn't get over the feeling that I had all of the characters pegged from the very beginning and that they did exactly as I expected them to.

This is a review of the Maude translation, which is the only one I've read. I'm always willing to admit the possibility that a different translation could have pulled me in a little better.
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