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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Aug 24, 13

Read in October, 2012

So I'm not going to lie, finishing this required a LOT of skimming, and really focusing solely on Anna/Vronsky's story after about page, oh, I don't know, 500. But holy eff, it was still a haul. I still think I need to contextualize this story a bit. Because, to me, while I felt Anna was extremely brave for daring to leave her husband at such a time in history, her ultimate demise seemed to be caused by petty jealousness, by jealous delusions, even. The story didn't really make much of a case for her, and I often felt like she was broadly drawn as a hysterical-woman type. And that Vronsky was just putting up with her, and had nothing to do with her demise. That her demise was all in her head. Again, I'll have to do some research to find out why she's such a revered character in literary history. Because there has to be something I'm missing, right?

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Leo Tolstoy
“Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Reading Progress

04/05/2011 page 71
8.0% "Someone please tell me this thing picks up the pace. It's good, but S-L-O-W!"
04/05/2012 page 535
65.0% "Guys I haven't given up!!!"
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Tanya I'm SO impressed that you finished! I couldn't do it.

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