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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Jun 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: classics
Read from April 01 to June 08, 2012

This book was my Everest! It took me nearly 2 months to finish, but it was worth it.

I enjoyed Anna's story far more than Levin's, especially Anna's eventual degradation. I was often bored with Levin's story and how it served as mouthpiece for Tolstoy's own religious and political views.

Nonetheless I really liked the book and Tolstoy is quite an adept writer in that he's able to subtly change the prose depending on the character that he is talking about. Each character's voice was different: Anna's became more frantic and frazzled; Levin's was sophisticated and troubled; Oblonsky's was far lighter; Kitty's was very sweet and simple.

Plus, this translation is perhaps one of the best I have ever seen. You don't know how many times I've stopped and started this book in other editions, this translation is the only in which I think it accurately captured Tolstoy's masterful prose and imagery.

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04/01/2012 page 100
11.0% "This might take me awhile! But it's beautiful and profound."
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Bells Just got this from the library. Cannot wait to read it!

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