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message 1: by Jewel (new)

Jewel I started reading this almost a year ago. Several other books later, I'm still not done. Honestly, I think Tolstoy could've done better with an editor. He wrote too much! I still plan to finish it sometime this year though. :-)

message 2: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I am enjoying it. Oblongsky, Levin, Anna, Kitty are now the characters who are in my mind before and after sleeping at night.

You should read this with a buddy so you will have the motivation to understand everything and try to keep pace with the agreed speed/day.

message 3: by Jewel (new)

Jewel I actually started reading this with a group of officemates and we agreed committing at least 30 pages per day. I think they all pretty much dropped it.

message 4: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I am now on page 108 after 2 nights of reading. Our agreement is to read one part/day but it seems not possible. But I will catch up this weekend. So, my target is still to finish everything by the 8th day. I think this is possible.

You can join us. There is a thread for this in Filipinos group here in GR.

Today is our 3rd.

message 5: by Jewel (new)

Jewel Really? I'm at 67% of the book (reading a digital version), but at your pace you can easily catch up with me. So I'll also try my best not to get left behind. Haha, na-challenge. Thanks.

message 6: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I am now on page 145. Part II. Oh, I am still slow. I book hunted last night in Cubao but I almost went home empty-handed except for 3 Tagalog novels. Then early in the morning, I only had 30 mins of reading time. I overslept from fatigue (work and book hunting).

message 7: by Angus (new)

Angus Tapos na? Super bilis!

Kwesi 章英狮 Wow ha, 5 stars for a thick book. I can't wait to read this one. Hehe.

message 9: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Angus: 6 full days drop down all currently reading. 3 of those days were non-working. I spent that whole long weekend reading and reading. It was worth it.

message 10: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Kwesi: I don't suggest that you read this now. You are too young for an adultery book. You won't be able to relate to any of the characters. There's not even a teenage boy here.

message 11: by Angus (new)

Angus Is it better than War and Peace?

message 12: by Sue (new)

Sue K.D. maybe it's good you waited all these years. You got to read the P & V translation. It is a wonderful book. I can't belief how quickly you read it!

message 13: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I think you are right, Sue. This translation made the English text very contemporary. Reason why I finished fast? It is hard to put down and there was a 3-day weekend and I brought it with me anywhere I went and had very few hours of sleep. It's a very interesting book.

ANGUS: I read W&P when I was about your age. I liked it for its historical part. As Tolstoy himself said, it is not a novel but more of like a journal. In fact, the main problem with W&P is the cohesion of the story. It is fragmented and does not have a central point. That is AK's strongest point, IMO.

Oh I can't stop discussing this book. I have read 3 books after this already but it will take me a while to move on. :)

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly I have a theory about long novels like this. After you've finished reading them, you like them not because they are really good, but because you've fallen into some kind of a hypnotic spell. You've been with it for a long time, at least longer than those other shorter novels you've read, so you bond with it. It's like your old, ugly family dog which you would not accept had it been just offered to you, but which you've learned to love because it has been with you for a long time. That's why most of the so-called literary masterpieces and classics are all long. The short ones are those written by authors who did not write long works like The Little prince, Catcher in the Rye, etc.

message 15: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Yes, that's why I wonder why some people don't want to read long novels. It's like making love all night long!

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly blame goodreads for that. They don't want to read long novels because they want to do reviews at gr more than reading the books. Their fingers had become trigger-happy, wanting to pound the keyboards more than turning pages.

May I add on short works: they are usually reread. By rereading them they also cause this hypnotic effect as the repetitive reading lengthens the book.

message 17: by K.D. (last edited Jul 02, 2011 05:57PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely Ha ha. Because of your comment, I reread my last few reviews and found many grammatical mistakes. I corrected them already. Although I partly blame Goodreads because there are still those cases that my review goes to oblivion (when the screen hangs then my review couldn't be saved) I also blame the fact that I normally write my reviews in more than one computer (mostly in the office, at home during weekends or even at internet cafes when I am at the mall) so I am not used to some of the keyboards and mouses ha ha.

Also, I type my reviews directly on GR's screen when I arrive in the office first thing in the morning and when 8:00 a.m. comes, sometimes I do not have the time to proofread anymore. I don't want anybody seeing me doing GR instead of working ha ha. Excuses, excuses :)

But thank you for subtly calling my attention. 'Appreciate it, J.!

BTW, you're correct. GR takes time to do but it provides time off from reading and should definitely not the other way around. For me, reading comes before GR.

message 18: by Sue (new)

Sue My computer does spell check so most of my errors get caught. Of course sometimes I don't notice the spell check!!

message 19: by K.D. (last edited Jul 02, 2011 05:54PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely Spell check is fine, Sue. What I am ashamed of are my grammatical mistakes in sentence construction ha ha. Given that English is my first language but here in the Philippines, we have English courses from the first grade to the first two years in college!

message 20: by Sue (new)

Sue Oh well. You are probably harder on yourself than anyone else could ever be,

message 21: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Yes, Sue. I write reviews primarily to make me remember the books I've read. So, I want to be able to admire those reviews later when I am in my twilight years. Not to be sorry how clumsy I was with my grammar ha ha.

message 22: by Sue (new)

Sue I hadn't thought about reading my reviews in my twilight years but I'm glad to have some documentation of what I'm reading now and have read in the past. I guess I'll try not to worry too much about the grammar (of course I don't write as detailed reviews as you do).

message 23: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Americans normally retire and use their retirement money to see the world. In my trips abroad as part of my work, I normally leave the hotel in the morning and when I come back during lunch time (say my day's itinerary is only half-day), all the retirees are there in the swimming pool and enjoying the sun and the water ha ha. How I wish I would have that life too after I retire ha ha.

message 24: by Sue (last edited Jul 03, 2011 07:02PM) (new)

Sue I wish I would have that life too. Many Americans do have it and are fortunate enough to be able to travel a lot after retirement. Many others may be able to travel once or twice in total. Many will never travel or never truly be able to retire. I think more and more of us are using what money we have at retirement to live on. Americans rarely have pensions anymore. Retirement funds come through what you get through Social Security or what you independently elect to withhold from your pay and invest.

We keep being told that Soc Security is running out (I'm counting on having it) and it's difficult to build up a meaningful IRA unless you earn a lot of money.

Needless to say, wealthy Americans are doing quite well but others are struggling.

Sorry if I got on my soapbox, but it starts getting crazy here in the pre-election season.

message 25: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Oh I'm sure you will.
Otherwise, there are more and more books to keep you busy with :)

message 26: by Sue (new)

Sue that's for sure. Of course I'm still out on disability so my "life" plans got completely messed up. one of my favorite quotes....life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. hopefully I'll get back to work of some kind eventually and build up my retirement income a bit. I really would like to get in one more vacation trip.

but reading provides trips of its own, thank goodness.

message 27: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Please consider going to the Philippines for your vacation trip. We have good beaches in the South. I can also show you the city (Manila).

Goodluck on your plan to go back to work. I hope you'll be able to achieve your retirement income target.

Oh yes! Reading takes us everywhere!

message 28: by Sue (new)

Sue My best friend's mother is from the Philippines. In fact she was born there, Her father was stationed there, met her mother, they got married, had their daughter Mary, then came back to the States where her 3 brothers were born.

Don't know if I'll ever get quite that far, but thanks for the invitation. Same goes for you, should you get to the Boston area.

message 29: by Charles (new)

Charles Mao Angus wrote: "Is it better than War and Peace?"

Hi Angus,

I never managed to finish but half of War and Peace, is War and Peace better than Anna Karenina?

message 30: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Sue: Thanks for the invitation. I'll keep that in mind. :)

Charles: Anna Karenina for me is better than War in Peace. Main reason: Anna is cohesive while W&P is fragmented. IMHO though.

message 31: by Charles (new)

Charles Mao K.D. wrote: "Sue: Thanks for the invitation. I'll keep that in mind. :)

Charles: Anna Karenina for me is better than War in Peace. Main reason: Anna is cohesive while W&P is fragmented. IMHO though."


Thanks for the reply. Though I still feel guilty for not finishing W&P, but I'm glad to hear from someone who has finished both compare the two!

message 32: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely You're welcome, Charles. You can always go back to the part where you stopped. W & P is fragmented so it should not really be hard. Besides, there is Sparknotes that can help you refresh your memory for the first half of the book. Enjoy! :)

message 33: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Sakraida I should read this again. I loved it the first time. thank you for the ten favorite books by major authors. now I have seven more books in my queue.

message 34: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely You're welcome, Shiela. Let me know how it goes for you. As for me, I will soon read Madame Bovary. Or maybe Huckleberry Finn. Problem is that somebody told me to read Tom Sawyer first.

message 35: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap K.D. wrote: "You're welcome, Shiela. Let me know how it goes for you. As for me, I will soon read Madame Bovary. Or maybe Huckleberry Finn. Problem is that somebody told me to read Tom Sawyer first."

once I started reading Huck Finn and after 10 pages or so I realised, that to completely enjoy it I needed to read Tom Sawyer first

message 36: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Exactly what my friend told me, Nilesh. His case was that he continued and finished reading Huck Finn then somebody told him that he should have read Tom Sawyer and so he did!!!

message 37: by Sarika (new)

Sarika Chat thanks KD,
you know, this book has been lying on my boookshelf for five years, but the sheersize never motivated me to read the book. Although agreat fan of lev tolystoy and agreat admirer of Russian authors Chekov, there was an inherent laziness despite so many acclaims. However your brilliant review not only ihas motivated me, but also given me an over view of the book.

message 38: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely R.A.?

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Yes? You talking to me?

I read Huck Finn when I was a boy (my very 1st novel) and at that time I didn't have a copy of Tom Sawyer yet. I don't have a copy of Huck Finn right now but I seem to remember that Huck Finn is the narrator there and in the very first sentence (or paragraph) he tells the reader that the latter won't know him unless he has read Tom Sawyer already. However reading HF 1st didn't affect my enjoyment of it and of TS which I read much later.

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Now regarding THAT guy, I knew right from the start that there's a lot of phoniness in him. I joked that he give me a book, he said it's expensive(it's being sold very cheap in bs). He pretends to have read a book, giving generalized praises about it, but when you ask for more infos, he clams up. I suspect he also pretends to have written books. He may be a real writer someday, when he gets more mature, unless he is psychotic.

message 41: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap There are books in his profile with his name as author. :-I

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly And you tried to flush him out, inviting him to a meet up. How can he possibly show up? He made a lot of reviews saying this and that book made a huge impact on his life, etc. So what if someone who has really read it asks him questions about the book? Here, he can ignore questions like that. But in a face-to-face meeting what can he do? Run away?

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly There's a lot of e-books in his profile with his name on it. For such a young person, and with so much time devoted to GR AND reading tons of books, where did he find the time to write?

message 44: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I did not know that you were following that on-going problem in our group. :)

message 45: by Sarika (new)

Sarika Chat I am relatively new just posted comment to thank u KD , i did not know i became aparty to your group. that was not my intention, my intention was to thank you for the lovely review:)) Iam sorry if I have intruded . Iam not very savvy with this website, did not know whree to thank u?

message 46: by Sarika (new)

Sarika Chat I just wanted to thank you KD and was not a part of the discussion:)) thanks for a wondeful review on Anna karina and sorry for theintrusion:)

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Even if I got out of tfg, when friends post on a thread, they pop out of my notification box.

message 48: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I am leaving TFG too! Time to move on...

message 49: by Adam (new)

Adam Spielman Anyone who can read Anna in one week is either an alien or criminally insane.

message 50: by K.D. (last edited Oct 07, 2012 08:00PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely That's me! LOL.

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