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message 1: by Guy (new)

Guy Portman What a good book Jeffrey, but long.


message 2: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Aranda I'm currently reading this book too. :) It's like we're doing a buddy read without telling the other person we were doing so haha.


message 3: by Felicia (new)

Felicia Well dang. I was one that was never gonna read this book so I looked and now I wanna read this book. ;-)


message 4: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Felicia wrote: "Well dang. I was one that was never gonna read this book so I looked and now I wanna read this book. ;-)"

Awesome! There are many plot twists that I didn't discuss although I wanted to talk about everything. I hope you do read it! I'm still in the Tolstoy glow!


message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Aranda Glad you enjoyed this book Jeffrey. I personally didn’t like this book as much as you did but I can see why others like it. It was my second time reading this book and I think it will be my last time too. The movie with Vivian Leigh was good though.


message 6: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Rachel wrote: "Glad you enjoyed this book Jeffrey. I personally didn’t like this book as much as you did but I can see why others like it. It was my second time reading this book and I think it will be my last ti..."

I've been putting off seeing the movies (I plan to watch Kiera Knightly's movie as well.) until I read the book. Good for you reading it twice. I'm trying to work out when I can read War & Peace. I've got a lot of books already in the queue for this year. It might have to wait until next summer. I also need to get back to Dostoevsky as well. Did you read this translation?


message 7: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Aranda Jeffrey wrote: "Rachel wrote: "Glad you enjoyed this book Jeffrey. I personally didn’t like this book as much as you did but I can see why others like it. It was my second time reading this book and I think it wil..."

I was going to read Dostoevsky this summer but I moved and got married in June so I'm busy with getting settled down. I might save it for next year too. I read the Kindle version that's available for free and another version by Louise and Aylmer Maude.


message 8: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Rachel wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "Rachel wrote: "Glad you enjoyed this book Jeffrey. I personally didn’t like this book as much as you did but I can see why others like it. It was my second time reading this book an..."

I've read other translations by Pevear and Volokhonsky and they are excellent translators. They have translating quite a few Russian novelists. Congratulations on getting married! May you both live long and prosper!


message 9: by Alice (new)

Alice Blanchard Great review!


message 10: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Alice wrote: "Great review!"

Thanks Alice!


message 11: by Lars (new)

Lars Jerlach Marvelous review my friend.


message 12: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Thanks Lars! Tolstoy did the heavy lifting on this one!


message 13: by Anna (new)

Anna Great review, Jeffrey! May I offer a tiny correction? The husband's name is Karenin, without the "a" at the end. Karenina is her name, sort of like Mrs. Karenin.


message 14: by Jeffrey (last edited Jul 06, 2018 03:27PM) (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Anna wrote: "Great review, Jeffrey! May I offer a tiny correction? The husband's name is Karenin, without the "a" at the end. Karenina is her name, sort of like Mrs. Karenin."

I'm so sorry Anna. Thanks for alerting me to my stupid mistake. I understand how Russian names work. I just missed it in corrections.


message 15: by Jaline (new)

Jaline Outstanding review of the phenomenal novel, Jeffrey! And your "spoiler alert" was priceless. :)


message 16: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Jaline wrote: "Outstanding review of the phenomenal novel, Jeffrey! And your "spoiler alert" was priceless. :)"

Thanks Jaline! It is a phenomenal novel. I was hoping people would enjoy the spoiler in the spirit of which it was written. :-)


message 17: by Brian (new)

Brian Beautiful review! Sounds like a beautiful masterpiece.


message 18: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Brian wrote: "Beautiful review! Sounds like a beautiful masterpiece."

Thank you Brian! There is no doubt in my mind. Tolstoy was a gifted writer. He left a huge legacy behind him for every Russian writer to aspire to.


message 19: by Owen Newman (new)

Owen Newman Sounds interesting and and want to read more


message 20: by Owen Newman (new)

Owen Newman Watched some of the movie it was so so. I would not recomend it.


message 21: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Well Owen as I am a completist after reading the book I have to watch the movie (plural) to feel complete


message 22: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Cronin Gripping, ageless, unforgettable. That's Anna K!


message 23: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Sheila wrote: "Gripping, ageless, unforgettable. That's Anna K!"

I completely agree Sheila!


message 24: by Anni (new)

Anni I think there is a little bit of Anna (or Emma Bovary, for that matter) in every married women of a certain age!


message 25: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Anne HS wrote: "I think there is a little bit of Anna (or Emma Bovary, for that matter) in every married women of a certain age!"

Absolutely! Some may even dream of taking the chance that Anna does. We all reach a point where we ask ourselves...is this it?


message 26: by Wieland (new)

Wieland An excellent review,. Now I have a desire to reread it, but the to-read list is still so long.


message 27: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Thanks Wieland! I know how you feel. Hard to travel where you have been before when there are so many paths still left to explore.


message 28: by T.D. (new)

T.D. Whittle I love your conclusion, especially, Jeffrey: She sacrificed everything to chase a dream.

The dream ate her.

This book is a masterpiece, not just a Russian masterpiece but a true gift to the world of literature.


I could not agree more that it is a masterpiece and a great gift to the world of literature. This used to be my favourite. Then, I read War and Peace after putting it off for decades feeling that I was not ready. I was probably right about that, as I think W&P can only be appreciated once one has lived quite a bit, and finds long digressions about the Napoleonic wars mixed with romance, heroism and cowardice, family turmoil, friendship, politics, and existential ponderings not only interesting but fascinating. It's a beautiful book, really, and I feel that we are lucky to have had a Tolstoy.


message 29: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten T.D. wrote: "I love your conclusion, especially, Jeffrey: She sacrificed everything to chase a dream.

The dream ate her.

This book is a masterpiece, not just a Russian masterpiece but a true gift to the wor..."


I'm thinking about reading The Cossacks before tackling W&P. I'm getting curious about his less celebrated work as well. I'm getting this feeling I'm going to be a completest on Tolstoy. I probably will look into some prep work on the period before reading W&P just so the background story is more relevant to me. This is going to turn into a full on research project. :-) Thank you T.D.! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this review because I really did want it to be good.


message 30: by Roger (new)

Roger Brunyate Fine review, Jeffrey. What is that dreadful cover: her knees pretending to be her cleavage? Oddly enough, whenever I think of Anna, it is always as a personality, a force, an idea; I never imagine the body to go with it. R.


message 31: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Roger wrote: "Fine review, Jeffrey. What is that dreadful cover: her knees pretending to be her cleavage? Oddly enough, whenever I think of Anna, it is always as a personality, a force, an idea; I never imagine ..."

The cover is a bit odd. I think they were meaning for it to look suggestive. First glance one certainly thinks cleavage and then after a longer look one discovers it is in fact her knees. Of course odd cover or not this was the translation I wanted to read. Thanks Roger. Anna is, after all, too beautiful to be more than just an ideal of physical beauty in our minds. We each have a different idea of that.


message 32: by Roger (new)

Roger Brunyate I think I read the Everyman Classics edition. I love their bindings and generally go for them when I can. R.


message 33: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Roger wrote: "I think I read the Everyman Classics edition. I love their bindings and generally go for them when I can. R."

I'm a big fan of Everyman Classics and own many. They are great and affordable. But they did not have Pevear and Volokhonsky as their translators for their edition of Anna Karenina. I've enjoyed P&V in the past and wanted to stick with them.


(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas I read this years ago when it was an Oprah pick! I was worried going on but ended up loving it. Anna was quite the compelling character. I loved her and hated her. Tolstoy definitely took me for a ride & I ended up loving it in its entirety. Glad you enjoyed it.


message 35: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas wrote: "I read this years ago when it was an Oprah pick! I was worried going on but ended up loving it. Anna was quite the compelling character. I loved her and hated her. Tolstoy definitely took me for a ..."

I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. It is an epic important read for any reader. Definitely a Bucket List type read.


message 36: by T.D. (new)

T.D. Whittle Jeffrey wrote: "
message 30: by Jeffrey (new) - rated it 5 stars 18 hours, 4 min ago
Jeffrey KeetenT.D. wrote: "I love your conclusion, especially, Jeffrey: She sacrificed everything to chase a dream.

The dream ate her.

This book is a masterpiece, not just a Russian masterpiece but a true gift to the wor..."

I'm thinking about reading The Cossacks before tackling W&P. I'm getting curious about his less celebrated work as well. I'm getting this feeling I'm going to be a completest on Tolstoy. I probably will look into some prep work on the period before reading W&P just so the background story is more relevant to me. This is going to turn into a full on research project. :-) Thank you T.D.! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this review because I really did want it to be good."


Your review is very good (I forgot to say that) and I very much enjoyed it. I will join you, I believe, in being a Tolstoy completest but first I may have to read War and Peace three times more :). I have far to go.


message 37: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten T.D. wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "
message 30: by Jeffrey (new) - rated it 5 stars 18 hours, 4 min ago
Jeffrey KeetenT.D. wrote: "I love your conclusion, especially, Jeffrey: She sacrificed everything to chase a dre..."


Thanks T.D.! There are all kinds of great reading opportunities available for us and Tolstoy would probably be more worthwhile than most of the very best of everyone else. I'm feeling like bold statement guy today. :-)


message 38: by T.D. (new)

T.D. Whittle Jeffrey wrote: "T.D. wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "
message 30: by Jeffrey (new) - rated it 5 stars 18 hours, 4 min ago
Jeffrey KeetenT.D. wrote: "I love your conclusion, especially, Jeffrey: She sacrificed everything t..."


BOLD STATEMENT GUY :)))


message 39: by Hanneke (last edited Nov 25, 2018 04:21PM) (new)

Hanneke Marvellous review, Jeffrey. Yes, isn't that novel one of the greatest classics ever! I really enjoyed your quote of that unforgetable line: "though she liked him very much, as soon as he left the room, she stopped thinking about him.” Devastating line! I never forgot it.


message 40: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Hanneke wrote: "Marvellous review, Jeffrey. Yes, isn't that novel one of the greatest classics ever! I really enjoyed your quote of that unforgetable line: "though she liked him very much, as soon as he left the r..."

Devastating is the perfect way to describe that line. At the same time I was so happy she forgot about him for his own sake. Thank you Hanneke! A book deserving to be read many times in one reading life time.


message 41: by Hanneke (last edited Nov 26, 2018 07:41AM) (new)

Hanneke Yes, although he did not realize it, Levin had a lucky escape! You are right, it is a book to be read several times in one's life.


message 42: by THEA LOVES BOOKS (new)

THEA LOVES BOOKS OMG. OMG. OMG. LOVE THE REVIEW. LOVE THE BEGINNING OF THE REVIEW. LOVE MYSELF AND THE REVIEW. LOVE ME AND MY MOM AND THE REVIEW. LOVE ME AND MY MOM AND MY DAD AND THE REVIEW. LOVE...
Yeah, we get the gist.
HATE BROCCOLI AND MEAN PEOPLE .


message 43: by Henry (new)

Henry Excellent review of a masterpiece.


message 44: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten THEA LOVES BOOKS wrote: "OMG. OMG. OMG. LOVE THE REVIEW. LOVE THE BEGINNING OF THE REVIEW. LOVE MYSELF AND THE REVIEW. LOVE ME AND MY MOM AND THE REVIEW. LOVE ME AND MY MOM AND MY DAD AND THE REVIEW. LOVE...
Yeah, we get t..."


Thanks Thea! You are feeling the love


message 45: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Henry wrote: "Excellent review of a masterpiece."

Thank you Henry! It is without question a masterpiece.


message 46: by Aura (new)

Aura Jeffrey, are you reading all my favorite classics? I absolutely love this heavy Russian romance/political novel.


message 47: by Lorna (new)

Lorna Jeffrey, what a beautiful review. I loved this book and excited to see a theater production of the same in a few weeks.


message 48: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Aura wrote: "Jeffrey, are you reading all my favorite classics? I absolutely love this heavy Russian romance/political novel."

It is fabulous, truly fabulous. I do try to make sure that I read several classics each year that I've neglected. War and Peace this summer? Let's hope!


message 49: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Lorna wrote: "Jeffrey, what a beautiful review. I loved this book and excited to see a theater production of the same in a few weeks."

Thank you Lorna! I still need to watch the recent movie with Kiera Knightley.


message 50: by Rabiraj (new)

Rabiraj Banerjee Great review , added to my to read list


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