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message 1: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Newton What a wonderful, comprehensive review! It's been many years since I've read this, but your review has inspired me with the desire to reacquaint myself with it. Absolutely lovely!


message 2: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Thanks very much!


message 3: by Dolors (last edited Feb 18, 2016 12:16AM) (new)

Dolors A very keen analysis of the intricate psychological portraits of the main characters in this story that shows evidence of Tolstoy's gift to seize the most recondite nooks and crannies of the human conscience and transform it into highly believable, realistic stories, which sound as true and complex as life. Fantastic dissection, Lotz, you make me want to re-read this epic all over again.


message 4: by Warwick (new)

Warwick The other thread of this book—that of Levin and Kitty—is where Tolstoy tells us how to be happy.

I'd never thought of it exactly like this, but you're quite right. Not many writers bother with this bit, they always seem to prefer to illustrate the "what not to do" part. (I LOVE Kitty and Levin.)


message 5: by Son Tung (new)

Son Tung I feel lucky to be here and read your review.


message 6: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Dolors wrote: "A very keen analysis of the intricate psychological portraits of the main characters in this story that shows evidence of Tolstoy's gift to seize the most recondite nooks and crannies of the human ..."

Thanks very much! This book certainly does merit a rereading.


message 7: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Warwick wrote: "I'd never thought of it exactly like this, but you're quite right. Not many writers bother with this bit, they always seem to prefer to illustrate the "what not to do" part. (I LOVE Kitty and Levin.) "

I love them too!


message 8: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Phan wrote: "I feel lucky to be here and read your review."

I feel lucky to be here and read your comment :-).


message 9: by Poiema (new)

Poiema It was a delight to read your thoughtful review!


message 10: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Poiema wrote: "It was a delight to read your thoughtful review!"

Your comment was equally delightful!


message 11: by Cecily (new)

Cecily How does your friend live his live: as Anna, or as Levin and Kitty?

It's a fabulous review, Lotz. I don't think it's particularly spoilerish; in fact, I think it would be good read before embarking on the book.


message 12: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Cecily wrote: "How does your friend live his live: as Anna, or as Levin and Kitty?

It's a fabulous review, Lotz. I don't think it's particularly spoilerish; in fact, I think it would be good read before embarkin..."


Haha, my friend is trying to make it as a stand-up comedian, so your guess is as good as mine. And I'm glad you liked the review! The book is very inspiring.


message 13: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Well, I wasn't expecting that answer!


message 14: by Blair (new)

Blair Trust me to politicize a review about personal relationships, but I can't help being reminded that Putin is playing into theme of resisting the Europeanization of the Russian soul.


message 15: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Blair wrote: "Trust me to politicize a review about personal relationships, but I can't help being reminded that Putin is playing into theme of resisting the Europeanization of the Russian soul."

Well he has a lot of tradition to back him up, I guess! But as an American, I take all the Europeanization I can get.


message 16: by Alan (new)

Alan Make you a better person? No, just make you a Person.


message 17: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Alan wrote: "Make you a better person? No, just make you a Person."

That's one way of putting it! Though I'm fairly sure I know a few people who don't read the classics (maybe they're not People?).


message 18: by Alan (new)

Alan As for here in the US, I read very few American novels (partly bec in grad school, the best, Saul Bellow, was my advisor's best friend, but also, most now are about stupid, active characters. Exception: Sue Miller (like Bellow) writes about readers, characters who can think. Much more interesting.


message 19: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Alan wrote: "As for here in the US, I read very few American novels (partly bec in grad school, the best, Saul Bellow, was my advisor's best friend, but also, most now are about stupid, active characters. Excep..."

I can't say I read much contemporary fiction either, but that's mainly because I think you get more bang for your buck by reading classic novels.


message 20: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Good review


message 21: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz I made the grade!


message 22: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Thanks very much!


message 23: by Manny (new)

Manny You make a good case for the claim that reading some books can make you a better person!

So, the flip side: are there books that can make you a worse person? And if so, what is the anti-Anna-Karenina?


message 24: by Roy (last edited May 09, 2016 02:51AM) (new)

Roy Lotz Hmmm, that's a good question. I'm inclined to say books by Ann Coulter, but I haven't even read a sentence of her, so that feels disingenuous.


message 25: by Matt (new)

Matt Manny wrote: "are there books that can make you a worse person?

I guess that depends on the definition of good and bad. I didn't read Anna-Karenina yet, but I'm pretty sure that certain people would call this book "bad" in that it shows us a wrong (in their eyes) role model?

Think of the The Little Witch in which the witch wants to become a "good" witch, and see what it has brought her ;)


message 26: by Rachel (new)

Rachel C Matt, if you had read Anna Karenina, it would likely become more difficult to call her "bad". Her story is much more complex than that. Labelling before understanding would be judging a book by its cover, or by a goodreads summary. My point is, you should read it.


message 27: by Gaurav (last edited Jul 29, 2016 11:28AM) (new)

Gaurav Great, Lotz!!

Quite an exhaustive review !!


message 28: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Gaurav wrote: "Great, Lotz!!

Quite an exhaustive review !!"


Why, thank you!


message 29: by Priyanka (new)

Priyanka Vavilikolanu Great review. Especially the part about ego rings true. Thanks.


message 30: by Amábile (new)

Amábile Thank you for this marvellous review! Such a pleasure to read a point of view so perceptive as yours.


message 31: by Roy (new)

Roy Lotz Amábile wrote: "Thank you for this marvellous review! Such a pleasure to read a point of view so perceptive as yours."

And thanks for much for the comment!


message 32: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer great review! you helped me remember some of the great things about this novel


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