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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Feb 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, classics, literature
Read from January 01 to November 25, 2011 — I own a copy

By the end I was thinking that the book should have been named Kostya Levin instead of Anna Karenina, since it seemed like Tolstoy had more sympathy for that second main character really. It sprawls with the best of nineteenth century novels, not the way books are constructed nowadays, but in its leisure it is able to hit all the lovely telling scenes that might be missed if it were more straightforward about getting to the point.

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Leo Tolstoy
“These prin­ciples laid down as in variable rules: that one must pay a card sharper, but need not pay a tailor; that one must never tell a lie to a man, but one may to a woman; that one must never cheat any one, but one may a husband; that one must never pardon an insult, but one may give one and so on. These principles were possibly not reasonable and not good, but they were of unfailing certainty, and so long as he adhered to them, Vronsky felt that his heart was at peace and he could hold his head up.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Reading Progress

02/14/2011 page 154
05/14/2011 page 349
42.0% "Things have just started to get dicey for Anna"
05/16/2011 page 400
48.0% "Now finally it's starting to get complicated"
08/25/2011 page 550
66.0% "My how this guy can tell a story. (The hunting trip)"
10/17/2011 page 656
79.0% "The two principals finally have met. And now we're waiting for Levin's baby to be born."
11/02/2011 page 703
84.0% "Anna is turning all stream of consciousness at the end"
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