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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Jun 27, 2012

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bookshelves: classics, the-classics-club, 1001-books
Read from July 07 to 09, 2012 — I own a copy

This is a short review of the simplified version of Anna Karenina. Why the simplified version, you might ask? Well, I found it at a book fair the other day and I was just curious with the storyline of Anna Karenina, I thought that at least I should have read the simplified version before the recent adaptation is out next December. So I bought it and read it within 2 days only (it’s only 198 pages thick). And what I got was the tragic story of Anna, an attractive young woman living in the high society of 19th century Russia. Sick and tired of her cold and boring husband Karenin, Anna seek solace in the arms of a handsome young officer named Count Vronsky. As their affair was going on, Anna still was troubled by her love for her son and Karenin’s, Seriozha. Anna wanted Seriozha to live with her and Vronsky, but Karenin, still wasn’t divorcing Anna, wouldn’t let Seriozha go. In the meantime, Anna was secluded from society as a form of punishment for her act of adultery with Vronsky. But being a rather unusual heroine, Anna was determined to keep her place in society, even though her presence was unwanted and disdained.

Even though this was only a simplified version, there are a lot of moral values I can take from Anna Karenina. One, marriage without love is the source of trouble. Two, the characters of this novel were so human with their flaws. I was especially impressed in Anna’s determination to live her life in her own way, no matter how disgraced her life was, no matter what society said and think of her. The moment when Anna was dying and begging for forgiveness from Karenin drove me to tears and I wished that she loved her husband instead, so that any of the terrible things wouldn’t happen to her! But hey, there wouldn’t be the Anna Karenina we all know today if she did. Lastly, when you decided to spend your life with someone, love is not enough. You need to devote yourself to your partner and sacrifice your personal matters, so that one day if your partner is no longer pretty or nice, you will still be at his/her side and never leave no matter what happens. So, I gave three out of five stars for the simplified version of Anna Karenina. Will I read the unabridged version someday? Well, why not? I’m honestly tempted to do so.


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07/07/2012 page 20
07/09/2012 page 198
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message 1: by Rendria (new)

Rendria Subianto wow! Anna Karenina! ini kan mau ada filmnya yah =D \m/ Selamat membaca ^^

message 2: by Wirda (new)

Wirda Suzli bagus crtanya...^^

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