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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Aug 03, 2012

really liked it

This novel seems to be underwhelming throughout; it is not until one has finished reading and actually reflected upon it that the true value of the book is realized.
Tolstoy's style is straightforward and, at times, quite dry. His descriptions paint a vivd picture, though the descriptions themselves are never very artful.

When one finishes the book for the first time, they are disappointed, expecting something thrilling after all the notoriety it has gained...and yet, when one reflects, one realizes just what a masterpiece the book is. It portrays something scandalous, intriguing, and strangely close to home; even if we cannot relate to the scandal, we can certainly appreciate the feelings it evokes. One then realizes how human the characters truly are; they are so realistic, so raw, and so relatable.

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