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message 1: by Nanci (new)

Nanci Svensson | 26 comments I don't even comprehend the title of this bore of a book - "Russian aristocrats drink, suffer consumption, act very oddly around horses, and try to grasp that the times they are a-changing" would be perhaps not a very titillating but at least a title that more accurately mirrors the synopsis in this silly book. The title I humbly suggest would also not confuse the reader who struggles to comprehend the absence of any major character save a flimsy Bovaryesque clerk's wife who actually is named Anna Karenina, as it were.
This was my most boring read since Blonde. But I read that one yesterday, I guess I just bore easily.
Gah, gimme Dostoyevsky!


message 2: by Helen (new)

Helen To (avidlyavidreader) | 4 comments Uugghh. I remember trying to read Anna Karenina 3 years ago. In the end I had to abandon it half way as I was so bored.

My gripes with the novel was if it was Tolstoy's attempt to represent the upper classes then it was a poor try since, like yourself, the character development is negligible here. Having read good novels written in the realism style such as Middlemarch by George Eliot I was interested in approaching a Russian version of it. Instead what I found in Anna Karenina is so dull. I loved the irony that Anna is initially going to counsel her brother for his adulterous behaviour only to become one herself; however, from this point it was steadily downhill.

There are some excellent passages such as when Kitty realises she has lost her lover to Anna at the ball. I could feel Kitty's humiliation and shame at everyone else too witnessing it in such a public setting. Other then the occasional excellent scene I find it difficult to see what compels a reader to continue with the novel.


message 3: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Jones | 1 comments I managed to get to chapter 6 before giving up on this book, never have I been so bored. I will go back to it and give it another chance and try to soldier on at some point but I just can't do it now, I really can't.


message 4: by Ashley (new)

Ashley | 1 comments I do remember it was not the most entertaining book I have read... But it is a classic


message 5: by Kayla (new)

Kayla De Leon (kayladeleon) I slugged through this but I didn't quite enjoy it. Maybe it's because of my age? I don't know but I'll try it again in a few more years.


message 6: by Janet (new)

Janet Anna is painfully self absorbed and boring. The most interesting part of her life was her death. I did get through the book, however.


message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments I watched the movie: Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley! Beautiful movie! self-absorbed and annoying heroine, though!


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