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Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy
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Publisher Description

Anna Karenina is certainly somewhat unhappy in her life, but presents a strong and vivacious character when called in to smooth over a major crack that’s appeared in her brother’s marriage. Unfortunately, the very visit designed to help her brother introduces her to Count Alexei Vronsky and sets in motion a chain of events that will ripple through families and the unforgiving society of wealthy Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Initially serialized over five years in The Russian Messenger, Anna Karenina was first published as a two-volume novel in 1878. It was Leo Tolstoy’s second novel, coming after War and Peace and further cementing his role as the primary Russian author of his age. Tolstoy drew on his aristocratic upbringing to set the scene for the novel, and it’s widely believed that he wrote his own experiences and struggles with religion (documented in A Confession) into the central character of Konstantin Levin.

This edition compiles into a single volume the 1901 English translation by Constance Garnett.

380 Reviews

Thumbs Up“What is there to say? This was beautiful. It took me a little bit to get into as I wasn’t used to literary realism, but once I did, I was totally invested in the events and lives of the characters in the story. Nothing was plain black and white, good or bad, but full of the complexity of life. I cared and felt for everyone in the story and what was happening with them. Truly a masterpiece and a fantastic introduction to Russian literature.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readBeautiful settingRealistic settingHeartbreakingRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I honestly think everyone should read this book. It is truly one of the best classics I have read. Despite its daunting length, Tolstoy's magnificent writing is able to fully capture your attention throughout the entire book.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveFast-pacedUnpredictableRomanticThought-provoking
Thumbs Up“If it wasn’t for this book club I don’t think I’d finish this book this year to be honest I started it 5 years ago. I’m so glad I finally finished it. I’m a little sad now that it’s over I’m going to miss these characters and the story.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Loved it!”
Likable charactersOriginal charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveThought-provoking
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I FINALLY got through this book and let me say…. It was worth it. I was impressed, heartbroken and immersed in this story for the entire plot. However… there were moments that could have been edited out. A lot about farming. Like so much about farming. There were unnecessary rants that my eyes skipped over, but overall, I grew attached to this story and characters more than I expected.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingImmersive settingMemorable

About Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy.

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