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Anna Karenina (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Constance Garnett
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anna Karenina was the next major novel of Tolstoy after his War and Peace.
“In order for a work to be good, one must love its main basic idea. In Anna Karenina I love the family idea while in War and Peace I loved the national idea,” Tolstoy said once to his wife.
The first idea of the plot occurred to Tolstoy as early as seven years before the novel was written. “Yesterday he told me,” wrote Tolstoy’s wife in her diary, “that he imagined the character of a married woman belonging to the highest circles of society, but having lost herself. He said that his aim would be to make her pitiful but not guilty…”

This edition includes 15 illustrations by various artists of 19th century and English translation of French entries.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 5951 KB
  • Print Length: 989 pages
  • Publisher: The Planet (January 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V4JWZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read Anna Karenina when I was in my twenties. Rereading it fifty years later, I was thrilled to be drawn into this novel again, and appreciated it more than ever. I fell under the spell of the creative spirit of the great Leo Tolstoi . His unsurpassed knowledge of society, psychology and the power of the human heart is as relevant today as it was then. His descriptions of the world of 19th century Russian nobility, peasant life and the beauty of nature are the settings for the star-crossed love of Anna and Vronsky, and the love between Levin and Kitty. I hope that everyone takes the time to read Anna Karenina. And don't be put off by its length. The artfully short chapters keep the narrative moving. as suspense builds. It kept me riveted until the last page. I read it on Kindle, which had the added advantage of providing instant reminders regarding the names of the Russian characters when necessary, as well as instant translations when the nobles lapsed into French. . I also chose the Constance Garnett translation, which is still the best English version of this Russian masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic August 6, 2014
By Malena
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I had never read this book before, and I was favorably surprised... I thought it would be boring and outdated... but in truth it is a timeless story, and though some ways of thinking or acting in those days are not in use nowadays, the conflict of the characters is easy to relate to, even in our days. I don't give it 5 stars because I did not like the ending. The kindle edition is excellent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Edition September 22, 2014
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This edition was helpful in that it gave a list of the main characters before the first chapter, which I copied fist, to refer to the long Russian names to keep all the characters straight. I had tried to read it before, but could not keep all those long names and connections straight. Thus, this time I enjoyed the book, the story set in an area I was unfamiliar with. .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy December 22, 2012
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I went to see the new release in theaters of Anna Karenina and then decided to buy the book for my kindle fire. I loved the movie but I always find the original book adds so much more depth to the characters and story. I haven't completed the book yet but would recommend it as I am enjoying it immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic worth your time August 15, 2014
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A masterpiece that reveals human nature and social interactions that are still relevant, so many years after it was written. People are people no matter what century it is, and Tolstoy was a keen chronicler of many different personality traits that are recognizable as oh so human. He also wrote poetical descriptions of the hard work of farming in the late nineteenth century. The title is somewhat deceptive, as the focus is not just on Anna, but also on many others in her circle of family, friends and acquaintances. It was also striking how often political issues from the book are still issues today, as when three aristocrats on a hunting trip discuss the unfairness of income inequality. This is a classic worth the time invested to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book and a Great Company. October 4, 2013
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Having a Kindle is one of the best things a person can do. Anna Karenina is one of the greatest reads out there. Having to pay nothing for one of the greastest novels in today's world is unbelievable. Again, Kindle is so far ahead of the others and continues to better them selves. I see people reading today as a result of Kindles changeling the market.
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What more can one say about a perfect novel; like Talmudic scholars endlessly teasing out meanings and writing commentaries on the text, we can spend the rest of our lives luxuriating in the richness of Tolstoy's book. His characters are so real that, not just Russians, but anyone who reads Tolstoy deeply knows them better than they know people in their real lives. His sense of time, the inner thoughts and motivations, descriptions of first love or cynical extramarital affairs, the inexorable decay in human relationships that time causes, the understanding of life in all stratas of society...making top ten lists of Tolstoy's virtue is a futile venture. Better to put your phone on Airplane Mode, cut yourself off from the puerile stream of consciousness flow of Facebook and hold a nicely bound physical, not Kindle, copy of Anna Karenina and to just start reading. I hate the concept of bucket lists but dying without reading this book is a waste of one's life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very sad book. It is interesting October 11, 2014
By Alex
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I never thought I could detest a main character more. Was I supposed to feel for her? I honestly thought this would be a revenge novel for Dolly (bless her heart), but then focused on the same behavior we detested in the beginning.

In her spiral downward toward the end, I see the "moral bit" spring up left and right. It is refreshing to see the story from the "bad guy's" point of view, but was a hard read for me since I connected with all the characters that got screwed, not the main bits. Very sad book.

It is interesting, but very long-winded and contains an entire chapter about Levin's farming. I get it, you're a great person and work hard with your workers but did we need that in the middle, and then at the end?

I would recommend an abridged version if one exists.
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