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Anna Karenina [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Malcolm Cowley , Joel Carmichael
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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This edition, the famous Constance Garnett translation, has been revised throughout by Leonard J. Kent and Nina Berberova.

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  So begins Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy's great modern novel of an adulterous affair set against the backdrop of Moscow and St. Petersburg high society in the later half of the nineteenth century.  A sophisticated woman who is respectably married to a government bureaucrat, Anna begins a passionate, all-consuming involvement with a rich army officer.  Refusing to conduct a discreet affair, she scandalizes society by abandoning both her husband and her young son for Count Vronsky--with tragic consequences.  Running parallel is the story of the courtship and marriage of Konstantin Levin (the melancholy nobleman who is Tolstoy's stand-in) and Princess Kitty Shcherbatsky.  

Levin's spiritual searching and growth reflect the religious ideals that at the time Tolstoy was evolving for himself.  Taken together, the two plots embroider a vast canvas that ultimately encompasses all levels of Russian society.  "Now and then Tolstoy's novel writes its own self, is produced by its matter, but its subject," noted Vladimir Nabokov.  "Anna Karenina is one of the greatest love stories in world literature."  As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy:  "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life."  

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"One of the greatest love stories in world literature."
--Vladimir Nabokov

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A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life, haunted by thoughts of suicide, Levin's struggles echo Tolstoy's own spiritual crisis. But Anna's inner turmoil mirrors the own emotional imprisonment and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the strictures of a patriarchal world. In Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul.

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  • File Size: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (March 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Translation February 2, 2009
This review is for this version of the book, NOT the novel. This translator uses sentences which do not make a whole lot of sense. I was completely frustated when I had to re-read several sentences many times just to grasp what he was saying. I prefer the Penguin Classics version, translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Library Kindle Edition August 15, 2012
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Since Amazon is terrible at associating kindle versions with the correct book, this review is for the Modern Library Kindle Edition: Anna Karenina. This is a a Garnett translation edited by Leonard Kent and Nina Berberova, not a Carmichael translation.

I have tried a lot of the Anna Karenina kindle editions. Although there is another Garnett version with annotations Anna Karenina - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) is cheaper, I bought this because it is slightly better formatted for the Kindle. The difference is that the footnotes are found at the end of a chapter, as opposed to the end of the book. On a non-touch Kindle, it's clunky to navigate to a footnote, read it, and then hit back. It interrupts the reading flow.

With footnotes at the end of a chapter (and chapters being relatively small), the footnotes in the Modern Library version are relatively timely. You can get to the end of a chapter and read the footnotes and still remember what they refer to.

I also decided it was worth it to get a more official curated version of Anna Karenina; many of the cheaper versions you see are just people repacking off-the-internet the Garnett (unrevised) or Maude translations.

The Pevear & Volokhonsky version costs twice as much as this version, and the footnotes are also at the end of the book instead of the end of a chapter.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book EVER! July 19, 1996
By A Customer
Anna Karenina is the most believable and empathetic female character ever created.
Tolstoy, as always, creates a complicated world of many different seductive love stories and
life-stories, all of which are woven beautifully together through Anna's eyes.

The plot of _Anna Karenina_ is one that remains remarkably current, even in our changing world
and distinct culture (from that of Tolstoy's turn-of-the-century Russia). More than
just a classic tale though, Anna is a classic character- one whom every woman can identify
with on some level. Tolstoy is a genius for being able to appropriate the minds of so
many diverse characters to make everyone involved so life-like and charming.

_Anna Karenina_ is a book that must be read again and again. It is a book which will
mean more and more to the reader throughout each stage in his/her life. And finally, it is a book which
will never fail to entertain and move even the most jaded reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY not worth 864 pages. February 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I determined many years ago that I wanted to read many "Classic" novels. My favorite by far is Les Miserables. I have enjoyed A Christmas Carol, as well as many others. I thought The Scarlet Letter was dull. I loved The Three Musketeers but couldn't finish The Count of Monte Cristo,etc...

Now I have finished the complete and unabridged Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

After reading all 864 pages I can now say that it was absolutely NOT worth it. This is obviously a character driven book and not a plot driven book. There are more inane descriptions and pointless conversations than there are relevant ones. There is so much time spent in character development that I lost the plot line entirely at times.
When this happened in Les Misearbles - at least there was a good plot to get back to.
Anna Karenina offered no such plot. The plot of the entire book with it's nuances and important moments can all be given in about 5 minutes. The rest is fluff and conversation.

Some people don't mind that. I wouldn't mind it so much if only the conversations and descriptions served some purpose.

The point at which I really became dissatisfied with the book was almost exactly half way through. The novel is divided into 8 parts, and at the end of the 4th part a very important thing happens. Actually - the rest of the book revolves around a decision made by Anna at that point. Tolstoy has spent 400 pages on description and dialogue to get to this point. And when the big decision happens, it is one sentence long.
He does not describe it, does not describe the reasoning behind it. He doesn't do anything other than say that the decision was made, and then we send the last 400 pages discussing the repercussions of that decision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Tolstoy December 19, 1998
By A Customer
I'm not sure what moved me to take on this book as my introduction to Tolstoy, but I'm glad I did. I found the writing (partial credit to the translator) to be rich without being presumptuous. The story development was magnificent, so much more than just plot development; I loved the "background" stories that had little to do with the main plot but which added dimension to the characters. Still, about 2/3 of the way through I became bored, at which point I almost gave up the book. I'm glad I persevered, though - the ending was magnificent. (Side note: as a feminist, it was gratifying to see that the adulterous MAN paid a price for his indiscretion too, in some ways even a dearer price than Anna.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildy Poor Condition
The sides were ripped up and there was a page inside the book that was severely ripped. Slightly usable condition for a student. 4/10 would not recommend.
Published 24 days ago by Claudio Gil
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story.
I read it because the movie came out and I remembered I had never read it. Afterwards I saw the movie.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Kay Engh
5.0 out of 5 stars No "in between" for Tolstoy
Many people are turned off by an overly long book. For me, I hate to say bye to characters I read about. Too bad all books aren't 5000 pages and have series of twelve or more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nyxx Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
Tolstoy's skill at describing the inner thoughts, conflicts, and emotions of his characters is astounding. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Suzanne Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina
I really love this book. In my opinion, you can't beat a classic.
The story held my attention throughout the book.
Published 7 months ago by Katherine Bockius
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of old, but alright.
The book is not in what I would call great condition. The spine is bent to the point of the book lying crooked when closed The cover is also not in great condition, and the pages... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dakota Barber
3.0 out of 5 stars Long story short...meh
Anna Karenina was about 940 pages long and was the next book written by Leo Tolsoi after War and Peace. Read more
Published 10 months ago by NJKramer
5.0 out of 5 stars The mysterious encounter
The love is an encounter of two space.
The space of Mrs. Russian nobles named Anna.
The space of Vronsky earl.
The encounter in the train is mysterious. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dew Kuriyama
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I order them for my son in the jail he is in, He really enjoyed the book a lot. Great book
Published 11 months ago by Sheila Tutor
2.0 out of 5 stars why is this a classic
Oh Tolstoy, why is your book so awful? And why wasn't I warned? It's not like I'm the only one who's read this brand new book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Manning
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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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Which Kindle version of Anna Karenina has the best translation?
Am also awaaiting the answer to your question
Jan 30, 2011 by RUTH LEWIS |  See all 2 posts
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Jan 23, 2010 by nuts about books |  See all 2 posts
Who is the translator?
Everyman's Library started coming out with NEW editions and they are VERY nice. Is it the new one you're asking about or an older edition? (What's the copyright on the one you're looking at?) They may have changed which translation that they used (unlikely) -- but I can assure you of one fact: I... Read more
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