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Anna Karenina [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Malcolm Cowley , Joel Carmichael
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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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: 4485 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (March 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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32 of 37 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Library Kindle Edition August 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Long story short...meh June 4, 2013
Anna Karenina was about 940 pages long and was the next book written by Leo Tolsoi after War and Peace. War and Peace is one of my favorite books with a superb plot, animated characters, and several saliently sublime themes; however, Anna Karenina moved more like a reality TV show: weaker dialogue, self-contradicting characters, and a slow, day-by-day story with negligible plot. (Uncomfortably, some persons even reflected characters out of War and Peace, like Levin Konstantin did Pierre.) The book indicated how politically and socially upset Tolstoi was; and how his patchwork spirituality at the end reflected a writer more in crisis than in control.
Several shared aspects and ideas of the book, nevertheless, were well thought-out and thought provoking. Several pre-Ayn Rand-ish ideas prominently cropped up as well as Wertherian emotions and the inability to control them. Also, Leo Tolstoi explored the consequences of adultery on the human psyche at an individual, family, and societal level--reminiscent of Dostoevsky playing with murder in Crime and Punishment.
As a result of the slow, overly descriptive, drawn-out scenes, the book required about a month for me to read since I struggled to focus. Through his vague ideas and occurrences, Tolstoi doesn't present answers and consequences like in previous books; he makes you think about the same questions troubling him. Although that's initially upsetting, it's also nice to have an author not think for you.
If you're interested in 19th century Russia and/or Tolstoi, you should read the book. Otherwise, watch the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic! November 27, 1998
Tolstoy spins an incredibly passionate tale about living life to the fullest, for better or worse and achieves in not only touching the reader but creating an exciting story. The parallel plots of two loves, one triumphant the other tragic, expose a real understanding character as well as the human need for love. A truly amazing piece!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich tapestry of human interaction May 21, 1999
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I truly enjoyed this work. The sheer beauty of the writing and the characterisation make the heart burst with emotions. Do, do take the time to read this work. You will not regret it and you will be changed!
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2.0 out of 5 stars 800 pages of Tolstoy's wish fulfillment November 2, 2014
Of all the many things I expected of Anna Karenina, that it would be Tolstoy's version of a MarySue fanfic was not one. And yet, there it is: this towering classic of Russian literature is at least half wish-fulfilling self-insertion by Lev Tolstoy, who as the character Levin waxes on about politics, philosophy, farming, and generally being just better than you (or anyone else in the narrative). Sigh. If I'd wanted that kind of thing, I could've just slummed around

But what if we trim the self-indulgent fat from the narrative and just address the bits of the novel that actually have plot? Karenina still seems odd, a novel that from its very start is less about love and more about power balances in relationships. Anyone who doubts that may simply refer to lead character's death 100 pages prior to the novel's end, and the bare mentioning her after her passing. Without the heft of a love story to emotionally ground it, truly the only thing tragic about Anna Karenina is that she doesn't even get to be the hero of her own book - Tolstoy hogs that glory for himself. Epic, but only in its dullness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A very good book of wisdom but too long.
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Enjoyed immensely!
Published 5 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
Have been telling myself for years that I must read Anna Karenina, the size of it is very daunting! But I finally got to it 2 weeks ago. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Excellent product, I would buy this product again an I will recommend it, very useful, variable, and can be place anywhere.
Published 9 months ago by Rick
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 11 months ago by Claudio Gil
1.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY not worth 864 pages.
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simple Citizen
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 13 months ago by Mary Kay
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 15 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 17 months ago by Suzanne Nixon
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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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