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Anna Karenina [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy
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Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

From Library Journal

Pevear and Volokhonsky, winners of the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, have produced the first new translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina in 40 years. The result should make the book accessible to a new generation of readers. In an informative introduction, Pevear gives the reader a history of the work Tolstoy called his first true novel and which took him some four years to write. Pevear explains how Tolstoy took real events, incorporated them into his novel, and went through several versions before this tale of the married Anna and her love for Count Vronsky emerged in its final form in 1876. It was during the writing of the book that Tolstoy went through a religious crisis in his life, which is reflected in this novel. The translation is easily readable and succeeds in bringing Tolstoy's masterpiece to life once again. For all libraries. Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 1235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439169462
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMLILO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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324 of 329 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all a matter of taste, after all July 14, 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This will not, perhaps, be very helpful to you, future reader, to hear but: in my humble opinion, there is no way to *learn* to like Tolstoy. There's no process of adjustment, no method of accustoming oneself to the prose, the descriptions, the style, the themes. It's either there within you or it's not.
In other words, if you begin "Anna Karenina" and you are not immediately swept up into the story, with its many characters, family tensions, and ornate depiction of Russian society on many levels... If you are ten chapters in and going forward on pure stubbornness... Put the book down. Walk away. This is not for you.
For example: I read in an earlier review that the reader was "bored" by Levin's description of working in the fields with the peasants on his estate. Personally, I find that to be one of the most compelling passages in the entire book. I'm not right while the other reader is wrong, but I will say this: it's a matter of taste. If you are not engrossed by the complexities of this vast and entrenched society, if you do not feel sympathy for Levin, or feel drawn to Anna, or understand the attraction of Vronsky, then do not torture yourself, and move on.
If you're staying, though -- Anna remains, I believe, one of the most interesting protagonists in literature, and precisely because while the reader is almost unwillingly forced to sympathize with her feelings, it is similarly impossible to remove the stigma of blame from her, watching the wreck she makes of her life. Her transformation from the alluring and enchanting woman who so impresses young Kitty, to the sad and scorned woman that Vronsky himself no longer truly loves, in the end, is all of her own doing -- but who among us can say we would have successfully avoided all of her misjudgments?
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316 of 337 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal Error July 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
According to Tolstoy, the genesis of Anna Karenina was derived from three specific events: (1) An idea for a story Tolstoy developed in 1870 about a woman who deserts her husband for another man, based, in part, on the life of his sister, Marya; (2) a newspaper story concerning the mistress of one of Tolstoy's neighbors, who, feeling only despair at being abandoned by her lover, hurled herself under a train; and (3) a sentence from Pushkin's Tales of the Balkins ("The guests were arriving at the country house..."), that Tolstoy read by chance one day in 1873. Supposedly, this sentence from Pushkin fueled Tolstoy's imagination to such a degree that he completed a first draft of Anna Karenina in only three weeks.
A novel about the meaning of life and the role happiness does or does not play in it, Anna Karenina is the story of a married woman's adulterous affair with Count Vronsky. As foreshadowed in the book's early pages, the affair ends tragically, for both Anna and Vronsky.
The novel (which Tolstoy's contemporary, Dostoyevsky, considered "a perfect work of art"), also tells the story of Constantine Levin, a gentleman farmer whose lifelong pursuit of happiness and fulfillment culminates, not in his long-awaited marriage to Kitty Shcherbatskaya, but with the advice of a simple peasant about "living rightly, in God's way."
From a few simple, yet melodramatic events (and the depths of a dizzyingly fecund imagination), Tolstoy fashioned a beautiful, profound and enduring novel dealing with stark questions of both life and religious faith as seen through the eyes of the farmer, Levin.
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132 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great master August 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While the format on Kindle2 is not perfect, it's good enough to read easily and for those that like the text-to-speech function, you can listen to it. I can't believe I've not read this before and having it available free for the Kindle spurred me into doing just that. Tolstoy is such a great master. I read once that he worked on each paragraph until it was perfect, then moved on to the next and when he got to the end, the book was finished--no editing. Amazing. Since I don't read Russian I won't get to appreciate that and the translation isn't quite so clean, but still his prose is generally so clear and crisp, it's easy to get lost in the story and spend longer reading than you intended. I truly felt drawn into the Russian society life and could picture the scenes in my mind. I appreciated Tolstoy's ability to verbalize thoughts and emotions from a character's expression or tone of voice, a real skill. It's important to note, however, that this is not as easy reading as many modern works partly because of the more stilted writing style of the period and elaborate detail and partly because of the Russian names and ways of expressing things. Each character seemed to have half a dozen name references, formal, nicknames, etc. and being unfamiliar with the Russian culture, that presented a bit of a challenge to me at first. Still the characters are so vividly portrayed eventually I got the hang of it.

There is no table of contents, but I find that less of an issue in a fiction work that I intend to read straight through. Some paragraphs are split with a line left unfilled and the next not indented, probably a result of its conversion to ebook format, and I found some oddities I expect were typos.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Not only does this book evoke thought, but spiritual thought as well. This book made me angry, sad, frustrated, joyful, and all the other emotions one can feel.
Published 4 hours ago by KimP
1.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste and burns my patience
Terrible story-writing and patience-burning. All the dragging and repetition of the same description not even literarily beautiful. Maybe it's the translation, I don't know. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Lu
4.0 out of 5 stars Another long Tolstoy book--but worth it.
Who am I to review a beautifully written classic. Another Tolstoy book on the life and times of the Russian aristocrat/land owner class. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sidney J. LaVoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic
This is an excellent, moving story written by a master story teller, Leo Tolstoy. I recommend it highly to young and old.
Published 2 days ago by Laura Ricci
5.0 out of 5 stars E books
How can you go wrong with Leo Tolstoy, this is my first e-book and surprisingly I think it is far better to read in paperback.
Published 2 days ago by Graham Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Reading
This is VERY heavy reading, but so worth it. I loved this book, but I definitely had to follow it up by reading something that wouldn't work my mind quite so much.
Published 3 days ago by Lil Mondu
3.0 out of 5 stars good read, a great book of it's time!
I would like to say, it's hard to rate a book, that isnt of it's time. This is a much older book, written by a Russian author. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Phylicia Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!
It would be silly and presumptuous for me to rate this book, a true classic, but read it, or read it again. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Frederic J. Truslow
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifecent,
Larger than life.great portrait of the and people of time.a story of a doomed love affair and paranoia.great book, read carefullly
Published 5 days ago by Ernie itkin
4.0 out of 5 stars good, long read
The book is titled for a character that does not end up being the turning point. It's an uplifting and depressing as well as a political history story.
Published 6 days ago by camilla ja brewer
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