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Anna Karenina Kindle Edition

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Length: 634 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2256 KB
  • Print Length: 634 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008476UXW
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Elkins on November 10, 2012
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I get really excited when I read a really good book, and I just finished the most interesting, enthralling, and mesmerizing book I have ever read in my life, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. If ever you take a notion to read it, don't be put off by it's size or think it's a stuffy old classic written in the 1800s. The story is about the human condition in so many different aspects. This book has many characters, but it focuses on 3 couples in aristocratic Russia in the 1800s. In one couple the issue of continued infidelity by the husband is a question and the realization that the woman is just stuck forever in the situation. The other is a couple that find happiness, but realize life is not completely happy all the time and there's much introspection about life, and then there's the magnificent Anna Karenina that finds herself in a loveless marriage and is swept totally away by Count Vronsky. This is a situation where there is tragedy when sometimes people make choices in life and are not able to live with it. I just can't say enough about this book. All the characters you loved then disliked many times over. I could not wait to get back to it and I was sorry to see it end. I've never been moved so by a book and it is a tragic one. The famous first lines are: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And so it is.

I read the free Kindle version and had no problems with it whatsoever. I've read many complaints about different translations and that they were hard to follow. This is not true with this. I had no difficulty reading it at all.

The book is a magnificent piece of literature.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ѦѺ on August 1, 2012
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"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy

when Anna Arkadyevna Karenina's visits her brother Stepan "Stiva" Arkadyevich Oblonsky, she meets Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, a military officer. sparks fly at this fateful encounter and both begin an affair that will change their lives and of those around them forever...
though adultery is a major theme in Leo Tolstoy's novel, i look at the whole story as more of a social commentary than a morality play.
through its characters, i was able to take a glimpse into the lives of the nobility and the peasants in Russia during the late 19th century. social, political and economic issues were predominant throughout the book. religion is also discussed but it is presented more as a personal quest rather than as a collective undertaking.
with regard to extramarital affairs, it is taboo and a stigma for women to indulge in them. even today, a woman who takes on a lover regardless of her partner's status is frowned upon. men, on the other hand, appear to be exempt from this stigma and their having liaisons do not seem to affect their standing and regard in society.
love takes on many forms and manifestations in the story. for Anna Karenina, love is an ideal. to her, it is easily accessible yet it remains elusive at the same time. later, her notion of what love is escalates into obsession and it becomes the catalyst of her undoing in the end.
despite some dull moments, what makes the whole novel interesting for me is not the story itself but the way Leo Tolstoy presented his ideas and put them all together to make a coherent one.
overall, reading this novel was quite a rewarding experience and it was not as daunting as i thought it would be. i am really gratified i finally got the chance to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay V on February 20, 2013
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I started reading this just because it's a classic and I was in the mood for something traditional. It's an interesting story, and I enjoy the way Tolstoy writes (albeit a translation), showing many sides and perspectives to a variety of social themes. However, what can I say, I got bored reading about someone cutting the grass for fifteen pages.

I have yet to finish this book, and I started it months ago. Normally I would wait to write a review until I've read the whole book, but who knows when I'll pick it back up again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Dempsey on May 11, 2014
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This book for me was overly detailed and confusing. It was hard for me to follow the characters.I found it very difficult to want to read another chapter. I guess I kept reading- waiting for something to spark my interest.This is my first Tolstoy book and I don't know who I would recommend it to. I finished the book but was not glad that I chose to read it. Others may enjoy the book - I did not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Rossman on November 13, 2012
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It is a great story, well told! (If I were Robert McKee, that would be the end of it...because, really what else is there to say, as he would so famously put it)

A sense of place in time and history could not be better described. It's Russia and cold, in the time of carriages and sledges. The aristocracy, the peasants, the brutal weather, the politics of the time and debates over communism and socialism, etc. You as a reader are transformed back to that period.

The language is fitting and therefore difficult. Long unfamiliar Russian names where everyone has a first, middle and last name. Stiff conversations where it seems to take forever to get to the point. Still, I was there. (once you know that the book is 900+ pages, you have to be patient)

Characters are so well flushed out via their physical features, thoughts, desires, strengths and weaknesses that I began to guess how they would react to each and every scene. Anna, however, is star pupil. I didn't see what happened to her as what would occur.

It is a classic. EPIC is scope, language, plot. And that really is all I can say. Highly recommended. This is one NOT to miss. Possibly reread.
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Did you download this book because of the new movie?
I first discovered this book when I came across the trailer for the movie. So you can say I am downloading this book because of the movie. I would suspect that other people are just discovering it too because of the new movie.
Dec 10, 2012 by Heather R. Adams |  See all 2 posts
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