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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.
Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, and Bulgakov. Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov won the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. They are married and live in Paris, France.
Midway reading through this novel, I'm enjoying the characters. I feel for them as if I would know them. I can connect with their emotions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. C.
Throughout classic literature you come across a certain musical dualism where an author compares dissonant minded characters. Think of Gone with the Wind, or Wuthering Heights. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DOA
Had to read it for a school assignment so that took away 90% of the fun. Decent novel, but still leaves me begging to know why Tolstoy chose Anna to be the title character of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeroen Goossens
By the time she jumped in front of the train, I was ready to push her.Published 2 months ago by reader jane
This book is just plain beautiful. I love this version because of the footnotes....it keeps me from having to google things that I wouldn't have understood otherwise. Great!!Published 3 months ago by J. Lemere
Come on Amazon --this is Tolstoy! My 16 year old daughter and I are reading together and watching the BBC version along the way --she is completely enthralled as am I.Published 3 months ago by LStevens