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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics (July 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553213466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553213461
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Student on 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 By A Customer on July 19, 1996
Format: Paperback
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 By NJKramer on June 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 By ihatequinn@hotmail.com on November 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
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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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.
When these two spaces are going to become one, love happens.
However, Anna loves her very young child, and she is tied up by her husband.
Vronsky earl is tied up by his mother.
Even if they are going to become one, a collision occurs before long because two people are going to move freely.
In this way tragedy happens ..
We had better look at the scene of the encounter of two people whom Tolstoy describes.
The ability as his splendid artist vividly appears there.
It is terrible power of description.

【 With the insight of a man of the world, from one glance at this lady’s appearance Vronsky classified her as belonging to the best society. He excused himself, and was about to get into the carriage, but felt he must glance at her once more; not because of the elegance and modest grace that were apparent in her whole figure, but because in the expression of her charming face, as she passed close by him, there was something peculiarly caressing and soft. As he looked around, she too turned her head.
Her shining gray eyes, which looked dark from the thick lashes, rested with friendly attention on his face, as though she recognized him, and then promptly turned away to the passing crowd, as tough seeking someone. In that brief look Vronsky had time to notice the suppressed eagerness which played over her face, and flitted between the brilliant eyes and the faint smile that curved her red lips. It was as though her nature was so brimming over with something that against her will it showed itself now in the flash of her eyes , and now in her smile.】
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