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Anna Karenina Paperback – June 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0553213461 ISBN-10: 0553213466

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics (June 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 (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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The book is over 800 pages!
Kara Kramme
We are drawn into the consciousness of his characters and share their feelings of love, rejection, fears, ecstasies and humiliation.
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It's a great book to read if you don't have much time to read, as you can read a whole chapter in a matter of minutes.
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32 of 36 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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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Student on August 15, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure what moved me to take on this book as my introduction to Tolstoy, but I'm glad I did. I found the writing (partial credit to the translator) to be rich without being presumptuous. The story development was magnificent, so much more than just plot development; I loved the "background" stories that had little to do with the main plot but which added dimension to the characters. Still, about 2/3 of the way through I became bored, at which point I almost gave up the book. I'm glad I persevered, though - the ending was magnificent. (Side note: as a feminist, it was gratifying to see that the adulterous MAN paid a price for his indiscretion too, in some ways even a dearer price than Anna.)
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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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 fanfiction.net.

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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