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Novel by Leo Tolstoy, published in installments between 1875 and 1877 and considered one of the pinnacles of world literature. The narrative centers on the adulterous affair between Anna, wife of Aleksey Karenin, and Count Vronsky, a young bachelor. Karenin's discovery of the liaison arouses only his concern for his own public image. Anna promises discretion for the sake of her husband and young son but eventually becomes pregnant by Vronsky. After the child is born, Anna and the child accompany Vronsky first to Italy, then to his Russian estate. She begins making furtive trips to see her older child and grows increasingly bitter toward Vronsky, eventually regarding him as unfaithful. In desperation she goes to the train station, purchases a ticket, and then impulsively throws herself in front of the incoming train. A parallel love story, involving the difficult courtship and fulfilling marriage of Kitty and Levin, provides rich counterpoint to the tragedy and is thought to reflect Tolstoy's own marital experience. There is an inevitability about the tragic fate that hangs over the adulterous love of Anna and Vronsky. "Vengeance is mine, I will repay" is the leitmotiv of the story. Anna pays not so much because she transgresses the moral code but because she refuses to observe the proprieties customarily exacted in such liaisons by the hypocritical high society to which she belongs. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, Russian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1182 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613821530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613821534
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I started reading this book as a challenge to myself...and found myself getting completely caught up in its fascinating characters and fast-moving plotlines. The story is timeless (although a background in 19th century Russian history would have made some of the political themes and the social pressures felt by the characters more meaningful to me). Its so easy to be captivated by the characters. At times they are so flawed and so disillusioned that you want to jump inside the pages and kick some sense into them! But this was a wonderful novel--don't be frightened by its length!!
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Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books of all times. It's a book I read in college and have returned to numerous times, just to savor the beautiful writing. No one compares to Tolstoy. I'd read somewhere that after he'd finished this book, he'd thrown it out because he hadn't known what he'd written. His wife pulled it out of the trash and saved it because its writing so deeply moved her as a woman. I think this book speaks to hard choices women have had to make throughout history, and to the responsibility men have of protecting and standing by the women in their lives. It's a beautiful book, one that still resonates deeply within me every time I read it.
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Format: Hardcover
In 2004 CRW released an abridged version of Anna Karenina in the Collector's library -a collection of very small well-made hardbacks. Most of their offerings in the collection are unabridged but there was the occasional title which would seem to be too large for the small 4x6 format. At some point they decided to go ahead and publish longer works uncut and nice fat little volumes of some of Dickens' novels appeared. Later an entire Don Quixote appeared but with a smaller print than other books in the collection.

This year (2010), to my delight, they decided to re-release Anna Karenina unabridged in honor of the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy's death. It's a nice thick little volume. I am happy they decided to go with the standard sized print.

The translation is the Maude. If you're going to buy the Maude and not a newer translation, this is THE edition to get. It has a cloth cover, ribbon marker, gilded page edges and a sturdy sewn binding. It's a very well made book that is smaller than the cheapo paperbacks. I was contemplating buying an Everyman's Library edition until I learned they were coming out with it in this collection.

Small is definitely beautiful.
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished `Anna Karenina', for the first time. Recently I read `War and Peace', for the first time since boyhood.

Both novels completely blew me away. War and Peace is more enjoyable, for me the characters are much more likeable. I didn't really warm to any of the characters in Anna, and for me the territory explored by the novel, set in late nineteenth century Russia, is much more difficult. War and Peace is a war story with splendid characters, and with them a celebration of the spirit of Russia and a meditation on politics, leadership, and such philosophical considerations as free will and so on. Anna Karenina, on the other hand, is a discussion of the intricacies of marriage and relationships with a comprehensiveness only rivalled in my reading by Doris Lessing's `Golden Notebook'. Lessing incidentally admires the nineteenth century novel and works from its traditions. Tolstoy is interested in the effects of social attitudes to divorce and the context both of Christianity both personal and schematic and also the influence of modern intellectual attitudes.

As I say, Tolstoy's approach, like Lessing's, is rigorous and comprehensive, and both courageous and confident.

To say that this novel gave me food for thought , at the age of 62, is an understatement.

Incidentally I read the Magarshack transation in Signet which I quite liked, it flows well. However there are no notes and no translations of the French and occasional German in the text. Also I didn't find the academic introduction of much interest.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
I read Anna Karenina a few years ago because I wanted to try something from the Russian writers. I did not expect to get so completely caught up in such a beautifully written story. The thing that touched me most deeply was his handling of Anna's depression. He resisted the trap so many authors even today fall into of describing it as sadness only. Most of her bad days were spent being irritable and anxious, 2 very real manifestations of depression. I found it amazing that he had that kind of insight in the 19th century! When I saw that Audible had released it with Maggie Gyllenhaal performing it, I almost regretted not waiting, but not really. I loved her performance of The Bell Jar, and may just have to get Anna too.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Now I know why I never finished this book when I tried to read it in my 20s. Very long, drawn out and I really didn't care if I knew the ending about halfway through. If it hadn't been for getting Audible I never would have finished it. I know many love this story, it just was not for me.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Anna Karenina was wonderful, an automatic page turner, I couldn't put the book down! This book goes deep into people's emotions, needs and desires. This book was very long but is still a good read that tells a story of love and courage, it gets the reader wondering what will come of everyones lives, what will happen next?Tolstoy is a phenomenal writer and just knows how to use ordinary events and characters to examine war, religion, feminism and any other things. His work is very characterized by a not so complicated style of writing and his work has deep insight into human nature. If you Like The Scarlet Letter, You'll Love Anna Karenina even more.
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