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Anna Karenina Paperback – April 15, 2013
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me the edition read by Maggie Gyllenhaal left a lot to be desired. I got mine through Audible and just returned it for the one read by David Horovitch. Ms. Read morePublished 3 days ago by V. H. Shaw
An amazing read! It brings the old Russia to life in a riveting way. Tolstoy's insight into the inner life of the characters is compassionate and profound.Published 8 months ago by b.gopinath
Every family truly is unhappy in their own way, and Tolstoy's novel covers all the facets of human interaction with such breadth of scope. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JeriWB
first read this book about 30 years ago - wonderful read I enjoyed it all over againPublished 16 months ago by doloresHogan
Suddenly, all the little awkward vignettes in the movie make sense. A true classic.Published 19 months ago by Patricia S. Deatrick
I originally wanted this version b/c it was "enhanced". Which meant 3 or 4 pictures scattered throughout the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit redundante and slow, but cautivating from the beginning. I truly enjoyed it, it shows the moral standard that had to be kept, even in a hypocritical manner.Published 20 months ago by Gladys Alvarado
the story was way too long so I ended up putting the book away...Published 20 months ago by Karina Boucher