"Anna Karenina" was begun in 1873, seven years after the publication of "War & Peace," and appeared in installments from 1875-1877. It's one of Tolstoy's masterpieces, written at the height of his power & reflecting almost every aspect of his method & attitudes. Set in the period following the... show more
"Anna Karenina" was begun in 1873, seven years after the publication of "War & Peace," and appeared in installments from 1875-1877. It's one of Tolstoy's masterpieces, written at the height of his power & reflecting almost every aspect of his method & attitudes.
Set in the period following the Emancipation of the Serfs in 1861, a time of intense social change, it's the story of a woman who refuses to be fettered by social conventions, the wife of a government bureaucrat who falls in love with a rich army officer & leaves husband & child for her lover.
As Matthew Arnold wrote, "We are not to take 'Anna Karenina' as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life."
Publish date: 1978
Pages no: 873
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
, Russian Literature
(Original Review, 1981-02-24)If you're not familiar with the The Orthodox Church's intricacies, don't bother reading the novel. It might also to understand the social context in which Anna Karenina is set, which Tolstoy doesn't explain because he was writing for fellow members of the Orthodox Church...
i finished this over a long period of time, There’s something about Russian Literature and length.But it was masterfully written and mesmerising. Once I have started the novel, I was transported into a complex world that awed me and broke my heart. Anna, the main character, left a cold marriage wit...
The foremost impression I'm left with, since I have the last part very present, is this literary symmetry: Anna takes about sixty pages to come in, by train, and leaves the book sixty pages from the end, also by train (yes, I know, some dark humor).Next, also with the end very present, this sense th...
wow! how do one review Ana Karenjina! The best of the best! No words to describe! Read it in Russian. Or it is worth learning Russian so one is able to read Russian classics in their native tongue. Ahead of his time Tolstoy is a guru and a revolutionist and a wise man all at the same time. Did you k...
The number of times I've written this review, erased it, and completely rewrote it again from a different standpoint speaks volumes of the conflicting nature of ANNA KARENINA itself. Is it a trashy melodrama that wouldn’t be out of place on daytime television? An insightful glimpse into the economy ...
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