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Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful love story

I picked up this book when I was browsing in the bookstore for something to entertain me on my long flight overseas. One of my close friends has just recently read the book and highly recommended this classic novel. Although I was a little intimidated by size, I decided...
I picked up this book when I was browsing in the bookstore for something to entertain me on my long flight overseas. One of my close friends has just recently read the book and highly recommended this classic novel. Although I was a little intimidated by size, I decided to give it a shot. I read nonstop on my 12-hour flight, except to eat. I continued to read it during my vacation and would get so wrapped up in the events that I would have a hard time finding a stopping point. Parts 7 and 8, roughly the last 200 pages, were definitely the best parts of the novel due to some very intense scenes. Anna Karenina is a romantic novel that shows Russian society and Russian countryside through the eyes of two main characters. Anna Karenina is a married woman who falls in love with another man and debates leaving him to become an outcast from society and Konstantin Levin is a landowner who is searches to fulfill his life through strenuous labor and marriage. Tolstoy¿s intricate details and colorful characters weave a wonderful story about passion and life in Russia. Anna Karenina is married to the influential government official, Alexey Androvitch, but becomes entranced by the attractive army officer, Count Alexey Vronsky. She must make the heart wrenching decision to stay in a loveless marriage or to leave her son for the man she loves. She risks becoming an outcast from society and being looked down upon by the people who she calls friends. Konstantin Levin is an affluent landowner who is searching for faith and religion throughout the story. He is desperately in love with Kitty, a princess who has her eyes set elsewhere. Levin¿s conversations allow readers to reflect on their own life and think topics discussed in Russian society however, some of the political discussions were a bit boring at times. Generally I preferred reading about the drama between Anna and Vronsky because I enjoy reading love stories. However, Levin¿s transformation and evolution as the book progressed was very inspiring and made me think about my faith. All in all Tolstoy captures audiences and makes readers feel like they are back in nineteenth century Russia. The numerous characters all play a special role in bringing the book to life and are all connected in some way. Every character is described in such detail that a reader feels like they know the person. His words make readers reflect on themselves and human existence in general. This book brings to life many emotions from love to anger to distress. It is a wonderful tale that still relates to modern society, as we know it today. Don¿t be intimidated by the size, I honestly didn¿t remember flipping the pages because I got engrossed in the storylines and it is a book that you should make the time to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to read a novel that will have you devouring one word after the next.

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2007

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63 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

This is the Garnett Translation

This is a well-formatted edition, so kudos for that, but let's talk translations. This is the same 1901 rendering by Constance Garnett used in most of the e-editions out there. Though familiar (especially for its opening sentence), it is widely criticized for its defici...
This is a well-formatted edition, so kudos for that, but let's talk translations. This is the same 1901 rendering by Constance Garnett used in most of the e-editions out there. Though familiar (especially for its opening sentence), it is widely criticized for its deficiencies and considered a poor choice among better alternatives. The 1918 Maude translation is far better. It is the one most read in college literature classes. The Norton Critical Edition uses the Maude translation, with some revisions by George Gibian. That edition has not been published for e-readers, but a good NOOK edition of the Maude translation is attached to this review (or search "Anna Karenina Maude"). The 2000 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is the one associated with Oprah's Book Club. Oprah selected the novel itself more than a particular translation, but a print edition of the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation was featured on her website, so people think of that one as Oprah's pick. The NOOK edition is attached to this review (or search "Anna Karenina Pevear"). It is debatable which translation is better, the Maude or the Peavear and Volokhonsky. The influence of the translator is second only to the author in shaping the text. The quality of the translation is crucial. Online bookstores should require publishers of translated works to list the translator. Publishers, please identify the translator, not just in the book, but on the website product page!

posted by ereaderbookworm on March 12, 2011

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    Posted October 27, 2012

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Give this book a try.

    This book follows the life of Anna Karenina. There are many characters to keep track of. The setting of the book is mainly in Russia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Highly overrated.

    Being an avid classics reader, I was excited to finally begin reading this book. I read countless reviews about how it is 'the best novel of all time.' and how Tolsoy is 'absolutely brilliant.' I have to say, this novel dissapointed me due to my high expectations. I have to say, there were a couple moments where I found it captivating and beautifully written. On the contrary, most of the times I found it boring. It seemed to drag on and on and I thought as if I would never finish it.
    By the end of the novel I began to hate Anna Karenina and had a hard time feeling sorry for her. The depressing ending was almost predictable. I'm glad I read this novel(being a classics snob and all) but I do not believe I will ever have the desire to read it again.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    Be Objective.

    This book was certainly not what I expected from the much acclaimed Tolstoy. This being the first of his novels that I've read, I must say, it's an awful, soul crushing, mind numbingly terrible experience. It is the most overrated chunk of wood pulp ever to have ink foisted upon it. This book is often noted for how intellectually stimulating it is. I say bull, just because you don't get what's going on, doesn't mean that in reality the writer had some super nuanced message. No, in fact this time, there really is nothing happening. I've heard others say how it sucks you in, this is true to an extent. It's like a mystery novel, but this time the mystery is what the point of the whole damn story is.

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